DSE’s mission is to contribute to Ireland’s continued growth and development as a society — one that has an active and informed interest and involvement in STEM. DSE has many target audiences. These include students at all levels (with a particular focus on those in primary and secondary education), their parents and teachers, and the wider public.
To reach these varied audiences, DSE runs many events, and supports and participates in initiatives which help to raise the general awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) across Ireland.
For more information on DSE go to www.discover-science.ie
Space chemistry is a relatively recent area of specialisation compared to astrophysics. Atoms and molecules are not very abundant in space and their average temperature is very low. Molecular collisions that result in chemical change are rare but, given enough time, complex molecules can form.
Ireland is a member of the European Space Agency and, as such, has been involved in many major space projects. Most of us are familiar with the International Space Station which is the largest of the some 3,000 operating satellites currently in orbit. This lesson traces the revolutionary ideas of early scientists such as Galileo and describes how Newton’s Laws are used to calculate orbits.