Working in Digital Media School Tour…

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So, this week we were going on a school tour to the Daíl and the Science Gallery.

The wheels on the bus...

The wheels on the bus...

Our first port of call was the Daíl on Kildare Street.

Daíl

Daíl

We met bright and early and waited for the stragglers to arrive and then we ventured into the place.

Just look at the enthusiasm on Del's face...

Just look at the enthusiasm on Del's face...

So, we went into the bar and had a cup of Coffee or Tea…depending on which side you were told to sit on. We got a fantastic tour of the whole building by a very nice guide. Inside the building, it is very nice. The tiles on the floor are hundreds of years old. Nice carpet, and the rails on the stairs were nice and clean. We went in and had a look at where all the Politicians sit and shout at each other, you see this on the television when the Oireachtas Report is on. We walked up a lot of stairs in the building, it would be unfortunate if you were in a wheelchair. We seen the Seanad, it has nice baby blue ceilings with faces and griffins on it. We walked down some stairs again, and seen the old money. From back in the day, like. That was deadly. I haven’t seen that money in years. Personally, I’m not a fan of the Euro notes and coins. They have no character and are pretty much the same in each country. Yeah, it’s great that we all came together and have the one currency…but I still prefer aul Catherine Mc Auley.

Catherine McAuley

Catherine McAuley

We seen a flag that was given to us by John F. Kennedy himself when he came to visit. It was from an Irish battalion that fought in a few of the American Civil Wars. It was good to see something like that. We also found out that an poblacht na heireann has about 140 mistakes in it. That was pretty much the tour of the Daíl.

We then broke for lunch, some went to McDonalds, others to Burger King and some even went to Wagamama!

Me and Del noticed this on the railings outside the Daíl. I think it could be a turf sign…

So, after lunch we met up at the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin (well, the one’s who didn’t get lost from the simple directions!). From the 20th of March until the 11th of June, there is an exhibition showing ‘Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef’. And the tagline is…drum roll…A Woolly Wonder. This is done by the Institute for Figuring and Companions.

So, “the distinctive crenellated forms of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef are variations of a mathematical structure known as ‘hyperbolic space‘. This geometry is an alternative to the canonical flat or Euclidean geometry that represents the surface of our Earth. Mathematicians spent hundreds of years trying to prove that anything like hyperbolic space was impossible only  to discover in the nineteenth century that the laws of mathematics necessitated this form.

In 1997, Dr. Daina Taimina discovered that it was possible to model hyperbolic space using crochet, an innovation that surprised the mathematical world. Her geometrically precise models are now used to help introduce university students to the subject of non0Euclidean geometry, the mathematics that underlies general relativity and which will therefore help us to understand the structure of our universe. The unique properties of this geometry were a source of fascination to the Dutch artist M.C. Escher, whose Circle Limit series of woodprints explore the rich tesellations possible within this space.” This was wrote on the wall behind one of the parts of the exhibition.

We were shown around the different parts of the exhibition and were explained what each piece was. Each of the objects in the exhibition were created but using wool. They used crochet techniques to create the shapes and colours.

Sexy Marty!

Sexy Marty!

Reef

Reef

Del in his element!

Del in his element!

Beaker

Beaker

That was our tour, of the Daíl and the Science Gallery.

Kevin’s Korner

Hello and welcome back to another installment of Kevin’s Korner , where opinions are opinions and nothing more.

As you have read already, we went on a school tour to the Daíl and to the Science Gallery…great. The Daíl was interesting enough with some of the stuff they have on the wall. And like I said previously, it was nice to see the old money on the wall, but and I think that it is a pretty big but, why were we visiting the Daíl? I didn’t really see the relevance of this visit. It was great to see this stuff but I would have rathered not skip the classes I had that day for it because after all, we aren’t studying politics nor do I care for politics. Thank you for organizing the trip all the same. I didn’t want to act like a spoiled brat, although it was hard.

Then onto the marvellously interesting Science Gallery. I do like a bit of Science Gallery activity, stuff like making an air pump into a vacuum cleaner or creating flash dancers using static electricity. Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef…well, fair play to the guys who have created this because it looks like you would need to have a lot of patience (while having a great bit of craic!). It was interesting to see but I felt like a thick when they started talking about the mathematics end of it…I thought I got away from Maths when I finished secondary school…how wrong was I!! Most of the stuff reminded me of Dr.Seuss…extremely colorful. Maybe he went to visit and puked with excitement. This isn’t to say that the exhibition is not good, it’s quite the opposite. It is actually quite interesting, but you need to know what the hell is going on to understand. Like the Daíl, I didn’t see the relevance here to our course. Ah well…maybe the next outing will be closer to what we’re studying.

‘Till the next time…