11/19/2012, Düsseldorf / Germany


Henkel Supports National Science Week in Ireland

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Making Science Fun!

From recycling to forensics and magic, Henkel brought fun to National Science Week celebrations in Ireland. This year, Henkel organized interactive science activities for schools, teachers and the general public through workshops in Rubbish Science and Forensic Science.

Combining science, fun and recycling, Rubbish Science workshops are new to Irish Science Education activities in 2012. On November 12, 9-11 years olds at Scoil Santain and St. Kevin’s Girls’ Schools in Dublin, located close to Henkel’s Tallaght site, enjoyed science from the recycling bin with Elena Setterfield. Elena Setterfield is an experienced and enthusiastic science teacher devoted to fostering a love of science and enquiry in children.

“The ethos of Rubbish Science is to use recycled rubbish to do “hands on” science experiments, making science lessons more memorable and interactive and encouraging young scientists to think about a cleaner and greener planet, “ said Elena, who has 25 years of experience teaching science in Grammar, Comprehensives and Special schools in the United Kingdom. The children who participated in the workshops collected and used plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, and empty margarine pots to learn about animal habitats (biology), separating mixtures (chemistry) and friction (physics). This helped the pupils understand how much science can be done with every-day objects destined for the bin or the recycling box!

Calling all detectives!
Transition year students at St. Dominic’s in Ballyfermot were also treated to a morning of mystery solving and science on November 13, when Elena Setterfield introduced them to the many disciplines of forensic science. Sponsored for the first time this year, the Forensic Science workshops also encouraged all student participants to be part of exciting activities such as biometrics, impressions, fingerprinting, and hair and fiber analysis. The interactive workshop combined learning with practical activities which portrayed some of the many ways science can be applied in real-life. “This topic is a big hit with students in this age group and they really enjoy the hands-on approach,” clarified Elena Setterfield.”

Supporting teachers too
In the evening of November 13th, the R&D Packaging Laboratory in Tallaght was transformed into a forensics laboratory to host secondary school science teachers who attended a workshop for teachers. Commenting on the workshop Dr. Yvonne Traynor, Director, Henkel Technology Centre said, “As a local business with a significant presence in research and development, we want to encourage talent and boost the science potential of our community.”

Henkel Chemistry Magic Show Still Going Strong
By the end of Science Week, nearly 1,500 transition year students in Ireland had attended a Henkel Chemistry Magic Show during 2012. The hour-long show was filled with a series of dramatic and colorful experiments, aimed at highlighting the ‘fun’ in studying chemistry. The aim of the show was to challenge the perception of chemistry as a difficult subject amongst students. It was presented by Dr. Declan Kennedy, Senior Lecturer in Science Education at the Department of Education, UCC, and former secondary school chemistry teacher.

Dr. Yvonne Traynor, Director of the Henkel Technology Centre, also commented: “The response to the Henkel Chemistry Show as part of National Science Week has been fantastic in previous years and we were delighted to be back in Cork for another amazing show.”

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