WHO WE ARE
Some info about who we are.
Some info about who we are.
Fiosracht is funded by the Science Foundation of Ireland's Discover programme, which aims to promote public engagement with STEM.
“Science and technology play an increasingly important role in addressing the economic, social and environmental problems faced by the world today. That role needs the support and active engagement of the public who fund the work and are the ultimate beneficiaries of it. An engaged public is one that understands the role of science, can judge between competing priorities and arguments, encourages young people to take science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, and feels that is has the appropriate level of engagement with, and influence upon, the researchers. SFI, as the primary investor in scientific research in this country, must form a strong relationship with the Irish people, built on trust.” Science Foundation Ireland Strategic Plan Agenda 2020
Science Foundations Ireland's Education and Public Engagement programme seeks to promote the awareness and engagement of the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). This supports one of the four primary objectives outlined in the SFI Strategic Plan - Agenda 2020; Objective C: To have the most engaged and scientifically informed public.
Fiosracht is made possible by the groundbreaking partnership between IT Tallaght, Foróige, South Dublin Libraries and UK-based social enterprise Project 42. All partners bring a special expertise to Fiosracht allowing a more dynamic and further reaching approach towards STEM education and empowerment.
As the famous thinker Aristotle said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.
Project 42 is a UK-based social enterprise. Their approach is to engage young people by guiding them through a design process, which is hands on, puts them in the driver seat and focuses on building their confidence, along with soft skills such as teamwork, collaboration and communication.Click here for more
Tansdev have been an amazing partner to Fiosracht, helping us introduce the practical applications of STEM subjects in the real world.
Transdev have partnered with Fiosracht and the camps, providing an invaluable source of knowledge and experience for the young people attending. Neil Menzies of Transdev has been involved in all of our camps, presenting presentations on the history of Dublin transport its future as well as serving as an expert on transport design, offering insightful feedback to the young peoples projects. The transport ideas and designs we’ve seen in the camps have all benefited greatly from this partnership.
Our collaboration and sponsorship from Transdev has provided a real and meaningful interaction with STEM subjects and Irish society for the Fiosracht young people.
Some names and Faces
This is the amazing group of people that run and facilitate Fiosracht. It is made up of a diverse set of people, ranging in disciplines and areas of interest. All of these differences make for a brilliantly wide bank of knowledge and experience to help inform our camps, clubs and other STEM engagement events.
Take a look at all the people below, who make up the Fiosracht Team.
Gerard is a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Technology Tallaght.
Lucy is a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering & Robotics and Automation at the Institute of Technology Tallaght.
Peter is a designer and founder of Also Studio.
Niall Morahan is a service designer and strategist who set up the social enterprise Project 42.
Andy is ‘Area Manager Tallaght Youth Service’ for Foroige.
Yvonne is a Foróige Area Youth Officer for Jobstown, Kingswood, Kilnamanagh, Saggart, Rathcoole, Newcastle.
Colin is a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Technology Tallaght..
Jill is a child psychology student assisting in PhD research