Making the world of science, its real-world applications and exciting careers opportunities more tangible and accessible for students

60 secondary school students from across the Midlands were given a unique opportunity to ‘Try Science’ earlier this week in a series of educational workshops and talks designed to inform, excite and inspire.

Organised by Athlone Institute of Technology Department of Life and Physical Science, ‘Try Science’ encourages the future matriculation of students into science degrees and, ultimately careers, with the view to supplying the Midlands with a pipeline of highly qualified, capable and work-ready graduates.

As part of the event, the fifth-year students attended on a talk called ‘Why Study Science?’ which detailed the wealth of career opportunities available to those who attain a science degree and what it takes to get there from an academic perspective.

A science ‘speed-dating’ session kicked off shortly afterwards, highlighting four key areas of study, namely Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Bio veterinary Science.

Under the purview of making science and its real-world applications more tangible and accessible, students were given the opportunity to roll-up their sleeves and explore life under the microscope and how to diagnose and ‘avenge’ the flu. They also learned about the impact caffeine and alcohol on the body and about using cell factories for bio-pharmaceutical drug production.

“Third level taster sessions like ‘Try Science’ are immensely helpful for senior cycle students who want to know where a science degree will lead in terms of their future career prospects and opportunities,” Daniel Seery, Student Recruitment Officer, said.

“It has the added benefit of demonstrating to students and other key decision makers, such as parents, teachers and guidance counsellors, our commitment to nurturing our students and helping them choose the right career path for them.”

An educational powerhouse defined by a commitment to academic excellence, rigour and applied education, Athlone Institute of Technology has enjoyed considerable successes in the academic arena this year, most notably being named ‘best in class’ for research across the technological higher education sector. Further solidifying its reputational prowess, the institute was recently awarded ‘Best Academic Partnership’ at the prestigious national Education Awards for its part in developing SURE, Ireland’s first academic network dedicated to promoting undergraduate STEM research across the technological higher education sector. These accolades build upon the institute’s success in winning the Sunday Times Good University Guide ‘Institute of Technology of the Year’ award in 2018 for its unwavering commitment to academic excellence and innovations in applied learning.

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