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Friday, 30 March, 2001, 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
Interactive moves at the Odyssey
Odyssey
The interactive centre is at the Odyssey in Belfast
Ireland's first interactive discovery centre has opened its doors.

W5 is a futuristic centre aimed at encouraging innovation, the use of technology and having fun.

The centre, at the Odyssey complex in Belfast, opened on Friday.

Known as W5 - whowhatwherewhenwhy - it takes its place alongside the 10,000 seat indoor arena which is home to the Belfast Giants ice hockey team.

Designer Lynne Wood said the exhibits are based on research into the interests of people in Northern Ireland.

Attractions

"What mattered to the kids here wasn't a given object like a CD player, it was their families, their pets and friends," she said.

The launch was attended by Northern Ireland Culture Arts and Leisure Minister Michael McGimpsey who predicted that W5 would help rekindle the latent creativity in people of all ages.

Mr McGimpsey said: "It will excite the curiosity and imagination of both young and old alike and encourage people to experiment and have fun with many aspects of science."

The 600,000 sq ft Odyssey complex is one of the largest entertainment and leisure construction projects ever undertaken in Northern Ireland.

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