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NEW Data Science Course in DCU

DCU has a NEW course in Data Science. The course co-ordinators would welcome an invitation to deliver a presentation to your Higher Level Maths classes. If interested please contact them directly. Details attached.

SEC Subject Reports

Any ISTA members wishing to comment on this year’s state examination papers may contact the relevant subject subcommittee convenors as follows:

May issue of SCIENCE

Comments on this year's SEC exams should be sent to:
Junior Science: Yvonne Higgins:
LC Biology: Úna Moroney:
LC Chemistry: John Daly:
LC Physics: Seán Finn:

‘21st Century Schools of Distinction’

Computer Science and STEM innovations learning innovations in ‘21Century Schools of Distinction’ despite resource shortfall. A report on first year of Trinity Access 21 project supported by Google recommends Investment in resources and structural changes in schools required for progress.

UCD Professional Certificate for Entrepreneurial Educators

This unique course is open to practicing education professionals of all disciplines and subject areas in second and third level education.. The course runs from 13th June - 1st July. Applications close on 20th May. Bursaries to part cover fees are available.

One Good Idea National Final 2016

The overall winners of the One Good Idea competition were St. Mogue's College, Bawnboy, Cavan with their project "Showerlite". The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea 2016 National Final took place on 11th May at the Print Works in Dublin Castle.  

Irish Students triumph at Intel ISEF

A total of 3 awards (2 special awards and 1 category award) were picked up by Irish students attending the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is the world’s largest high school science research competition in the World.

Sir David Attenborough

On May 8th 2016 David Attenborough celebrated his 90th birthday. A pioneer and legend in science communication, he has helped bring the wonder of nature to millions with his dulcet tones and spectacular documentaries, and he has no doubt inspired many science educationalists. We salute him and wish him continued good health.

European Girls' Maths Olympiad

A pair of Cork students, Anna Mustata (Bishopstown Community School) and Ioana Grigoras (Mount Mercy College) won a silver and bronze medals respectively from the fifth European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO), held in Busteni, Romania.

Top Leaving Certificate Chemistry students of 2015

The top Leaving Certificate Chemistry students of the class of 2015, based on the SEC results, were awarded their medals from the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland at a reception in The Focas Research Institute in DIT. Alphabeically they were:

ISTA Conference 2017

Congratulations and well done to the Limerick Branch on hosting this year's annual conference. The baton now passes to the Kildare Branch. The dates are 7th-9th April in NUIM and The Glenroyal Hotel. 

ISTA BioPharmaChemical Science Educator of the Year 2016

Congratulations to Limerick native Noel Cunningham on receiving the ISTA Science Educator of the Year 2016. The prestigious prize is awarded annually and sponsored by BioPharmaChemical Ireland. Noel is well known for generously sharing his resources via He is pictured here with Prof Eric Mazur from Harvard who is the pioneer of Peer Instruction and interactive teaching techniques.

Health & Safety Authority

The Health and Safety Authority believes that education is the key to fostering a culture of safety and health which will heighten awareness and keep young people safe and healthy in the home, school, community and workplace.
Check out their website for lots of resources including a Choose Safety Module.

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