This secondary school
educational resource was developed by Niamh Sullivan - a secondary
school teacher taking part in the Science Teachers Assistant Researcher
Programme (STAR) funded by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
She developed this project in the Vision
Systems Group (VSG), School of
Electronic Engineering, Dublin City
The SFI are trying to promote research done in Irish laboratories by giving Science teachers the opportunity to work in these laboratories. During my time here in DCU, my experience has been both enjoyable and interesting. I have learnt a great deal, not only about the research been done but also the skills and competencies needed to be a researcher.
Part of this web site was designed to explain the complexity of the research in a more general sense. Another part attempts to answer the 'age old' question that can torment Maths teachers. "What use is higher level Maths in the real world?" In answering this question, we are potentially encouraging the next generation of researchers in this field.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Paul Whelan, Founder and Director of VSG, and the team of researchers in the VSG for all their help in the development and designing of this web site and who patiently answered all of my many questions.