This is just one of the mindboggling facts about peatlands that students encounter in NatPro’s module on the bogs.
‘MindBOGgling’ is a cross subject module designed to flexibly integrate into a school’s Transition Year Programme with options for interactive components in every session and workshop activities.
As part of the 'Unlocking Nature's Pharmacy' project, which focuses on studying the therapeutic and commercial potential of Irish bog plants, this module explores the importance of the boglands of Ireland in history and culture, industry and economy, environmental protection and in tourism and recreation. It looks at biodiversity through the lens of biodiscovery and the importance of natural sources as leads for drug development. Students are introduced to how novel drugs for human disease may be ‘unlocked’ from Irish biodiversity and potentially support transition to the bioeconomy.
The programme provides approximately 20 hours of classroom teaching content and resources. However, its modular structure means that you can pick and choose units to suit the time you have available. You can commence the programme at any time during the school year.
Introduction to the boglands of Ireland; the boglands and environmental protection; introduction to drug discovery from nature; unlocking nature's pharmacy from bogland species; the NatPro research pipeline
Enter the NatPro Boglands Creative Competition for TY students.
Students are invited to enter a piece of art inspired by the bogs in writing, art, photography or music. Competition details, how to enter and FAQs are available at the following link.
A special thank you to the Transition Year students of Sacred Heart School, Tullamore for inspiring us to name this module MindBOGgling while participating in a workshop with visiting NatPro researchers.
MindBOGgling Teaching Resources
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