Outreach and Engagement
The School of Chemical Sciences (SCS) has a strong commitment to supporting and encouraging an interest in Science and Chemistry to the wider community. The staff and students are very supportive of a variety of outreach activities while also creating many such initiatives within the School.
The School of Chemical Sciences has provided the opportunity for second level students to visit our undergraduate chemistry labs and conduct a variety of the Leaving Certificate chemistry experiments. In January 2021, the School welcomed 280 students accompanied by their science/ chemistry teachers from up to 30 second level schools from across the country. During their visit the students conducted a variety of prescribed Leaving Certificate chemistry experiments in the SCS chemistry labs under the supervision of SCS staff and postgraduates. The visiting students and teachers also engaged with modern scientific equipment and chemistry techniques not readily available in their schools. The response from students and teachers was very positive, indicating that this SCS chemistry programme is an excellent source of hands-on chemistry experimentation for their students. The teachers also indicated that many of their 6th year students become motivated by experiencing the third level DCU campus environment as they prepare for their final state exams.
Dr. Patrick O’Malley said the success of this initiative is thanks to the support and assistance from the SCS staff and the dedication of the SCS technical team, in particular John McLoughlin (senior technical officer) and Veronica Dobbyn (chief technical officer) with administrative support from Grace Hickey.
The dedication and skills of the SCS postgraduates is central to the success of this programme which helps to inspire the next generation of Science undergraduates. Continuation of this programme will be reviewed following the regulations with Covid 19. These include a programme of Leaving Cert experiments for visiting 5th and 6th year secondary students; a week long on-campus Transition Year placement programme; BT Young Scientist with School of Chemical Sciences representation and engagement with attendees at this event; Annual 'Higher Options' 3 day event in the RDS to outline the various Chemistry and Science undergraduate degree programmes available within our School; National and international Science competitions including International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO); European Olympiad (formerly EUSO).