o The Frog Blog: July 2011

Saturday, 30 July 2011

YouTube Saturday - Jamie Oliver's TED Award Speech

In this brilliant 20 minute speech, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver speaks honestly about childhood obesity and healthy eating. In this excellent award winning presentation, Oliver details his wish to“help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.” Powerful.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Science Gallery ELEMENTS - Anyone 4 Science Workshops

As part of the Science Gallery's brilliant new exhibition 'ELEMENTS' the Anyone 4 Science team (currently hosting a series of science summer camps around Ireland) have organised chemistry workshops in TCD's School of Chemistry each Friday for the next few weeks. Members of the public are invited to "come along and get to make your own carbon, remove the oxygen from the air you breath, grow your own salt and compare yourself to helium". The workshops are suitable for kids aged 8-14 and cost just €4. For workshop times and further information visit the Science Gallery website.

For more information on the Science Gallery's latest exhibition, ELEMENTS, click here.

The KidWind for Schools Project

Teachers! Do you want to be able to learn more about wind energy and turbines? Do you want new and exciting ways to teach wind energy to your pupils? Well, the KidWind for Schools Project is a free five day workshop aimed at training both primary and secondary teachers to teach their students about wind energy using a more interactive and hands on approach. The program is aimed at teachers of science, mathematics and geography although others may attend. Training for teachers is delivered as a five day course covering theory and practical wind energy topics at the appropriate level so that they become confident in delivering courses in wind energy to primary and second level students.

Workshops focus in on specific lessons from blade design, basic turbine system concepts to wildlife impacts, economics, and more including

  • Energy concepts
  • Renewable energy
  • Wind energy history
  • Wind turbine technology
  • Wind farms in Ireland
  • Power and energy in the wind
  • Wind energy environmental and economics impacts
  • Blade and turbine design
  • Power output
  • Generators &  motors
  • Experiment - Classroom Projects (build a model turbine using classroom kit)

The course is being hosted by Dundalk IT and starts on Monday 15th August. The course is limited to just 15 places. For more information click here, click here for a copy of the registration form to email Johanna Cafferkey to book your place

Saturday, 9 July 2011

YouTube Saturday - Things You Need To Know ... About The Human Body

James May's new series "Things You Need to Know ...." is an excellent learning tool, particularly the episode on the human body - which is this week's YouTube Saturday video. In the series James May asks the big questions - How did I get my Granny's chin? Why do I catch colds? Why am I hung over? And what will we look like a thousand years from now? To find the answers he plunges himself into an exciting, entertaining and sometimes down right bizarre world of motion graphics. The answers are packed with facts that will surprise, amaze and entertain you - and make you look at your body in a whole new light. Part 2 available here

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

An Afternoon of Radioactivity

The Trinity College School of Chemistry is this year celebrating its 300th anniversary and to celebrate has organised an open series of lectures entitled "An Afternoon of Radioactivity" which will include an address by Professor Hélène Langevin-Joliot, the grand-daughter of Marie Curie. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Marie Curie. The lecture series will take place on Friday 15th July 2011 at 2pm in the MacNeill Lecture Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin. The lecture series is free to attend but tickets must be obtained in advance from the School of Chemistry. For tickets or further information contact Jill Galvin 01-8961726, or email: galvinji@tcd.ie.