The Trinity College Dublin team have kicked off the new calendar year with workshops in Coolmine Community School in west Dublin, Clongowes in Kildare and Templecarrig in Wicklow. They have battled the wet and cold weather to get back on the road again with our battery investigation workshop. Our secondary school workshops are aimed at TY, 5th and 6th year chemistry students. We know from research that over a third of leaving cert chemistry students never do science again after they finish school. We want to encourage more students to remain in science, especially chemistry, by sparking their interest in the hugely important and rapidly expanding area of energy storage.
We need new and more efficient batteries for everything from electric cars, to tablets, to phones to backup storage for the electricity grid. At the moment lithium-ion batteries are the best we have but new technologies are emerging and we need more scientists in the future to continue this expansion in the use of green energy storage.
Thank you to all the PhD students in the School of Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin for giving up their time to visit schools all over Leinster!