Evening Echo, Monday, 15th July 2002


UCC score a first for Ireland


UNIVERSITY College Cork has scored another first for the country with the launch of a datalog­ging laboratory.

The laboratory was officially opened by UCC president Professor Gerard T Wrixon.

The Intel-sponsored lab aims to "bring science alive" for students who can now use computers to generate and conduct sci­ence experiments, the findings and results from which are processed for interpretation `almost in­stantaneously.

Some 40 students from nine Cork city-based sec­ondary schools, on campus to attend UCC's 2002 Chemistry Summer Camp, were the first users to avail of the laborat­ory's facilities.

From this October, data­logging will be part of UCC's chemistry under­graduate programmes.

Declan Kennedy, lec­turer in Science Education at the university's Department of Education, is  delighted with the launch of the lab.

"The use of datalogging opens up a whole new di­mension for the teaching and learning of science in Ireland. The days of the Bunsen burner are, gone  -  we are now in the won­derful position of being able to use the latest that technology has to offer to teach and learn science," said Mr. Kennedy.