NUI Galway Outreach Programmes
Many of NUI Galway's research centres and academic departments have specific outreach programmes which bring elements of their work into the community. Below are details of some:
- Kitchen Chemistry is an initiative supported by the School of Chemistry, NUI Galway for the promotion of Chemistry in everyday life to National School children in the Connacht area. Postgraduate students have visited several national schools in the Galway region in 2011, showing how fun and interesting Chemistry can be, from Liquid Nitrogen to invisible ink. Visits to schools are seen to be fun, safe and very interactive. The program is completely free and it is a great opportunity to get young children excited about science. The students involved with Kitchen Chemistry have also produced a booklet for primary school teachers which details 19 easy, fun and safe experiments to do in the classroom. Nicole Walshe, a postgraduate student in the School of Chemistry feels,"being involved with Kitchen Chemistry reminds us all how fun Chemistry can be. The interactive element of the experiments means that everyone can get their hands in and that makes it a very memorable experience for everyone."
Educational & Community Outreach at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI).
The Digital Enterprise Research Institute is an international research centre within the Galway. DERI's mission is to establish semantics as a core pillar of modern computer engineering. The Educational & Community Outreach Programme within DERI is coordinated by Brendan Smith. In this video Mr. Brendan Smith is interviewed by Maria-Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez from the CKI.
GRO Project (Galway Region Outreach) is an innovative outreach programme aimed at secondary schools. It is a joint initiative of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) and the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI).
The NCBES at NUI Galway is an interdisciplinary research centre which brings together scientists, engineers, and clinicians in a team-based, problem-centred approach to research (www.ncbes.ie). Its research is focused on innovative therapeutic solutions to current medical challenges including cardiovascular disease, orthopaedics, neurodegenerative disease and cancer. Ms. Ita Murphy is the Communications & Outreach Manager of the NCBES. In the video she speaks to CKI about the outreach programme of the NCBES and REMEDI.