The REACH RCSI Programme, the community outreach and access programme of RCSI
was established in 2007 and continues to promote and support the participation of those
from lower socio-economic groups in education and promote lifelong health in the local
community of South East Inner City Dublin. The REACH RCSI Programme works closely a
number of link DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) schools and close links
have also been established with several youth, community and sports groups in the local
workshop for 40 primary school children who became mini forensic detectives to help in
solving a crime by taking part in inquiry based science experiments relevant to the Irish
primary science curriculum. The detectives were instructed in what the first attending Garda
at a crime scene should do before taking part in a series of activities to solve the crime
including blood typing, finger printing, chromatography, UV light experiments and chemical
testing. Workshop facilitators included Dr Marc Devocelle, Pharmaceutical and Medicinal
Chemistry; PhD student, Yvonne Smith; and RCSI medical students Sean Egan, Elizabeth
Ahern-Flynn and Allan Jenkinson.
for primary school children entitled `Small Science, Big Ideas' programme compiled by Dr
Maria Morgan, Lecturer in Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics. The workshops are designed
specifically for younger children, introducing them to ways scientists work and allowing them
to conduct simple experiments.
so much fun." Cracking Crime
participant, age 9.
Med students pictured
with during a practical
demonstration with Mike
Burke, Waterford Regional