DIT launches innovative exhibition as part of Science Week 2012

DIT science students learning with communities

01 November, 2012: As part of Science Week 2012, which runs from 12 – 17 November, DIT is hosting an exhibition of projects by participants in its “Students Learning with Communities” programme.

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The exhibition will showcase the collaborative projects between DIT science students and community groups/ not-for-profit organizations. In 2011/12 over 1300 DIT students across disciplines and levels were involved in course-based collaborative projects and research with over 100 community partners, for mutual benefit.

This exhibition will showcase the Science projects.  For example DIT Chemistry students working on test farms with Irish charity Wells for Zoe in Malawi; our Human Nutrition and Dietetics students working with older people from Dublin City Council housing complexes on their diet goals; our Pharmacy Technician students tutoring pupils in Larkin Community College in biology; and our Optometry students doing vision screenings with pupils in local schools.

Dr. Catherine Bates, programme co-ordinator, said she was delighted to celebrate the success of the programme during Science Week and to showcase the collaborative nature of the work.  “Since its inception, the SLWC programme has been building on the strong links that DIT has developed over the years with local community partners.  The programme has given a greater depth to those links by enabling students and communities to work in partnership.  These opportunities enhance the skills of our students and communities can benefit from the knowledge and ideas the students can bring, so the experience is mutually beneficial.”

The Students Learning With Communities showcase runs from 12th until 17th November (Monday – Thursday 08.00am to 22.00pm) (Friday 08.00am to 21.00pm) (Saturday 08.30am – 16.30pm) and is on view in DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8.  All are welcome and admission is free.  For more information please see http://www.communitylinks.ie/community-learning-programme

 

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