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Outreach Activities

 

The Department of Physics are involved in a number of outreach programmes and activities. See below for more information on each.

 

 

The Physics Department run Revision laboratory sessions for the Leaving Certificate Physics experiments every January, normally the second week in January.  

For 2020 the revision course will be Monday 13th to Friday 17th January. 

There are two separate sessions of three hours each, morning and afternoon as outlined below –

Each session will take approx. 3 hours as follows:                              

Morning 09h30 – 12h30 and Afternoon 13h30 – 16h30

If your school is interested in taking part in the Leaving Certificate Revision Labs, please contact Maria (details below) for bookings and for further information.

Ms Maria Quinn, Chief Technical Officer –
email: maria.quinn@ul.ie ; Tel. No: 061 202490

For the beginning of Space Week 2019, the University of Limerick will host a Space Career Roadshow in conjunction with Science Foundation IrelandESERO Ireland and CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. These roadshows will provide students with an excellent opportunity to engage with space industry professionals, and third-level institutions, so that they can get a taste of the exciting opportunities that a STEM career in Space has to offer.

In addition to excellent speakers, flash talks, and project demos, students will have the opportunity to mingle with space industry groups, interactive artists, and more during an interactive lunchtime exhibition. Participants will have the opportunity to win a telescope and a souvenir mission patch signed by NASA Astronaut Dan Tani.

More information on the event and the speakers can be found on the Space Week website. 

Costumed drama brings science to life

Life and legacy of Robert Boyle enlightens and entertains school students across Ireland.

The Institute of Physics in Ireland’s annual Tyndall lecture features a highly entertaining re-enactment of the work of Robert Boyle. The Irish-born scientist was one of the most important figures in the development of modern science making discoveries across a wide range of areas. Currently the show is touring nine venues across Ireland with thousands of students attending. The show has been developed and is performed by Eoin Gill as Robert Boyle and Sheila Donegan as Lady Ranelagh, both from the Waterford Institute of Technology.

Born in Ireland in 1627, Boyle lived and worked in Oxford and London, often working closely with his sister Lady Ranelagh. Boyle worked at a time when there were many competing approaches to investigating the world and he was most influential in establishing experiment as the key way to building science. His experiments were performed in front of gatherings of scientists and dignitaries and were famous throughout Europe. This show is recreating many of Boyle’s own experiments in fundamental areas of physics such as the weight of the air, behaviour of gases under pressure, characteristics of vacuums and other phenomena by witnessing these demonstrations in the same way as an audience did 350 years ago.

Eoin Gill and Sheila Donegan are directors of Calmast STEM Outreach Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology. They have been celebrating the legacy of Robert Boyle for many years speaking and performing about Boyle in several countries. In 2012 with partners they established the Robert Boyle Summer School which runs each June at Lismore Co. Waterford. They are active across the whole range of STEM running events attracting over 15,000 each year in the Southeast. They are also the founders of Maths Week Ireland which is the largest maths festival in the world.

The Tyndall Lectures are held throughout Ireland annually and use demonstrations and interactivity to enthuse schoolchildren and show how their class work relates to modern areas of physics research. It forms a significant part of the Institute’s commitment to physics education and engagement.