Following the great success of the IYCr2014 a worldwide competition, is now open to all school children, to introduce students to the exciting, challenging and sometimes frustrating world of growing crystals. Entrants must submit a video. Details on line. Closing date: 22nd November 2015.
Junior Cycle Reform agreement concluded.
ISTA is delighted to sponsor SciFest. This has been the most successful year yet with 7200 students entering over 3060 projects. Since SciFest was launched nationwide in 2008 more than 32,200 second-level students have participated in the programme.
At ITLG Global Tech Summit held in DCU recently, Brian MacCraith, Craig Barrett, Mary Moloney and Michael Murphy discussed new sources of innovation emerging from collaborative environments, such as Hackathons, Coderdojo, eLearning and digital learning structures.
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.
All the Subject Convenor's Reports are posted under Forums in the Members Area. Thanks to all who contributed.