Dig it Kids provides fun hands on learning for young archaeologists. We offer school programmes, afterschool programmes and camps during school holidays. We use fun, interactive and hands-on methodology to make learning about archaeology fun. We have designed both in-class modules and after-school modules for children of different ages, which enhance the learning of curriculum-based Irish archaeology. We theme our modules on Irish time periods such as: Savage Stone Age, Ancient Irish Kingdoms, Saints & Scholars, Vicious Vikings, Indiana Adventure and Medieval Ireland. We can also include themes covering other civilisations such as the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans, and we can tailor modules to each school preference.
Dr Stephen Mandal MIAI PGeo EurGeol is co-founder (in 2011) of Dig it Kids. Stephen is also co-founder Cultural Tourism Ireland (2010), the Irish Archaeological Field School (2005), the Irish Heritage School (2016) and CRDS (1997). He holds an honours science degree in Geology (1991) and a PhD in Geoarchaeology on the petrology of the Irish stone axe (1995) from Trinity College Dublin. He also holds Certificates in Safety and Health (1999) and Occupational First Aid (2000) from UCD. On completion of his PhD, Stephen spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Archaeology Department, UCD, during which time he also undertook a three-month research fellowship in Cineca, Bologna, Italy. Since 1991 Stephen has been petrologist for the Irish Stone Axe Project. He is professional member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Institute of Geologists of Ireland, and the European Federation of Professional Geologists. In the summer of 2009 Stephen was elected to the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Archaeology, and since September 2009 has been Vice Chairperson of the committee. In 2012 Stephen was appointed as external examiner to Sligo Institute of Technology Department of Applied Archaeology.
Lisanne O’Loughlin BSc is the co-founder in 2011 of Dig it Kids. Lisanne is also programme director of Cultural Tourism Ireland. She holds Teacher Training Diplomas in Information Technology Skills and Word Processing (2002), an Advanced Diploma in Development Management and a Professional Certificate in Management from the Open University (2000). She has also and has completed numerous undergraduate and professional training courses in IT and Management, and in 2011 completed a BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy from PCI College (Validated by Middlesex University). She has over twenty years experience in managerial roles in development agencies in Ireland and Zambia. Lisanne joined CRDS in 2005 as Office Manager, with responsibility for all aspects of company administration including accounts, HR, financial planning and management of regional and site offices. In 2011 Lisanne was appointed as programme director of Cultural Tourism Ireland. Her role is to lead the development of cultural tourism products and services. In 2011 she co-founded Dig it Kids, a company whose mission is to bring archaeology to life for kids by creating a fun, interactive, hands-on learning environment.