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RTÉjr Radio launches The Discovery Lab

3 October 2012: RTÉjr Radio launches The Discovery Lab. A new science programme for children

RTÉjr Radio’s first science series for children begins on Saturday 6 October at 9am. The Discovery Lab is presented by Trinity College science graduate and journalist Louise Denvir and brings Ireland’s junior scientists on an educational rollercoaster of super scientific phenomena.

In this six-part series which runs every Saturday at 9am, Louise will welcome a panel of junior scientists to The Discovery Lab from all across Ireland, where they will explore the science of the world around them. The Discovery Lab junior scientists are bursting with creative ideas and entertaining anecdotes and have great fun recounting their science stories.

The first programme, called Sea Life, which airs on 6 October, sees Galway’s junior scientists visit the Galway Atlantiquaria and Salthill Beach where they discover the physics of saltwater, the geography of coastal processes and the habitats of sharks. Wicklow’s junior scientists will be out in force too, as they discover the marine biology of Ireland’s coastline, conducting a rock pooling field experiment on the famous Bray seafront.

The Discovery Lab panel of junior scientists will interview many working scientists across the course of the six week series, such as Dr. Matthew Jebb of the National Botanic Gardens and Dr. Tina Aughney of Bat Conservation Ireland.

With programme themes ranging from space and Ireland’s peatlands to dinosaurs, Ireland’s young science fans and scientists of the future are sure to be enthralled with this world of discovery.

There will also be a very special Halloween programme on ‘Ireland at Night’ on 27 October.

RTÉjr Radio Station Editor Martina McGlynn says: “Louise has developed a wonderful and engaging science series that will nurture the natural curiosity in the children who are listening. We are proud to have a science series for children on RTÉjr Radio, and hope to promote the pursuit of knowledge for children in fun and engaging way.”