Science for Schools is a research experience for secondary school teachers. For four weeks this summer, teachers Olivia Derwin and Clare Lamont joined UCD’s Laboratory of Molecular Evolution and Mammalian Phylogenetics.
During the Science for Schools programme, the teachers used the bat research at Professor Emma Teeling's lab to explore key biological concepts in Comparative Genomics, Evolution, Ecology and Ecosystems and Speciation. They received multidisciplinary training in cutting-edge research techniques: they became familiar with laboratory skills, learned how to use basic bioinformatics tools and also participated in field trips.
During the programme the teachers developed a free transition year programme based on what they learned, which is now available for download to all schools.