Education Programmes

The Rediscovery Centre education programmes have been developed to promote waste prevention, minimisation and reuse and to complement our current Rediscovery Centre projects. We provide workshops for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Third Level institutions as well as libraries, youth and community groups, language schools, and toddler groups. We can also provide activities as part of a summer camp or festival programme.

All Rediscovery Centre educators are highly experienced in the delivery of children’s education workshops, Garda vetted and trained in child protection.


Click on the links below for more information:



Primary Level Education Programme

We currently offer the following workshops to Primary Schools:

In-house workshops in Ballymun:

  • Half day workshop on waste (in Ballymun)
  • Half day workshop on energy (in Ballymun)
  • Half day workshop on biodiversity (in Ballymun)
  • Click here to watch a video of one of our in house workshops

  • Outreach workshops in your school: 1.5hr workshop on waste 1.5hr workshop on energy 1.5hr workshop on energy & circuits 1.5hr workshop on water 1.5hr workshop on biodiversity 1.5hr workshop on forces 1.5hr workshop on sustainable travel 1.5hr workshop on litter 1hr workshop on space

  • 1.5hr workshop on engineering

    We also offer specialist workshops for Engineers Week, Science Week, Maths Week and Heritage Week.

  • All our workshops are linked to the SESE curriculum and are based on hands on enquiry and experiential learning. They are ideal for schools participating in the Green Schools programme or for schools seeking to gain an award of Science and Maths Excellence through the Discover Primary Science and Maths programme ( under which the Rediscovery Centre is an accredited Discover Centre.


    The Rediscovery Centre supplies all required equipment and materials for the workshop.  In keeping with our ethos the majority of materials used are from recycled or reused sources. Teacher’s notes and follow on activities will be supplied for use in the classroom to reinforce learning after the workshop. Click here to download more information on our Primary School workshops.

Self-guided programmes:
We have developed an Engineering Trail around Ballymun which is suitable for 8-12 year olds. This is a self-guided trail which lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Guided trails can be provided on request, please contact us for more information. Click here to download the Engineering Trail

Reviews from teachers on our Primary School Workshops:

  • "The activities and content were pitched very well to the students’ level and they were engaged through the workshop. Very enjoyable” - North Dublin National School Project, Ballymun, Dublin 11#
  • “This was so hands-on and all the pupils were completely engaged. It’s not often you find a workshop that keeps an entire class engaged for 1 ½ hours”- Mother of Divine Grace, Ballygall, Dublin 9
  • “Super – highly recommend it!“ – Our Lady’s Grove, Goatstown, Dublin 14
  • “Workshops should always be this hands-on and interactive for the children. My class loved their activities today” - Stepaside ETNS, Kilternan, Co Dublin
  • “Pupils were engaged at all times, loads of hands-on activities” – Our Lady’s Hospital School, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Second Level Education Programme

The Rediscovery Centre also offers workshops for second level students which are linked to the second level curriculum through CSPE (Concept of Stewardship), Art, Science, Geography, Maths and English. This cross curricular approach provides students with an opportunity to be creative and develop analytical skills in a hands-on way. 

The workshops currently available include:

Introduction to waste management (Suitable for 1st – 3rd years, TY)

  • Introduction to sustainable design (Suitable for 1st – 3rd years, TY)
  • Introduction to energy (Suitable for 1st – 2nd years)
  • Introduction to landfill ((Suitable for 1st – 3rd years, TY)
  • TY Sustainability tour

Click here to download more information on our Secondary School workshops.

Reviews from teachers on our Secondary School Workshops: “All activities were ideal for the group. The kids really enjoyed the Rediscovery experience!” - Blanchardstown Youth Service

  • “The workshops are excellent and would hugely benefit all of the young people we work with” – Foroige Tyrrelstown
  • “I think the workshop was pitched at just the right level with a very good ratio of students to instructors. The hands-on approach was very good and effective” – Colaiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow
  • “It was excellent. The mix of hands-on activities made it really beneficial for pupils” – Colaiste Bhride, Carnew, Co Wicklow


Workshops for libraries and community groups

The Rediscovery Centre can deliver workshops in your library, either to local schools or as open sessions. As well as the workshops outlined in the sections, we also offer workshops that complement National science and environmental awareness weeks and events e.g. Science Week, Heritage Week, Bike Week, Biodiversity Week, European Week for Waste Reduction etc. We can also deliver themed arts and crafts workshops on a seasonal basis e.g. Easter, Halloween, Christmas. Click here to download more information on our Library workshops.


We can also facilitate workshops for youth groups, language schools, toddler groups and at summer camps and festivals. Please contact us to discuss.

Third Level Education Services

The Rediscovery Centre can deliver lectures on a wide range of issues including environmental sustainability, resource efficiency, sustainable design, sustainable fashion and social enterprise development. We can also facilitate field trips and placements for third level students.

Information on our community based learning and research programmes can be found on our Research page.

  • Contact us

Programme Manager: Sarah Clear
T: (01) 8933801



Below is a selection of downloadable resources and links to assist you with implementing scientific and environmental activities in the classroom. Should you book a workshop, additional activities and teacher’s notes will be supplied.

  • Short animation about waste in Ireland and the Rediscovery Centre