Spick and Span Science Hub

We at The Limerick Learning Hub are delighted to see our Science Hub coming to life before our very eyes! The workbenches are primed for our incoming young scientists and the microscopes are gleaming. We look forward to seeing some new Steve Spanglers like Sean, our resident Science Magician! Have a blast!

 

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Google Nexus 7 Review (2013 version)

Camera

The Nexus has a 5Mpx rear camera that performed well during testing. Even on a typical overcast Irish day I was impressed with the amount of colour captured by the camera both indoors and out(examples below). The camera’s auto-focus feature worked well, leaving me with little to do but point and press the button. The ability to move the point of focus to a particular person/area makes it easier to get maximum quality on the main subject of your picture. Another cool feature is the 360 panorama mode. This mode guides you through taking a series of images from a fixed point, then they are stitched together to form a full 360 view of your surroundings(see below).

Standard mode

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Panorama mode

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Apps
Equipped with a Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad Core Processor clocked at 1.5Ghz(accompanied by 2GB of ram), the tablet had no issues running any of the apps tested during my evaluation. These apps ranged from Instagram to high end games with no noticeable loss in performance. The Google store has caught up with Apple in terms of the amount of apps available and with support for other independent stores there is a wide variety of apps available for the Android system.

Screen
The tablet has a 7 inch LED screen with a 1980*1200 resolution. This provides a clear and colourful display with no visible pixalation on text or icons. Viewing angles are good but can it can be occasionally hard to see in daylight (especially while playing any games that require tilting the device). As this is an issue with all tablets/smartphones I have used, it is hard to be too critical on this point. The touch controls on the device are very responsive allowing smooth navigation of the system and control of apps.

Sound
There is a speaker on either side of the the back of the tablet to create a stereo effect if held in landscape mode. The sound was clear and loud enough to enjoy a movie but I found music sounded hollow so headphones are recommended if you want to get good quality sound.

Storage
This version of the Nexus comes with 16GB of storage and doesn’t support the option to add more space via SD card like many similar devices. This might be limiting for some but with so many options to host files online (e.g. cloud storage) there are ways around this problem if needs be.

Verdict
With a great screen for watching movies, enough processing power for high end games and a decent enough camera to snap a few pics, I found the Nexus to be a great device. The main criticisms of the device would be the storage restrictions (which can be overcome with online storage) and that a 5Mpx camera is average by todays standards. For me the camera performed well and for the current price this tablet is good value for money.

Getting Spooky!

With Hallowe’en around the corner, volunteers got spooky for the Northside Family Resource Centre Homework Club here in the Hub on Tuesday September 30th. We played Name Games and Chinese Whispers both of which gave us hilarious results from the children involved and gave us a chance to get to know them. We got on to the spooky side of our class when we asked the children for ideas on what scares them. Below are the results written on our flip-chart. We at the Hub would like to thank representatives of the Northside Family Resource Centre for their support and time. We cannot wait for next week! Mwahahaha!

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Classes in Full Swing

Music classes have been in full flow since Monday with both students and Hub volunteers learning new instruments or, for those who have already experienced the instruments, continuing lessons with tutors. Classes also include vocals. Everyone knows, the human voice is an important musical instrument too!

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Art Classes are also off to a great start. We love to see so much colour making our Hub lovely and bright.  And you never know, we may have the next Picasso in our midst!

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Classes have begun!

This semester’s classes have officially begun!

The season’s lessons have kicked off as of three o’clock today as our eager new students made their way to the Art Hub

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and the Music Hub

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Later our first class of kickboxing will take place in the new and improved activities building.

Unfortunately the ongoing renovations mean that the Science Hub is not ready to host classes just yet, but they will begin next week for our future scientists.

It’s great to see so many enthusiastic faces, and we would like to wish all our students the best of luck in their activities!!

Hub Pzazz

Everyone is chipping in today as we go about sprucing the place up ahead of Monday’s classes. There will be painting and scrubbing galore in the space which will become our snazzy Youth Cafe and other areas in the main building will be spick-and-span. We will all have our exercise done for the day for sure. Make sure to bring sunglasses on Monday because you may be blinded by the dazzling shine!

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Second Day Recruiting for Youth Cafe

Today the volunteers at The Learning Hub are going to Salesians to gather feedback, with regards to the Youth Cafe, from students there. Yesterday we gathered a crowd of St. Nessan’s students who were very excited about joining the Hub for classes as well as for the Youth Cafe. Kick-boxing, especially, was a very popular choice.

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After yesterday’s very successful turnout in St. Nessan’s, we hope to find even more students in Salesians willing to avail of the Youth Cafe. A huge welcome, in advance, to all students joining us in both the Hub and in the Youth Cafe!

Registration Evening

We at The Learning Hub had a fantastic crowd of almost a hundred people registering for classes on Thursday evening 18th September from 4pm to 6pm last week.

 

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We would like to express our gratitude to all who attended on Thursday evening and to the volunteers who helped to make the event run as smoothly as possible for all involved. We at the Hub would also like to thank all who registered for their feedback via surveys.

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Come Register for Classes!!

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Registration for this autumn’s programs takes place this Thursday, the 18th of September at the Learning Hub.
All parents are welcome to come and sign their kids up for classes at the Science Hub, Art Hub, Music Hub, Film Hub, and Kickboxing Hub.
This year will be a busy one here at the Hub, so classes will be scheduled depending on demand from our users.
Call into the Hub on Thursday to pick up a pastime! The registration open night takes place from 4pm-6pm.