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Over 300 Science teachers and educators gathered over the weekend at the 54th conference of the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) entitled Science Education in Ireland ~ New Frontiers which was held in Limerick IT and the Strand Hotel

The conference was opened on Friday night by Teresa O’Doherty (Mary Imaculate College), Dr Pascal Meehan (LIT) and Dr. James Ring, CEO of Limerick Chamber who welcomed the large number of delegates who had arrived in Limerick to attend all three days of the conference.

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Mark McCraughean from the European Space Agency was the first of the conference speakers. He brought the audience from earth to comet 67P via Rosetta with stunning photographs and information. Highlights over the weekend were Eric Mazur (who was sponsored by Dell) who inspired the delegates with his talk on Innovating Educators to Educate Innovators. He had also visited and spoke with employees in Dell on Friday. Also, Amber Gell (Picture: sponsored by Intel) who is a space craft engineer and aspiring astronaut, almost took the audience to Mars with stunning simulation videos and is one of the people who has applied to be on the first rocket who hope to land there. (There are about 18,000 applicants – she possibly has an edge on most of them!) She described her unconventional ways of thinking about things as a key component of her success in life and encouraged the delegates to support that in their students.

“The organising committee are delighted with how the weekend's event went. The many interesting presentations and workshops created an atmosphere for discussion and networking and the quality of the sessions provided will drive our learning forward and enhance the work that we do in the classroom. The comprehensive programme offered a great deal of choice for delegates with something for every interest and curiosity. We are indebted to our exhibitors, main sponsors and session providers for helping create such a positive experience for over 250 teachers”. Maria Sheehan, Chairperson, Limerick Clare branch of ISTA 

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Intel, Dell, Cook Medical, Regeneron, Stryker and BioPharmaChem were key sponsors and we were delighted to open new channels with them and hope to continue working together over the coming years.

Further information about the conference is available from Maria Sheehan, Chairperson Limerick-Clare Irish Science Teachers Association, Email: istacon2016@gmail.com ​​

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