DIT hosts 33rd Chem-Ed Ireland conference

Posted: 29 October, 2014

DIT was delighted to once again host the annual Chem Ed Ireland conference on Saturday October 11th, 2014.  This annual event provides an opportunity to share resources and ideas relevant to teaching chemistry and science in Ireland.

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This year over 70 teachers travelled from across the country to participate in the event.  The theme for the day was Chemistry in Context. Presentations were given on a wide range of topics including Flipping the classroom, Applications of chemistry research to the treatment of addiction, Teaching enquiry with mysteries, SciFest science fairs, the Junior Cycle for Teachers Team and Chemistry teaching resources from the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemistry is All Around Us project, Amgen workshops and the Scientix portal.  Some engaging and informative workshops were run on Chemical analysis in context, Making models to teach covalent bonding, Making stop-motion animations and Engaging and effective lab demonstrations for analytical chemistry. .

This year’s guest speakers included:

  • Dr Kristy Turner, Royal Society of Chemistry School Teacher Fellow and Teacher Trainer
  • Dr Mike Southern, Trinity College Dublin, course director (Medicinal Chemistry) & research group leader
  • Miriam Hamilton, Junior Cycle for Teachers Science Team Leader
  • Marie Walsh, Limerick IT, coordinator of Chemistry is All Around Us project
  • Dr Maria Sheehan, Science Advisor with the Professional Development Service for Teachers
  • Angela McKeown, Royal Society of Chemistry Programme Manager for Ireland

               From Top (L-R): Dr Vanessa Murphy (DIT) discussing applications of HPLC & GC during the Analysis in Action workshop, 
Chemistry teachers extracting chlorophyll from spinach during the analytical chemistry workshop run by the Royal Society of Chemistry at Chem-Ed Ireland in DIT Kevin St, 
Dr Kristy Turner giving the keynote lecture on Flipping the Chemistry Classroom, Models of bonding workshop                    

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