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The state-of-the-art classroom takes off at DCU

A new state-of-the-art classroom has been launched at Dublin City University, designed to encourage more secondary school students to study STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths.

The Boeing Newton classroom provides hands-on experience for transition year students using professional flight simulators.

“It’s more interesting for kids when they’re not stuck behind a desk in the classroom,” said transitioning student Yoana Petrova.

“I’m definitely the type of person who learns more when it’s hands-on, so I think that’s a really good idea,” she added.

Max Morgenroth, a transition year student, hopes to become a pilot.

“I’ve always been interested in engineering and science and I think it would be great to get more people involved,” he said.

Flight simulators are programmed with educational modules covering areas such as math, coding and renewable energy.

DCU students from Aviation, Science Education and Physics courses have been trained to teach the modules to transition year students across the country.

“At DCU, we have a course called Aviation Management with Pilot Studies and we will be teaching transition year students how to use the math and science they are taught in flight simulators in a practical way,” said L. instructor Jack Kenny.

Education Minister Norma Foley opened the new classroom today.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our transitioning students to take advantage of STEM opportunities and see first-hand the innovation that can be captured,” she said.

Newton classrooms are mobile and have been deployed across Europe.

The DCU one will be in place for the next three weeks.

It is full, but the university hopes to be able to open a permanent classroom in the future.