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Limerick Students offered opportunity to compete in New Dragon’s Den Style Programme, Transition Year Chips @ School Project

Limerick TY students asked to present a new idea to address a social or environmental issue in Transition Year Chips @ School project.

Limerick Students offered opportunity to compete in New Dragon’s Den Style Programme, Transition Year Chips @ School Project

Infineon Technologies Ireland, Bridge21 and AMBER (the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre) based at Trinity College Dublin, launched the Transition Year Chips @ School Project on Monday, January 22. Chips@School is a week-long project and competition that will bring students with interests in science, engineering, technology, business and art together to use digital technologies to solve 21st-century issues. Applications to take part in the project are now open to all Transition Year students across the country, with submissions closing on Friday, February 9.

During the week, participating transition year students will form interdisciplinary groups to research, prototype, and present new tech ideas which address social or environmental issues of their choosing. Students will have the chance to work in teams on their own research projects throughout the week and will be guided by Bridge21 facilitators and AMBER researchers. They will learn about the technical applications of chips, coding and sensors, as well as personal development such as presentation training, team and time management. On the final day, students will pitch their new idea to a panel of judges who will decide on a winning team.



Randolph Knobloch, Managing Director at Infineon Technologies Ireland Ltd., said: “We are delighted to have collaborated with TCD, Bridge21 and AMBER on this project to introduce the Chips@School Transition Year Project and Competition to Ireland. Infineon Technologies Ireland is dedicated to encouraging enthusiasm for technology and supports the smart brains of tomorrow by providing a platform for Transition Year Students to develop innovative and sustainable ideas for the future. Chips@School Ireland is a great opportunity to expand the already very successful format in Germany and Singapore. We look forward to further expanding our collaboration with the project partners in 2018.”

Prof. Jake Byrne, STEM Programme Manager at Bridge21, commented on the launch saying: “Bridge21 is excited to be part of the Chips@School Transition Year Project and Competition in 2018. This programme offers us an opportunity to think creatively about how we can create a unique and authentic learning experience for students – one that brings together our industry partners and academic knowledge in a fast-paced, hands-on environment. In addition to technical knowledge, students will also develop skills such as teamwork, presentation, time management, business modelling and coding.”

Dr Rachel Kavanagh, AMBER Education and Public Engagement Officer said: “This unique project has provided a great opportunity for collaboration between industry, education and AMBER researchers. The week will highlight real-world transdisciplinary work, and the range of skills, backgrounds and disciplines that are required to input into the development of new technologies in the 21st century. Giving students access to Ireland’s leading materials science research facilities and scientists will inspire them to think positively about science careers and the importance of STEM to society.”

For a Chips@School application pack please email [email protected]. The project runs from March 5-9, 2018 and students must submit an application form by Friday, February 9, in order to take part.

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