Nano in My Life

During Science Week, CRANN, based in Trinity College Dublin, has announced the launch of an innovative educational package, ‘Nano in My Life’. The package will introduce Transition Year and Senior Cycle students to nanoscience, the study of materials at very tiny dimensions, which is set to become part of the proposed new Leaving Certificate syllabi. The ‘Nano in My Life’ package, for the first time, will bring nanoscience – an…

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Winds of Change – Time for Skills not Points

It is only mid September and already there is significant talk of educational change in the media and specifically in the Irish Times in recent weeks. Three issues that have been to the fore are the need to reform the CAO system, the need for alternative assessment modalities at Junior and Leaving Certificateand the need to improve how we teach Mathematics and Science: All this change is taking place against…

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It’s revision time – travel with the Questionaut!

The Questionaut from BBC Bitesize games is a very engaging way for students to work through revision of English, Maths and Science. It is an interactive quest, very cleverly designed so that the small blue Qeustionaut (who travels in a balloon fuelled by correct answers) can only progress with the students’ help. The graphics are beautiful, the settings are fun, and most importantly, there is formative feedback with every question.…

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Science Week and Twitter

Last week was Science Week in Ireland and I decided to try out another Twitter project for schools. For those of you who may have missed the previous Twitter projects that I did with Irish primary schools, the idea behind them was to investigate whether Twitter could be used to support the Primary School Curriculum here. Our first Twitter project focused on Geography – my local area and the second…

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Can You Rap Science?

Can you rap science? This is the question being posed to Irish second-level students in a new competition as part of Science Week 2009. Science Raps Challenge is aimed at encouraging young people to express their thoughts about science and technology through rap music. Students of all ages are invited to participate in the event which offers great prizes including laptops and Flip video cameras. Entrants are simply required to…

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Check Out Science Careers & Experiments

​@ The Vega Science Trust The Vega Science Trust was established in 1994 by Nobel Laureate, Professor Sir Harry Kroto and is an educational charity that recognises that SET (science, engineering and technology) has a huge impact on our daily lives. Vega’s innovative pilot projects include researching into the best use of the Internet as a method of communication between scientists and pupils as a means of complimenting science teaching.…

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