EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY RESOURCES FOR IRELAND
Dr. Barry Fitzgerald
National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning, University of Limerick, Ireland.
In this presentation, the mapping of European Space Agency (ESA) educational resources to 2nd level curricula in Ireland will be presented. ESA provides a large collection of interactive and dynamic online educational resources that are based upon space activities such as travelling and living in space. The mapping of these materials makes them accessible and relevant to the current scientific curriculum, providing a valuable resource to reinforce the delivery of learning outcomes using the setting of space. Examples of the mapping of these resources to both junior certificate science and leaving certificate physics will be presented. The mappings are available at the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) in Ireland website which will be explored during the presentation. In addition, examples of the mapping of offline materials such as text books will also be highlighted. Partners in the mapping project are ESERO Ireland and NCE-MSTL, UL.
Dr. Barry Fitzgerald is currently a Projects Officer in Teaching and Learning at NCE-MSTL which is based at the University of Limerick. He received a BSc degree in Applied Physics from the University of Limerick in 2001. After a research project focused upon the computer simulation of granular materials subject to shear deformation, he obtained a Ph.D. in computational physics from the University of Limerick in January 2011. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences/workshops and published in the fields of granular materials, biomedical physics and physics education research. His research interests include granular materials, computational modelling, the development and implementation of computer algorithms, biomedical physics, physics education and galactic dynamics. In addition, he is very passionate about science communication. Using superheroes, space exploration and science of tomorrow as platforms to promote science, he has presented at a number of school and public conferences/events such as Scifest.
DEPARTMENT OF LIFE AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES • GMIT GALWAY
24TH SEPTEMBER 2011
Camera : Marek Bogacki
Sound : Naoise Pye
Produced by DOCUMENTAVI MMXI