Cell EXPLORERS Dundalk IT

 

The Cell EXPLORERS DkIT team brings the Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Dundalk.

Visits can take place during Spring 2020 and later on this autumn around the time of National Science Week in November 2020.

 

About 

 

The Cell EXPLORERS Dundalk Institute of Technology team was established in June 2016. This team is coordinated by Dr. Suzanne Linnane, Senior Lecturer in the Deparment of Applied Sciences in Dundalk IT. You can learn more about the institute here.

 

The team is actively involved in bringing the Fantastic DNA to primary schools around Dundalk since 2016. Learn more about the past school visits of the team and the evaluation feedback they have received from schools in the infographic section.

 

The Team

 

The Cell EXPLORERS Dundalk IT team is made up of enthusiastic undergraduate students from Environmental, Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences courses in DkIT. The team is coordinated by Dr Caroline Gilleran and Dr Suzanne Linnane from the department of Applied Science. Their students, pictured on right with coordinator Dr. Suzanne Linnane have a passion for communicating their love of science to young children and are excited by the opportunity to interact with primary schools around Dundalk. 

Cell EXPLORERS DkIT Team

 
Dr. Caroline Gilleran

Lecturer in Biotechnology

Department of Applied Sciences

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Dr Caroline Gilleran Stephens joined Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) in 2006 as a Lecturer in Biotechnology.  Caroline’s research career began with the undertaking of a PhD in Biochemistry at NUI, Galway in 2000.  During which she designed, developed and patented a novel strategy for the utilization of carbohydrate rich waste.  Caroline was awarded an Intra-European Marie Curie training fellowship in 2004, which facilitated a 6-month training internship in fermentation technology at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Lund, Sweden.

 

In 2004, Caroline worked as an Environmental Scientist on the Shannon River Basin management project, Roscommon. In 2005, she returned to her interest in Biofuels and took up the position of Senior Scientific Advisor in Zenith Technologies Ltd. Ringaskiddy, Cork.  Caroline has been involved in the teaching and development of a number of postgraduate and undergraduate science  programmes and is currently Programme Director for the M.Sc. in Agricultural Biotechnology. Her strong interest in student centred-learning and enhancing the learning environment commenced an MA in Learning & Teaching at DkIT in 2017. In addition, Caroline is passionate about bringing science to schools and promotes STEM education through the science outreach programmes Cell Explorers and H2O Heroes. She is also actively  involved in Science Week, Scifest, World Water Monitoring Day and Pint of Science. 

Dr. Suzanne Linnane

Senior Lecturer,

Department of Applied Sciences

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Suzanne currently holds Senior Lecturer post in the Department of Applied Sciences, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). On joining DkIT in 2004, she established the National Centre for Freshwater Studies (now the Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies (CFES)), the leading water institute in the IOTI sector and an internationally recognised research centre for which she has personally secured research funding in excess of €5 million. Prior to her appointment to DkIT, she held posts with Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Suzanne has been involved in community based research in Ireland, Europe and Africa where she has worked on multi-collaborative and trans-disciplinary water related projects involving multiple stakeholders. In addition, she has a wealth of experience in community based learning and public engagment. She is co-ordinator of the School of Health and Science’s Civic Engagment programme, a founding member of the DkIT volunteer society and is an active participant in National Science Week, Scifest, Africa Day, World Water Day and World Water Monitoring day. Suzanne has been involved in dissemnation of her school outreach programme ‘All about Water’ and the production of the popular ‘All about Water’ schoolbook, which is now being translated into 8 European languages.

 

School Visits

2019, has been a great year for the team as it hosted 10 schools with 494 amazing children. In 2018 and 2017, the team hosted an incredible 7 schools each year including Science Week on campus at DkIT.

In 2016, the DkIT team had it's first school visit to two 6th classes in St. Oliver Plunkett's National School, Blackrock as part of training with the NUI Galway team coordinators. This team then hosted 5 national schools in October/November 2016.

DkIT Fantastic DNA school map 2019

Since then, the team has been active in Dundalk and the surrounding counties bringing the Fantastic DNA Roadshow to primary schools of the area and hosting classes in the DkIT labs.

Check the team impact and the feedback from schools!

All children and teachers visited have a chance to provide us with feedback on the visit. This helps us to evaluate the quality and impact of our visits!

A summary infographic is generated for each team every year. It shows the metrics of the team activity, highlighting children's and teacher's experience by summarising their feedback and includes pictures from school visits.

Click on the links to discover the DkIT team visits over the past years.

 

Fantastic DNA at Science Week on the DkIT campus

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Cell EXPLORERS is funded by Science Foundation Ireland under the SFI Discover programme, NUI Galway and the Galway University Foundation. 

Science Week 2017

with DNA model