The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Limerick welcomed Leaving Certificate Biology students from all over Munster into their state-of-the-art laboratories last week. The Department provided the students with the opportunity to conduct the laboratory practical experiments set on the Leaving Certificate Biology curriculum. Biology Practical Sessions were first presented by the Department of Biological Sciences at UL over fourteen years ago.
Biology Teachers have described the opportunity to attend the LC Biology Practicals as follows: "This is a great revision opportunity for our students, they get to re-take the practical experiments in the Leaving Certificate syllabus using the state-of-the art facilities. In addition to preparing students for their Leaving Certificate exam it gives them an insight into life as a university student, creating an added impetus to strive to reach their full potential."
"Many biology leaving cert students throughout the country do not get the opportunity to actually carry out and practice the experiments included in their course work and a lot of secondary school laboratories simply don't have the facilities to allow this. The Dept of Biological Science’s biology laboratories have the most up to date experimental equipment to facilitate in depth research and experimentation. It's a great opportunity for secondary school students to practically engage with the University within a laboratory setting".
The department's technical team, teaching assistants as well as post graduate students and final year BSc Ed students who will be qualified as second level biology teachers at the end of this semester, present the laboratories to assist students throughout the week and instruct them in conducting the experiments.