Congratulations Niamh Nyhan, Ellen Fitzgerald and Aoife Dolan, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty who won a Gold Medal at the 7th International Sustainability Olympiad INESPO 2015. Ellen, Niamh and Aoife were the overall winners of the SEAI award at the SciFest National Final 2014. Their prize was to compete in INESPO 2015 in Amsterdam.
The line-up for this year's Robert Boyle Summer School includes internationally distinguished speakers. The uniting theme of this years school is the past present and future of scientific communication. There is also a range of social events including a BBQ at the Lismore Castle Stableyard with local produce and traditional music and dance.
One day course for Chemistry Teachers on Industrial Chemistry and Atmospheric Chemistry in the Leaving Certificate Chemistry syllabus will take place in the Eureka Centre in UCC. In addition, a laboratory practical session on the new practical work in the revised Leaving Certificate Chemistry syllabus will take place as well as a visit to the BASF plant.
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The 7th INESPO (International Environment & Sustainability Project Olympiad) international olympiad takes place from 31st May - 5th June in Amsterdam. It is intended for students between 13 and 18 years with the goal to involve them bring communal consensus on social environmental values and to eventually eliminate the environmental problems through education.
Christopher Carragher from Our Lady’s Secondary School in Castleblaney has got an asteroid named after him. The Monaghan student had an asteroid named after him after he came second in the World award in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics category at ISEF 2015 which was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week. Chistopher got to Pennsylvania after winning the SciFest 2014 national final last November. His project was about aiding people with memory loss. Memory Buddy!
Next week Physics Busking is hosting a free communications workshop in DCU, while June events will include Bloom in the Phoenix Park and CoderDojo at RDS.
RSC puts a lot of effort into educational support for science and chemistry teachers and they would really like hear your thoughts as to how well they are hitting their targets on this in Ireland, and how they might do better. Your response to the survey, which examines their activities and approach using the current promotional attached booklet will help them to explore potential improvements. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2NLXQ6N
ISTA is delighted that Sheila Porter of SciFest fame has been selected as PharmaChemical Ireland Science Educator of the Year 2015. A member of ISTA since 1971, Sheila has been a member of the Dublin Branch Committee on a number of occassions. Read her story in the May issue of SCIENCE - due out soon!
The 3rd Distance Learning Activity (DLA) for the Amgen Teach project will take place during the week of 8th - 12th June 2015 with the title Watermark:The anatomy of an Inquiry Based Science project.