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What are we about..

Science LIVE! aims to introduce primary students to cutting-edge scientific research around Ireland through the comfort of their own classroom. Using Skype, classes can dial into research centres to learn about how this science is changing the world around us and speak to the researchers behind it. Our pilot programme, Microscopes LIVE! introduces the exciting world of nanoscience, materials science and microscopy through experiment kits and interactive resources. It provides an introduction to the properties of nanomaterials & microscopy and aims to inspire the entire classroom to learn more about nanoscience through the NanoWOW programme.
Primary school classes are supplied with a microscope kit which they can use to investigate the miniscule features of items in their classroom. Students are also invited to send in samples of materials which they’d like to observe at the nanoscale in a nanoscience research centre.
Science LIVE! is funded through Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme. It is run by the AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) centre, based at Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with SSPC based at University of Limerick, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, the Microscopy Society of Ireland and the Royal Microscopy Society.

Register to Take Part



If you would like your school to participate in Science LIVE!, sign up here. Once you’ve registered, a member of our team will get in touch by email and provide you with more information, as well as access to our online resources.

Why learn about microscopy and nanoscience?

Nanoscience is all about exploring materials at tiny dimensions. In recent years, advances in microscopy have enabled researchers and industry to see things on the nanoscale that were not previously possible. From the silicon chip in your mobile phone to the sensors in medical tests, nanoscience is changing how we live our lives. AMBER has some of the world’s greatest microscopes and that is why Ireland is now ranked 3rd in the world for nanoscience and 6th for materials science. This is creating exciting opportunities for jobs in science as well as great scope to learn more about everything at the nanoscale.

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