Outreach at NCBES
ReelLIFE Science 2018
The winners of the nationwide ReelLIFE SCIENCE video competition were announced during Science Week 2018 as Powerscourt National School, Co. Wicklow, Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny, and Lackagh Foróige group from Co. Galway. Winning videos were selected from a total of 175 entries made by 1,250 young people in more than 80 schools and community groups around Ireland, by a panel of judges including aeronautical engineer and astronaut-candidate Norah Patten, BT Young Scientist and Technologist of the Year 2018, Simon Meehan and comedian and TV presenter Dara Ó Briain, who said: “I was delighted to be a guest judge in this year's competition and see how much enthusiasm, knowledge and energy is pouring out of Science classes across the country!"
Since being launched in 2013 by Dr. Enda O’Connell and a team of 7 NUI Galway science students and staff, more than 10,000 participants in 350 schools and groups around Ireland have taken part, showing their passion for science, while developing their communication and digital skills. This year, a team of 101 NUI Galway students, academics and support staff volunteered with the programme, which is supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme, the Community Knowledge Initiative, the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices, the Cell EXPLORERS programme and the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science.
Special guest judge Norah Patten said of the programme “I think this is a fantastic initiative because the students are not only learning about a scientific topic - they are also developing skills to communicate what they've learnt. These types of hands on, practical projects will be really valuable as they progress through to the next stage of their career.”
Other prize winners included:
• Gaelscoil Riabhach from Loughrea, Co. Galway;
• Scoil Mhuire gan Smál from Carlow;
• St. Mary's College Galway;
• Skerries Community College from Dublin;
• Westside Youth Project from Galway;
• Galway Parkinsons Association.
All videos can be viewed at www.reellifescience.com and will be shown to the general public as part of the Galway Science and Technology Exhibition, held in NUI Galway on Sunday, 25 November.The winners of the nationwide ReelLIFE SCIENCE video competition were announced during Science Week 2018 as Powerscourt National School, Co. Wicklow, Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny, and Lackagh Foróige group from Co. Galway. Winning videos were selected from a total of 175 entries made by 1,250 young people in more than 80 schools and community groups around Ireland, by a panel of judges including aeronautical engineer and astronaut-candidate Norah Patten, BT Young Scientist and Technologist of the Year 2018, Simon Meehan and comedian and TV presenter Dara Ó Briain, who said: “I was delighted to be a guest judge in this year's competition and see how much enthusiasm, knowledge and energy is pouring out of Science classes across the country!"
Galway Science & Technology Festival
The Galway Science & Technology Festival was established in 1997 to bring shows and workshops to primary and secondary schools throughout Galway City and County engaging the students and nurturing their interest in the STEM subjects. The final day Exhibition attracts over 25,000 visitors to the NUI Galway Campus and is now the largest Science Exhibition for families in Ireland and a great day out full of entertainment, education and wonder. The NCBES has been a contributor to this festival since 2001. William Brennan is the main coordinator and sits on both the Galway Science & Technology Forum, and the local NUI Galway Science & Technology Committee.
The NCBES Roadshow has been running as part of the Galway Science & Technology Festival since 2002. It visits Secondary Schools throughout the City and county and delivers an exciting presentation on what is being done in NUI Galway regarding Science, Engineering & Medicine. The show is presented by William Brennan and can be booked online.
Challenge Science takes students into third level institutions where they are introduced to science in a practical and imaginative way. It is run by Junior Achievement Ireland and has been held in the NCBES for the last two years. It is hoped to continue with this programme on an annual basis. It is coordinated by William Brennan as part of the NCBES Outreach Programme.
TeenTech is an industry-led initiative that helps students understand how STEM subjects are the pathway to tomorrow’s careers and to give teenage inventors and innovators a head start! It was held for the first time in Ireland at NUI Galway in March 2015. The award winning event brought 300 teenagers from 30 secondary schools across Galway City & County together with over 140 scientists, engineers and technologists for a day of interesting challenges and experiments. Students and teachers met with leading science and technology companies and found out about the career opportunities and the skills required to pursue a career therein. It is expected that this event will run annually here in NUI Galway. It is coordinated by William Brennan as part of the NCBES Outreach Programme.
Cell EXPLORERS is a science education and outreach programme based in the School of Natural Sciences in NUI Galway.
The aim of programme is to inform, inspire and involve the public through hands-on discovery of the science of living things and the research that takes place in the School of Natural Sciences. Cell EXPLORERS outreach activities include school roadshows, science festival workshops and on-campus activities, as well as science holiday camps (Find out more on our website on the Read More link below)
The programme is establishing a unique model of sustainable public engagement for higher education institutions. It engages university science students in science communication, outreach and education projects as part of their curriculum, and complements this with the activities of a volunteer group made up of undergraduate and postgraduate students, lecturers and researchers. In the 2014-15 academic year 130 people were part of the Cell EXPLORERS team. NCBES team members participated in the Fantastic DNA Roadshow, the Cell EXPLORERS and Brain EXPLORERS workshops, and the School of Natural of Sciences Next Top Model Organism interactive exhibition. Any students or staff members interested in joining the programme should email email@example.com.
The programme, run by Dr Claire Concannon and Dr Muriel Grenon, is mainly funded by the School of Natural Sciences and Science Foundation Ireland Discover.