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Calmast Attends ISTA National Conference

Calmast gave a successful workshop on the Mutation Game at the 2011 ISTA National Conference.

Calmast was delighted to be invited to present a workshop on the Mutation Game at this year’s Irish Science Teachers’ Association(ISTA) National Conference in Thurles. Directors Eoin Gill and Sheila Donegan were very pleased with the response from teachers who attended the workshop.

Set on an alien planet, the Mutation Game shows ‘evolution in action’ and is an excellent tool that aids students’ understanding of genetics. Each player or team sees their character change and evolve due to DNA mutations, resulting in different appearances and characteristics.

This novel approach to learning was well received by the teachers who agreed that their students often found genetics a difficult and challenging subject. The teachers highlighted the suitability of the game for different age- groups and class sizes as a major advantage of the game.

The ISTA national conference is the most important event for science educators around Ireland and this year’s conference succeeded yet again in being both entertaining and informative. In the six years that Calmast has presented at the conference, the directors have been continuously energised by the enthusiasm that ISTA members have for science. In particular, Calmast acknowledges the strong support teachers have shown for Maths Week and the Southeast Science Week.

The centre looks forward to attending the 50TH anniversary of the establishment of the ISTA, which will be held in Dublin next year.