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Embedding Community Based Learning in STEM Education

Posted: 26 July, 2018

Dr Vanessa Murphy, Lecturer in the School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences at DIT, is currently visiting Ho Chi Minh City training Vietnamese colleagues about the importance of community-based learning (CBL) in STEM education.

HCMC University of Science employees give DIT community-based learning projects the thumbs up!

Dr Murphy is a member of the Chemistry Education Research Team which provides a range of interactive learning experiences to primary school children aimed at fostering their interest in learning science. Along with colleagues from DCU, Vanessa is providing training on the integration of Community Engagement and learning into STEM education as part of the "Embedding Community Based Learning in STEM Education" project, organised by the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science. 

An example of a transformative CBL project delivered by DIT aimed at fostering an interest in STEM subjects with children aged 8-12 years of age is the Junior Scientist Badge. The programme is a component of the 2nd-year Professional Skills module for chemistry students in DIT and provides young people from the St Michael's Youth Project in Inchicore with the chance to learn more about science while receiving recognition for their efforts. 

The initiative is generously funded by Irish Aid and provides a fantastic opportunity to share the expertise built up in by the DIT School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences in this area, which was recently recognised by a DELTA Award. It also allows DIT to showcase what it can offer by engaging with communities, locally and internationally, and personal and professional development of our students.

You can read more about Community based learning - Junior Scientist Badge here.