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Intel Ireland Helps Kids Discover Science Through Design

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Ireland’s economic future depends critically on the supply of an increasing number of people qualified in science and engineering. But as this demand increases, the interest in these subject areas has sharply declined throughout the education system.
At Intel, we believe that young people are the key to solving global challenges. A solid math and science foundation coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration. and digital literacy are crucial for their success. That is why we are directly involved today in enhancing education programs around the world by working with local governments and educators.
Recognising the need for science programs with a practical approach, in 2005, Intel Ireland brought a successful U.S. education program to Ireland. The program, Design and Discovery, was devised to provide a hands-on, project-based course for transition year students. The aim of the course is to encourage more students to take physics and engineering courses at both Leaving Certificate and third level.
Since the introduction of the program to Ireland, over 300 Irish teachers have completed the 2-day training course which has been approved by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Teachers have found the course very useful in engaging students in science and engineering. “I think that the Intel Design and Discovery course is excellent because it allows students and teachers to move away from the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ text book based approach. It’s a very practical, hands-on, design course which allows students to develop a deeper understanding of how things work”. Audrey Byrne, Science Teacher, Lucan Community College, Co. Dublin.

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