New CÚRAM/SFI Children's Science Exploration SeriesThe first episode of ‘Science Waves’, a new podcast series led by primary school children as part of a public engagement project at CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices at NUI Galway, will air next Friday, (September 17th).
CÚRAM’s Science Waves project is a series of science radio shows and podcasts made by children for children, in partnership with Foróige and NUI Galway’s Alternative Radio Station, Flirt FM and with input from researchers at CÚRAM and NUI Galway. The first episode will air at 11 am on 101.3FM, Flirt FM on September 17th as part of Culture Night.
Science Waves was awarded funding through Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme in 2021. The Discover Programme funds projects dedicated to inspiring and empowering members of the public in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. The project team includes manager Andrea Fitzpatrick, creative producer Alice McDowell and technical producer Alan Meaney who have assisted the children in every step of the project from initial research through preproduction and postproduction. In light of the current COVID health crisis, production has been a combination of remote and in-person.
The project is also supported by Flirt FM at NUI Galway. Each episode is 30 minutes long, with the first episode focusing on the brain model produced with children from Educate Together Primary School in Newcastle school. Special guests on this episode are Dr Eilis Dowd, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at NUI Galway and former President of Neuroscience Ireland, and CÚRAM researchers, Daniela Costa and Yagmur Bozkurt.
Further episodes have been created with Scoil Croí Íosa, (Presentation Primary School), St. Pats Primary School in Galway City and Galway based Foróige groups supported by Tusla. Listen to the first episode of Science Waves, called the Brain. All episodes will be made available after broadcast on the CÚRAM public engagement website.