NUIG to hold summer schools for prospective students

Pictured at an NUI Galway computing summer camp were twins (l-r) Tara and Fiona O’Kelly from Taylor’s Hill Secondary School, Galway.

Pictured at an NUI Galway computing summer camp were twins (l-r) Tara and Fiona O’Kelly from Taylor’s Hill Secondary School, Galway.

NUI Galway is offering secondary school students the choice of seven separate summer schools in June, covering the disciplines of business, nursing, computing, engineering, science and law.

The summer schools are designed to give prospective students a taste of university life through a wide range of hands-on practical activities.

The nursing summer school will take place on Wednesday June 4, giving students the opportunity to learn more about nursing and the careers available to them after graduation. Activities at the Summer School will focus on lifesaving skills, including CPR, recognising vital signs, and hand hygiene. Spaces for this Summer School are limited to 32 students and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

NUI Galway’s one week computing camp introduces computing in a novel, fun and interactive way. Students will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with a range of digitally-inspired topics including programming, games, modelling and robotics. The summer camp will also provide an insight into the range of topics that form part of the highly successful BSc in Computer Science and Information Technology. The camp takes places June 9 to 13 from 9am-4pm and is open to all secondary school students from 13 to 17 years of age. In addition there will be a Computer Science and Information Technology Experience day, aimed specifically at transition year students, which will run on Thursday June 12.

Students interested in the engineering summer school have a choice of two different days to participate, Thursday June 19, or Friday June 20. Taking place in the new engineering building, the summer school offers a hands-on practical experience to get a taste of life as an engineer. Activities include a robo-soccer game, go-kart design for future Formula 1 engineers, designing an eco-house, remote control of a wastewater treatment plant, and building and testing a pace-maker circuit. There will also be a 'Frankenstein Design’ feature on how bioengineers make new body parts.

The science experience summer event on June 25 and 26 will offer students two days to explore a wide range of scientific disciplines in world class research facilities and institutes. The workshop will feature all disciplines of the College of Science including biology, chemistry, maths and physics. Prospective students will get a taste of life as a scientist with the opportunity to do their own lab experiments and demonstrations, find out more about careers in science, and hear about the latest discoveries and inventions. The closing date for applications for this event is Thursday May 15.

The business summer school will run on Tuesday June 24 and is open to all secondary school students. It will comprise workshops and lectures bases around the five subject areas taught by the School of Business and Economics - marketing, human resource management, accounting, economics and business information systems.

Activities include five 45 minute workshops providing insights into each subject, tours of student facilities at NUI Galway, and students will have the opportunity to find out about the financial positioning of their local businesses.

New for 2014 is a one-day law summer camp, organised by the University’s School of Law. A degree in law opens up a broad range of career opportunities in many different areas. The camp will be interactive with students learning about criminal law, corporate law and topical legal issues. This will be a fun and productive introduction to law, taking place on Friday June 6. Spaces are limited to 30.

For further information, or for application form, visit http://www. nuigalway.ie/summer-schools/

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