A new €400,000 science studio at University College Cork is set to revolutionize science education and enhance the university’s research offerings. The state-of-the-art facility, located in the Kane Building, is equipped with 4k smart cameras and the latest audio-visual technology.
Dr. Eric Moore from the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science compared the facility to “Masterchef for science” and highlighted the interactive experience offered by the smart cameras throughout the soundproofed room. The project was funded under Pillar 3 of the Higher Education Authority’s Human Capital Initiative, which aims to support innovative projects that will transform higher education in Ireland.
UCC president Professor John O’Halloran expressed his gratitude to the HEA for their support in developing the studio, which he believes will transform science education at UCC and advance the inclusion agenda in STEM. The head of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, Dr. Sarah Culloty, described the facility as an inclusive educational environment that provides exciting opportunities for innovation in teaching and learning while enhancing research offerings at UCC.
The new science studio is designed to create premium video content for TikTok audiences while also providing outreach opportunities for teachers and students. It is a testament to UCC’s commitment to investing in cutting-edge technology and its dedication to providing students with hands-on experiences that will help them succeed in today’s fast-paced world of science and technology.