On the Wings of a Butterfly
This creative and innovative project focuses on the initiative Write a Science Opera (WASO).
Write a Science Opera (WASO) is a creative, professional development approach to music and science education in which pupils of different ages, supported by teachers, opera artists, and scientists, become the creators of an educational performance.
WASO integrates science education into the original method by involving scientists who lead a creative process demonstrating common impulses shared by science and the arts.
On the Wings of a Butterfly follows this WASO approach. The project is being run by Louth Library Service and takes place in Dundalk Library. Facilitated by artist Daithí Kearney and scientist Bridget Kelly, it is assisted by students from Dundalk Institute of Technology.
Over six weeks in September and October 2019, fifth-class pupils from three local primary schools in Dundalk are set to explore the lives of butterflies, their impact on human life, and the threats to their species of climate change and pollution. School teachers are encouraged to link the WASO process to the school curriculum with opportunities to create links with other classroom-based activities.
This project uniquely hones in on and empowers the creativity in every child.