€4.4m in STEM education and public engagement projects announced
15 February 2018
A total of 41 projects receive funding to improve public understanding of STEM and to support education initiatives for under-represented groups
Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, assistant professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UCD, with Michal Miszta, Dublin Maker with his BB-8 Droid
A total of 41 projects have received funding to improve public understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and to support education initiatives for under-represented groups, it has been announced.
The investment, through Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme, was announced by Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD.
There are 41 diverse initiatives that are to be supported by this year’s programme; 11 of which have been awarded funding for two years.
This year’s call received more than 80 applications from which successful awardees were carefully selected through international peer-review.
Projects specifically aimed at developing computing skills
A number of projects specifically aimed at developing computing skills among young people are being funded, including CoderDojo, which is a network of free coding clubs (Dojos) for young people aged between seven and 17.
About 6,000 young people learn how to code and build websites in Irish Dojos.
A continuous professional development (CPD) evaluation programme to facilitate the teaching of the new computer science syllabus at Leaving Certificate is also being funded.
This project is being managed and developed by the SFI Research Centre Lero, the world-leading, internationally recognised centre of excellence in software research, in conjunction with education and advisory partners.
Space is another theme being supported again this year, with the Engaging Space project at Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork. This funding will include support for Space Week, which takes place October 4-10, 2018. Ireland’s Space Week festival came third in the world in 2017 for World Space Week events.
“I greatly support the significant efforts being made by Science Foundation Ireland to generate enthusiasm for STEM within the Irish public,” Minister Halligan said.
“The 41 initiatives being funded through this year’s SFI Discover programme will stimulate important public conversations around scientific research and will highlight the individual, societal and economic value of encouraging more people in Ireland to explore science-related careers.
“By shining a light on Ireland as a hub for excellent research that is far-reaching and inclusive, these projects will pave the way for our country’s innovative future.”http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2018/02/15/4-4m-in-stem-education-public-engagement-projects-announced/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/a-asfi2.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/a-asfi2-300x300.jpgNewsinvestment,SFI,STEM