St. Patrick’s Secondary School Selected for Leading Sustainability Initiative

St. Patrick’s Secondary School Climate Detectives: with Teacher, Kevin Fitzgerald are from left: Ayrton Burke, Ben O’Regan, Marc O’Connor, with James Hickey, Evan Nash and Shea Lawless.
Ayrton Burke, Evan Brennan, Conor Martin, Owen O’Connor carrying out investigations and measurements at Derrymore Beach.

Climate Detectives is an European Space Agency school project that challenges students to ‘make a difference’ in understanding and protecting Earth’s climate.

The project was undertaken by the European Space Education Resource Office wing of the ESA in attempt to engage and inspire students to understand and combat the growing problem of climate change. It is a European wide project which has been linked in with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) in Ireland

“We at St. Patrick’s were delighted to be selected as one of twenty pilot schools selected to work closely with the PDST in raising awareness and participation in this endeavour,” said Deputy Principal Tim Long.

More Relevant With Time

“The topic of climate change is extremely important for this generation as evidence suggests it will become more and more relevant as time goes on, but it also links in with many leaving certificate subjects,” he continued.

“Geography, biology, agricultural science, wood tech, chemistry and home economics now all included sections on sustainability and our responsibility to the environment.

It is also excellent experience for students in completing and communicating a project and working in groups.

Air Quality and Asthma

“Our students topics include investigating the issues of coastal erosion, how air quality is impacting levels of asthma, energy consumption, reliance on fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and changes in weather patterns. What makes this project stand out is that students are required to relate their own research to their locality, bringing about a sense of reality on our responsibilities, but also how these events will impact ourselves and the people around us,” said Mr. Long.

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