Entertainment Competitions

Saturday 15 December 2018

Curious and inventive children wanted to join our Wonder Panel

Closing Date: Friday March 16 2018

Curious and inventive children wanted to join our Wonder Panel
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Is your child full of wonder? Are they a curious and inventive stretchy thinker who enjoys figuring things out?

If so, they could be in line for a spot on the UCD and Irish Independent Wonder Panel – a unique gathering that will help to create a series of exciting books that challenge young minds and their imaginations.

To coincide with World Book Day, we are looking for six children aged between 8-12 to contribute to this year’s editions of the highly-successful Science Apprentice series of books.

In the weekly Science Apprentice series, published by University College Dublin and supported by Science Foundation Ireland and the Environmental Protection Agency, readers are brought on an interactive journey from how things are made, virtual and augmented reality and super bodies to clean cities and all topics to do with the air.

Throughout the books, Irish experts are on hand to explain concepts and answer questions as we uncover some of the big ideas that are changing our lives.

In 2016, our Science Apprentice series of five fun books was a hit with readers, and encouraged children and adults of all ages to explore the science, technology, engineering and mathematics of the world around us.

Our Wonder Panel advisors will meet a number of times to tease out the ideas in the books in a fun way, with their parents and teachers being offered an opportunity to join in.

Participation will involve three trips to University College Dublin on Friday afternoons on the 20th of April, 18th of May and 22nd June.

The Wonder Panel will come to the Kilty Outreach Laboratory in the O’Brien Centre for Science to meet the scientists involved in the project. The panel will also help the writer develop our stories and help our designer with page and character design. We want to work with the Wonder Panel to figure out how to create the best books possible.

With your permission, they can tell us about how they think differently. Please refrain from including any information which could in any way identify your child.

If your child would like to be involved in this creative adventure, simply fill in your contact details and the stretchy thoughts of your child below.


Terms & Conditions

  1. By entering this competition, you acknowledge these terms and conditions and consent to your personal data being managed in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  2. In addition, your details will be passed to UCD where the Wonder Panel will be selected and your personal data will be handled according to their Privacy Policy. Your data will not be shared with any other organisations without your explicit consent.
  3. The promoters are Independent News and Media Public Limited Company, 27-32 Talbot St, Dublin 1 (“INM”). INM will provide the prize to the winner.
  4. The competition is to win a place/places on the UCD and Irish Independent Wonder Panel.
  5. To enter the competition,  fill in your details and answer the question.
  6. The competition runs from 1st March to 16th March 2018.
  7. Entrants must be available to attend all three of the Wonder Panels on 20th April, 18th May and 22nd June.
  8. The entry information will be shared by the Irish Independent with UCD to facilitate judging.
  9. The details of the children selected will be kept on file by UCD and the Irish Independent until 25th May to use in the judging process. On 28th May, the held data will be destroyed.
  10. By entering, all eligible entrants agree to abide by each and all these terms and conditions. The entry form will be part of the overall terms and conditions. Misrepresentative or fraudulent entries will invalidate an entry. Where a competition involves a voting process: offering or receiving any incentive for voting is not permitted and will invalidate the vote, and may disqualify the recipient of the vote. INM reserves the right, with or without cause, to exclude entrants and withhold prizes for violating any of these terms and conditions. INM reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions. Any amendments will be published on the website.
  11. Promotion is open to any parent over 18 years of age entering on behalf of their child. INM reserves the right to request written proof of age from the winner.
  12. Employees and agents of INM or any company connected with the promotion or any of INM’s associated companies are not eligible to take part in the applicable competition, nor are their immediate family members. For these purposes an "immediate family member" includes a spouse, partner, child, step child, grandchild, brother, step brother, sister, step sister, parent, step parent or legal guardian.
  13. Each entrant can enter this competition once only.
  14. Use of a false email, name or address by an entrant will disqualify them from receiving any prize.
  15. The competition winning entry will be selected in a draw by an independent judging panel. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence or communication will be entered into. Winner (s) will be contacted by email, telephone or post.
  16. In the case of conflict between these rules and such specific directions/terms and conditions, these rules shall prevail. By participating in this competition, you are deemed to accept these rules and the specific directions/terms and conditions applicable to the individual prizes, as specified above.
  17. Failure to claim a prize within 5 days will make any claim invalid.
  18. No responsibility is accepted for entries damaged, lost or mislaid and proof of posting will not be accepted as proof of delivery. No entries will be accepted by agents, in bulk or from third parties.
  19. Winners will be notified within 20 days of the relevant closing date, by email, phone or post. Names of winners of major promotions are available by sending an SAE to Independent News & Media, 27-32 Talbot St, Dublin 1 up to one month after the closing date.
  20. Any additional costs and expenses incurred by the prize winner are to be the responsibility of the prize winner.
  21. The determination and decision of INM on all matters shall be final and no competition correspondence will be entered into. INM reserve the right in their reasonable discretion: (a) to disqualify any claimant, competitor or nominee whose conduct is contrary to the spirit of the rules or the intention of the promotion and to declare as void any or all of their claims or entries based on such conduct; (b) to declare as void any claims or entries resulting from any printing, production and/or distribution errors (including but not limited to any error(s) in the magazine, this website, and/or other printed materials, or where there has been error(s) in any aspect of the preparation for or conduct of the promotion materially affecting the result of the promotion or the number of claimants or the value of claims; (c) to add to or to waive any rules on reasonable notice; and/or (d) to cancel the promotion or any part of it at any stage in the event of circumstances beyond INM’s reasonable control.
  22. Prizes are non-transferable, may not be re-sold and are subject to availability. If a prize is unavailable due to circumstances out of INM’s control, INM will take all reasonable steps to substitute the prize with a suitable alternative. No cash alternative will be awarded in lieu of stated prize(s).
  23. The promotion may also be declared void should a printing or production error in connection with the competition appear in the magazine or on this website.
  24. Entrants acknowledge and accept that publicity may be given to competition winners and winners’ names and images may be published on Independent.ie website, social media channels and other website(s) relating to the promotion. Winners must co-operate fully for publicity purposes if so required.
  25. All entrants agree not to engage in any interviews or make any statements in connection with or arising from the competition without the written consent of INM.
  26. INM reserves the right to publish entries (including parts of entries) other than the winning entry and publication does not necessarily mean the entrant has won a prize.
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  28. INM will not be liable for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind or lost or unavailable network connections that may limit or prohibit an eligible entrant’s ability to participate in the competition. Other than death or personal injury arising from the acts or omissions of INM or its employees, INM will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winner’s (or their guest’s) enjoyment of the prize.
  29. INM reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend a competition and/or vary competition rules at any time without prior notice.