The most recent Transition Year Science Week at Dunsink Observatory ran in 2018 from Monday 26th February to Friday 2nd March. Unfortunately Storm Emma and the associated Red Weather Alert meant that DIAS and all schools were closed and so we only managed two full days of work. The 16 students were very engaged during this time, however, and made a lot of progress, completing almost 3 days of work in the time.
To find out more, here is some general information about the TY week and read more below.
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The TY week is centred on meteors, or shooting stars. We have two meteor cameras and a radio antenna at the Observatory, funded by SFI, which are automatically searching the sky for meteors and recording any that they find. The detectors are part of the NEMETODE network in the UK and Ireland. Students learn to analyse these data both by hand using Junior Cert Maths, and also automatically by computer. The week has a strong citizen science emphasis through the NEMETODE network and members of amateur astronomy societies.