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Stranmillis pupils dock for Titanic history lesson

Published 17/02/2011

Stranmillis Primary School pupils have enjoyed a ‘titanic experience’ at Belfast’s maritime landmark sites, courtesy of the Northern Ireland Science Park.

The Science Park has designed an educational experience aligned with the curriculum for primary and post-primary schoolchildren.

In addition to onsite exhibition material, visiting schools can support their school work with an activity and information pack which encourages learning through games and teamwork. The pack can be downloaded from www.titanicsdock.com/Education.aspx.

On the day pupils from Stranmillis took a guided tour of the site where they were able to gather an understanding of the story of the dock and surrounding shipyards.

Visiting the Edwardian Pump-House Visitor Centre pupils absorbed the sounds and sights of the powerful pumps brought to life through a state-of-the-art audio-visual experience.

To capture the size and scale of the Titanic they walked along the full length of the dock to the 30-foot replica of the ship’s steel bow, built by Channel 4 as part of 5-part series, ‘Titanic: The Mission’, which saw engineers demonstrate the level of expertise used by the famous RMS Titanic builders.

Mervyn Watley, of NISP, said: “These landmarks represent the golden age of the shipbuilding industry in Belfast and here at the Northern Ireland Science Park we want to share with the younger generations the engineering success and technological innovation that has put Northern Ireland on the map.

Guided tours are available daily. For details visit www.titanicsdock.com.

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