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opportunity to get hands-on experience
of the mandatory practical activities from
the Leaving Certificate curriculum.
The participants worked in small groups
in the RCSI laboratory, conducting
each activity themselves guided
by RCSI demonstrators. The
series covered activities on the
cardiovascular system, osmosis,
qualitative food test, effects on
plant germination, production of
alcohol by yeast, DNA isolation
from plant tissue and examining
animal and plant cells with the
light microscope.
It is hoped that in addition to the
valuable hands-on experience
of carrying out the experiments,
students were able to take away
a taste for a career in science as well as
getting a real insight into life at college.
This collaborative initiative was led by the
REACH RCSI Programme Manager, Maria
Kelly and Clíona Lyes, RCSI Project worker,
in partnership with Dr Maria Morgan,
MCT and John O'Brien, Department
of Anatomy. The project was further
supported by RCSI student volunteer
demonstrators.
Primary Science for Teachers Initiative
Primary school teachers from around
Ireland participated in the `Come to Your
Senses' summer course which took place
in July 2013. The Primary Science for
Teachers Initiative is a component of the
REACH RCSI programme. The course
uses the theme of the human senses
to enable primary school teachers to
develop their interest and enthusiasm for
teaching science with direct relevance to
the primary science curriculum for Social
Environmental and Science Education
(SESE).
PROMOTING SCIENCE,
MEDICINE AND RESEARCH
Programmes to promote interest in
research, medicine and science were run
throughout the year, attracting young and
older people alike by making science fun,
exciting and accessible.
The hugely popular RCSI MiniMed School
Open Lecture Series, presented
by leading health professionals
and academics from RCSI,
provided an informative and
entertaining series of free public
lectures. The lectures took place
monthly from October 2013 to
March 2014, with two lectures
taking place at each session
on a range of healthcare topics
including stroke, nose-bleeds,
gum disease, mental illness,
wounds and generic medicines.
150 Transition Year students
from 90 schools across Ireland
attended the week-long TY MiniMed
Programme held in RCSI and Beaumont
Hospital which provided an opportunity
to experience what it is like to train and
work as a doctor. A further 120 Transition
Year students from the South East took
part in the Waterford RCSI TY MiniMed
Programme at the HSE-RCSI Education
Centre at Waterford Regional Hospital and
at Waterford Institute of Technology.
"Experiments are clearer
now; i understand them
a lot better"
"See it, Do it" Participant
COMMUNITY - Community Initiatives in Ireland
Dr. Jimmy Lyons, Consultant Anaesthetist,
University Hospital Waterford demonstrates to
Transition Year students at the Waterford RCSI
TY MiniMed Programme
Pictured (l-r) is RCSI pharmacy student Claudia
Looi and Michelle Flood, Lecturer at School of
Pharmacy, RCSI giving a medicines consultation
to Jean Brennan and Ann O'Brien, attendees at
the RCSI MiniMed Open Lecture Series `Brown
Bag' event.
Anna Hulgrane from Ringsend, Dublin was one
of 300 senior citizens who visited RCSI for the
Ballroom of Romance, an annual entertainment
evening held for senior citizens living in the
catchment area of the College.