We’re back for 2023!

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 atContinue reading “We’re back for 2023!”

School Workshops in the North West

The ATU Sligo team have been very busy throughout the months of November and December especially, with workshops running every week. The team of staff and PhD researchers have had numerous schools on campus during Science Week and have also visited schools all around the North West of Ireland. Over the past few weeks, theContinue reading “School Workshops in the North West”

Teacher CPD at the ChemEd-Ireland Conference

Electrochemistry is currently the least popular and worst answered question on the Leaving Cert Chemistry exam paper. But this is not hugely surprising, since it is only a small component of the main course and is mainly part of an optional section. But we need to spark a greater interest in this hugely important areaContinue reading “Teacher CPD at the ChemEd-Ireland Conference”

National and World Ploughing Championships 2022

Our very busy summer of public engagement was capped off with the largest outdoor event in Europe. With nearly 300,000 people in attendance, the National and World Ploughing Championships did not disappoint! Returning after a 2 year absence, it was an absolute pleasure to join Science Foundation Ireland at their stand in the Government VillageContinue reading “National and World Ploughing Championships 2022”

Our Second Public Engagement Event

Hot on the heels of the Cork Carnival of Science in June, exactly a month later we are out and about again for the 2022 Dublin Maker in Merrion Square. This time we had a great collaboration of researchers from both of our partner project institutions: Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Atlantic Technological UniversityContinue reading “Our Second Public Engagement Event”

Our First Public Engagement Event

Our first Current Chemistry Investigators (CCI) public engagement event took place at the Cork Carnival of Science 2022 and it was a huge success! The two day outdoor event was attended by about 25,000 people and the CCI team engaged with about 3000 people at our battery making tent! We had queues of people liningContinue reading “Our First Public Engagement Event”

SFI Discover Projects Announcement

We were delighted to join the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and the Minister for Education, Norma Foley, to help announce the 47 Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover projects aimed at improving public understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Our project represents a unique partnership betweenContinue reading “SFI Discover Projects Announcement”

Our Pilot Workshops Continue

Thank you to the teachers and 5th year Leaving Cert Chemistry students at Loreto Secondary School in Navan, Co. Meath who gave us really useful feedback about our new CCI workshop. We have now made a few more small tweaks and improvements to the format based on this feedback. It seems that everyone really enjoyedContinue reading “Our Pilot Workshops Continue”

Our First School Workshop

Thank you to the teachers and the Transition Year students of Loreto College, St. Stephens Green for taking part in out first ever CCI school workshop. It was great to see 4 months of workshop development in the hands of our core audience for this project. The feedback was invaluable and we have already madeContinue reading “Our First School Workshop”