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Science Transition Year Programmes

Biochemistry and Immunology

The School of Biochemistry and Immunology runs two separate work-experience weeks for transition year students each year, taking 16 students each week. Students are selected from a range of schools around the country to maximise school participation. The students spend half their week in a research laboratory, where they interact with students and senior researchers, learning about and participating in the laboratory’s research. The rest of the week involves group activities with talks, quizzes and visits to scientifically relevant sites on campus. Application forms available on the School website: www.tcd.ie/Biochemistry

Botany

The Department of Botany hosts transition year students for a week-long structured work experience programme that covers the range of activities of the Department. Students have the chance to experience what happens behind the scenes in an active research environment, working alongside technical staff, PhD students and professional scientific researchers. In addition to working at the Trinity Botanic Gardens, students have the chance to extract DNA in the molecular laboratory, to examine plant/animal interactions, to examine seed germination and storage using the Irish endangered plant seed-bank, to measure, in the field, critical environmental parameters and to work in the internationally important Herbarium. In addition, transition year students will meet with staff and attend presentations. Students seeking further information should contact the Department directly via e-mail: botany@tcd.ie. More information about the Department can be found at www.tcd.ie/Botany.

Chemistry

The School of Chemistry hosts a week long programme aimed at transition-year students. The programme involves a series of lectures, practical work and interactive tours of the facilities. This course offers a unique opportunity for interaction with students from different schools and for hands-on exposure to advanced methodology in world-class laboratories. www.tcd.ie/Chemistry.

CRANN (Nanoscience)

CRANN is Ireland’s leading nano and materials science institute and hosts two “Experience Nano” weeks for TY students yearly, one in spring and one in autumn. We take 15 students in each week from different schools around the country. Students learn about the basics of nanoscience through lectures and lab workshops with postgraduate students. They get to see advanced electron microscopes which we use to understand tiny materials like transistors in computer chips and medical devices. Students also learn about how CRANN works with industry partners, e.g. Intel, and about the commercialisation of research. Application forms available at http://crann.tcd.ie/Education-Outreach/School-s-Programme/Exploring-Materials.aspx

Physics

The School of Physics hosts a number of outreach events during the academic year. The popular Transition Year Physics Experience (TYPE) is held in November of each academic year. It lasts a full week and introduces students to nanophysics and astrophysics. The School also hosts two one-day events in February each year which focus on nanophysics or astrophysics. Information on all TYPE activities is sent to all secondary schools inviting them to submit applications for selected students. Public lectures for secondary school students are also held during Science Week. The details are posted on the Science Week website (www.scienceweek.ie). Details on the various events can also be found on the School of Physics website: http://www.tcd.ie/Physics//outreach/

Science Gallery

The Science Gallery runs week long mentoring programmes for up to 20 transition year students at a time, from different schools nationwide – in February/March and October/November. Each programme is developed for students to participate in workshops and experiments, lab visits and exhibition tours, presentations, talks, quizzes and an opportunity to potentially develop project ideas for upcoming exhibitions. For application details and other enquiries related to the mentoring programme website Science Gallery mentoring