CÚRAM’s Teachers in Residence programme supports both primary and secondary school teachers in science education. The programme helps teachers to break stereotypes associated with science and promote equal opportunities in science for all students in the classroom.
The programme has ten places available for five primary and five secondary school teachers and will run from October 2021, over nine evenings until March 2022. Due to COVID-19, this year’s programme will use a blended learning approach. The online sessions will be held twice a month from 7pm to 8pm.
Teachers will speak directly with world-leading researchers to learn about the medical devices research being done at CÚRAM to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic illnesses.
During the residency, teachers will learn about and receive resources for the classroom including science engagement activities, science capital teaching approaches, and lesson plan kits developed by teachers for teachers that are linked with the primary and junior cycle science curricula.
Teachers will work directly with CÚRAM researchers to develop high quality content for the classroom that is relevant, engaging, and practical to use. The content developed during the residency will be shared with all participants and their schools. Lesson plan kits developed from previous years’ teachers including homeschooling resources and Irish versions can be downloaded at:
Tuesday 5th October – Welcome and overview
Tuesday 19th October – Medical devices and biomaterials
Tuesday 2nd November – Stem cells, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
Tuesday 16th November – Repairing the heart and cardiovascular system
Tuesday 30th November – Repairing the brain and nervous system
Tuesday 18th January – Repairing the musculoskeletal system
Tuesday 1st February – Lesson plan development in collaboration with researchers
Tuesday 15th February – Enquiry-based learning approaches
Tuesday 1st March – Science engagement activities
Tuesday 15th March – Presentations of lesson plans
“The highlight has been the way in which CÚRAM has allowed me to take the wonderful, and sometimes I suppose, abstract research that’s happening here in NUI Galway, and make that difficult material manageable for students, and to bring that to a classroom in a fun adaptable way, whilst reminding the students of the broad careers that are available to them. The CÚRAM Teachers in Residence programme allowed us to develop teaching and learning resources and with these resources we could have fun and engaging workshops which led to much better and broader understanding for our students, and with that, better engagement. It’s going to bring an awful lot of students into STEM careers.”
Clive Monaghan, St. Jarlaths College, Tuam
“The main highlights for me being involved in the programme have been having access to the researchers and simply to collaborate with people who are so passionate about what they do, and with our skills then, it’s about being able to bring that passion and knowledge to a whole new generation of scientists.”
Carmel Moore, Eglish NS, Ahascragh
“The most interesting part was learning about new technology that has really developed since I left college which was a long time ago, .. 30 years ago, things like, stem cell research, particularly embryonic stem cells, the ethics involved, and also like things like the development of biomedical devices.”
Anne McGreavy, Coláiste Éinde, Salthill