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.