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Scaling back: graduate invents plastic alternative from fish waste

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/19/scaling-back-graduate-invents-plastic-alternative-from-fish-waste

Award-winning material looks and feels like vinyl but is stronger and may be disposed of as food wasteA bio-plastic made of fish waste which would otherwise wind up in landfill, with the capability to replace plastic in everyday packaging, has landed its UK graduate designer a James Dyson award.Lucy Hughes, 23, a recent graduate in product design from the University of Sussex, hunted to tackle the dual problems of environmentally harmful single-use plastics and inefficient waste streams by harnessing fish offcuts to make an eco-friendly plastic substitute. Keep on reading…

STEM Education in the Irish School System

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STEM Education in the Irish School System

Innovation 2020, Ireland’s strategy for Research and Development, Science and Technology, highlights the critical importance of excellence in STEM Education to ensure the continuous development of a pipeline of talent to support both Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and an active ecosystem for indigenous start-ups.
Driven by these considerations, and conscious of concerns expressed from a range of sources regarding the ‘quality and quantity of the STEM pipeline’ in Ireland, the then Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, established a STEM Education Review Group to carry out a comprehensive review of STEM
Education in Ireland.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are critically important disciplines for modern society. They empower our citizens in so many important ways. Science and Mathematics provide answers to the fundamental questions of nature and enable us to understand the world around us.
STEM disciplines of knowledge enable us to measure, analyse, design and advance our physical environment and enhance our quality of life, especially through
developments in healthcare. Expertise in STEM subjects is necessary to drive our economic ambitions, support innovation and provide the foundations for future prosperity.

Knowledge-based economies are particularly dependent on the quality and quantity of STEM graduates. Modern democracies require scientifically-literate citizens in order to make well-informed decisions regarding major global issues such as climate change, sustainability, energy, and food security.

Providing STEM Education of the highest quality is essential if Ireland is to deliver on its ambitions to be a hub of technological creativity and an innovation leader.

 

Read More: https://www.education.ie/en/The-Education-System/STEM-Education-Policy/stem-education-policy-statement-2017-2026-.pdf