Minister Seán Sherlock TD, Minister for Research and Innovation announced Ireland’s latest supercomputer called FIONN at the Dunsink Observatory in November. The name, chosen by Oscar O’Donoghue, a student from DCU CoderDojo, stems from Fionnachtana (Irish for Discovery) and Fionn mac Cumhaill.
AMBER launched NanoWOW for Primary School students, to introduce the world of nanoscience.
Congratulations to Paul Clarke from St Paul's College, Raheny and his teacher Dr Brian Smyth, Dublin Branch Treasurer, who won the top prize at the SciFest 2013 Annual Awards. They will represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May 2
The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related concepts, recognise outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators.
Thanks to all who participated in the National Finals of the ISTA Senior Science Quiz in Trinity on Saturday 30th November. The quiz was generously sponsored by PharmaChemical Ireland. Thanks also to Trinity College for providing the excellent venue, to Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain who was guest presenter and Sean Duke, author of the newly published 'How Irish Scientists changed the World'. The year's associated charity was Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Association.
The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced the launch of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Education Review Group, which is expected to prepare a report on STEM education in Ireland over the next six months.