The Transition Year Science Week at DIAS Dunsink Observatory runs during the last week of February each year. We welcomed 5 students in 2017 and this grew to 16 students in 2018, from the Dublin area and surrounding counties. Due to operational circumstances we had to cancel it in 2019 but it will be back for March 2020.
Enquiries to the Dunsink Observatory mobile phone at +353-87-6294966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The week is intended to show students how day-to-day scientific research is done. The students work in small groups, using the maths and physics they have learned in school to investigate meteors (shooting stars). They then make a poster with their findings and present this to the staff of the DIAS astrophysics section at the end of the week.
Participating students should have a keen interest in maths, space and science. Students should bring their own laptop with them, if possible, and would ideally have some experience in computer programming. The week consists of 4 days at Dunsink Observatory (10am to approx. 6pm on two days, until 7pm one day and later for a parents evening on Wednesday) and the last day, Friday, at DIAS (at 31 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2) for a poster session and discussion with other researchers at DIAS.
Students should be prepared to arrange transport to and from the Observatory each day (Monday to Thursday), see here for directions. If necessary, arriving a bit earlier in the morning is not a problem. There are also no shops within walking distance, so students should bring a pack lunch each day, and some extra food for the evening on 2 days. A microwave is available to heat food, and tea and coffee will be provided.