Congratulations to the winners of the 52nd BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan. They won in the Biological and Ecological Sciences category at Intermediate Level, with their project entitled 'An Investigation into the Effects of Enzymes used in Animal Feed Additives on the Lifespan of Caenorhabditis Elegans'. Their teacher Dr Niamh McNally won a Best Teacher Award and is a member of the Dublin Branch of ISTA. Their school won best school. A great achievement for all concerned.
Huge congratulations to Yvonne Higgins, Past Chairperson of ISTA, on receiving a BT teacher award.
SAILS new website: inquiry & assessment units, framework and many videos was officially launched by MEP Seán Kelly.
Are you an Inspiring Science Teacher? Would you like to share some of your most inspiring teaching practices? If the answer is yes – then take part in the Inspiring Science Education Scenario Competition 2015–2016 for a chance to take part in our final conference taking place in April in Greece and to win classroom hardware from Vernier.
The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old students. This is a prestigious educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences.
Science and Technology in Action annually produce a set of industry led lessons, designed to support the teaching of science and related subjects in second level schools. The 11th Edition was launched in The Clock Tower, DES, by Minister Damien English TD and should be arriving at your school soon.
Google Code-in is a global online contest introducing 13-17 year olds students to open source software development. It is a great way for students to gain real world experience working on an open source project and gain confidence in their skills while having mentors available to help guide them through the contest. Contest launches on Monday 7th December.
Congratulations and well done to ALL who participated in the the National Finals of the annual ISTA Senior Science Quiz, sponsored by PharmaChemical Ireland, which took place in Trinity College. A special thanks to Dr Conor O’Brien, current President of ISTA and Dr Aoibhínn Ní Shuilleabhain who acted as quizmaster.
Congratulations to Sr Mercedes Desmond, one of the pioneers of science education in Ireland and a founding member of ISTA, who received an honorary doctorate from UCC on George Boole Day 2015. Also in the photo are Prof John O'Halloran, Prof Áine Hyland and Dr Declan Kennedy.