Amanda Nwankwo, Thomond Community College, Limerick conducting laboratory experiments set on the Leaving Certificate Biology and Physics curricula at UL PICTURE: SEAN CURTIN TRUE MEDIA
MORE THAN 700 Leaving Cert students from across Munster are to carry out practical biology and physics experiments in the state-of-the-art laboratories at the University of Limerick this week.
Students will get the opportunity to conduct the laboratory practical experiments set on the Leaving Certificate Biology and Physics curricula, in workshops run by the UL Department of Biological Sciences and the UL Department of Physics.
This Monday, 110 Biology and Physics students, from Limerick, Clare, Galway and Tipperary, visited the UL campus.
"This is a great revision opportunity for our students as they get to retake the practical experiments in the Leaving Certificate syllabus using the state-of-the art facilities,” said Jason Comerford, a biology teacher at Glenstal Abbey School.
“In addition to preparing students for their Leaving Certificate exam it gives them an insight into life as a university student, creating an added impetus to strive to reach their full potential."
Many students throughout the country do not get the opportunity to carry out experiments included in their course as their school’s don’t have the facilities, according to Professor Sean Arkins of the UL Department of Biological Sciences.
“Our biology laboratories have the most up to date experimental equipment to facilitate in depth research and experimentation.”
“It's a great opportunity for secondary school students to practically engage with the University also,” said Prof Arkins added.