Members of the Geophysics Section of DIAS are involved in a range of outreach activities, both locally and nationally, with students in schools and universities, teachers and the general public. Outreach activities allow us to share our enthusiasm for these subjects with the wider community.
We hope that our activities will encourage people to have a broader appreciation of Geophysics or other Earth Science disciplines. Currently our Outreach programme comprises four spokes:
- Applied Geophysics Undergraduate Module: The Geophysics Section of DIAS runs an intensive one week module for final year undergraduate geology students. The module is fieldwork based where students gain experience on using geophysical instrumentation, data collection, data analysis and interpretation. Aspects of the module comprise Gravity, Magnetic, Electrical & Electromagnetic and Seismic Methods of shallow scale geophysical exploration.
- BT Young Scientist Exhibition: Every January, the Geophysics Section of DIAS joins the Geological Survey of Ireland in the ‘Eco Zone’.
- Seismology in Schools: This programme facilitates National and Secondary Schools in Ireland with a seismometer and associated software to record and study earthquakes from the other side of the world in real-time. Students monitor the performance of the seismometer daily and upload any recorded earthquake data to the International Schools in Seismology website where it can be shared with other schools initially in Ireland, the UK, and USA. The experience of the Seismology in Schools pilot programme reinforces the idea that when science is relevant. Learners become more engaged when they see how science is reflected in the reality of their own lives and by what they read in the media.
- School Visits: Schools may organise short trips to the Geophysics Section for their students to meet ‘real life’ geoscientists in their workplace and also to experience the recording of earthquakes from around the world via the Irish National Seismic Network.