What is Community-Based Learning (CBL)? 

Community-Based Learning (sometimes called Service Learning or Community-Engaged Learning) is an approach which involves integrating classroom learning in any subject with a suitable volunteering activity, allowing students to apply their academic skills and knowledge to a genuine community need. The School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences began to develop CBL activities in 2006 and has since rolled out projects with a wide variety of class groups and local community partners. 
 

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 What CBL projects are we currently working on?

1. Junior Scientist Badge with Core Youth Services in Inchicore

 

This project aims to develop a suitable syllabus for a Junior Scientist badge which will be adaptable for the 8 to 11 and the 12 to 14 age brackets.This outreach activity was designed to involve sustained interaction over a 5 week period with year 2 DIT students (on the DT261 course) for young people aged 8 to 14 living in an underserved community, who have an interest in science and would like to work towards achieving the Junior Scientist badge. In order to gain their badge, the young people must complete the RSC Global Experiment and the Science Circuit with "stations" devised by DIT students on a range of chemistry topics.

 

 

 

 For more information on this project, contact Dr Vanessa Murphy (vanessa.murphy@dit.ie) or Dr Claire McDonnell (claire.mcdonnell@dit.ie)

 

2. A Slice of Science with the Presentation Primary School in Warrenmount

 

As part of this project, year 2 students from DT261 develop and deliver demonstrations and hands-on activities to 5th class pupils in the Presentation Primary School in Warrenmount. These activities are based on the curriculum areas of light and heat and enable the pupils to explore these concepts in an interactive and entertaining way. DIT students also prepare videos of these experiments which can be used either by the primary school pupils or by others who may want to run similar sessions in their school.

 

 

For more information on this project, contact Dr Vanessa Murphy (vanessa.murphy@dit.ie) or Dr Claire McDonnell (claire.mcdonnell@dit.ie)