first_imgAt ICS Tech Week 2016 was Dynamic Racing-St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal; who won the award for Best Portfolio at the Tech Week F1 in schools final at the RDS on the 28th of April 2016. Picture Conor McCabe. More information contact Philip Jones, MKC Communications on 01 7038614 / philip@mkc.ieSt Eunan’s College, Letterkenny have scooped a top award at the Tech Week 2016 F1 in schools competition. Competing against 20 other schools, Dynamic Racing won the award for Best Portfolio at the National Finals held in the RDS.The competition which involved racing on a 20-metre track, with model cars reaching scale speeds of up to 350km/h was hotly contested by some truly innovative designs. The F1 in Schools challenge is not all about speed, competing teams are also judged on the quality of their engineering, graphic design, resource management, portfolio, media skills, handling of sponsorship and verbal presentation of their work.The competition inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, and exciting way.Organised by the Irish Computer Society, Tech Week 2016 involved over 90,000 primary and post-primary pupils all over Ireland in a huge range of fun activities.It is sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland and and supported by Google, Puca and Institute of Physics in Ireland. Tech Week provides hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and related technology are shaping every area of life.The aim is to stimulate thinking around future opportunities for study and careers in technology, through learning in the wider areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.Jim Friars, CEO, Irish Computer Society said, “It is absolutely fantastic that so many students participated in Tech Week 2016.“We hope that they learned a lot during the week, gained confidence in their ability to make technology a part of their future and of course we hope they had lots of fun”.“The current generation of children and teens are ‘digital natives’ but instead of just using technology it’s important for them to understand that it can enable and enrich their lives through their own productivity and creativity. “Tech Week is a fun festival of technology with a serious ambition.  Ireland needs over 45,000 skilled new ICT professionals by 2018 to fuel the continuing growth of our economy.“We want young people and parents to understand the opportunity that exists and to figure out if technology is for them at an early stage.  They can then choose the right subjects and make college decisions on an informed basis around all that technology has to offer.”Tech Week 2016 aimed to encourage female students in particular to explore technology.  Currently less than 20% of computing students are female which is truly surprising as the tech sector is full of equal opportunities.Tech Week 2016 has created a series of videos of technology industry participants which can be accessed through During Tech Week, the RDS was the venue for super events and competition finals on 28th of April including the F1 in Schools finals (pupils use 3D CAD to design and race model F1 cars), the BizFactor entrepreneurial finals for primary schools, Scratch Coding Finals and a myriad of gadgets, gizmos, talks and technology.ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE SCOOP TOP AWARD IN F1 SCHOOLS COMPETITION was last modified: May 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:competitionF1newsschoolsSportSt Eunan’s Colllegelast_img read more

Religious or not, we all misbehave

first_imgBenjamin Franklin tracked his prideful, sloppy, and gluttonous acts in a daily journal, marking each moral failing with a black ink dot. Now, scientists have devised a modern update to Franklin’s little book, using smart phones to track the sins and good deeds of more than 1200 people. The new data—among the first to be gathered on moral behavior outside of the lab—confirm what psychologists have long suspected: Religious and nonreligious people are equally prone to immoral acts.Lab studies have backed that view, by asking participants to interpret moral vignettes or play games that tempt players to cheat, says Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at New York University in New York City. In a 2008 review for Science, for example, researchers found that believers act more morally than nonreligious people only when interacting with other members of their own religious community. Such selectivity makes sense from an evolutionary perspective, Haidt says. If, as some scientists hypothesize, religion evolved to increase social cohesion, it shouldn’t just make you “blindly nice to everybody; it should make you more virtuous when you are interacting with others of the same faith.”Lab studies have limitations, however. The artificial scenarios they rely on can’t tell researchers much about how religious and nonreligious people behave in daily life, or whether moral considerations are “even relevant” to how people actually behave, says Daniel Wisneski, a moral psychologist at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, and a co-author of the new study, which appears online today in Science.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Wisneski and colleagues used Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets to recruit 1252 adults ages 18 to 68 throughout the United States and Canada. Tempted by the possibility of winning an iPod Touch through a lottery, participants downloaded an app to their smart phones which allowed researchers to buzz them via text five times a day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. When they opened the texts, participants were prompted to open a link where they could confidentially report whether they’d witnessed, heard about, or performed any moral or immoral acts within the past hour, and jot down a description. They also entered details about how intensely they felt about the event, rating emotions such as disgust on a 0 to 5 scale.Reading through the 13,240 messages that the team received over the course of the 3-day study “was an interesting process,” Wisneski says. Participants confessed offenses both tawdry and peculiar: “Arranging adulterous encounter” and “[h]ired someone to kill a muskrat that’s ultimately not causing any harm” were two examples. Although Wisneski says that the negative reports periodically got him down, tidings of good deeds soon lifted his spirits. One person said that they “gave a homeless man an extra sandwich,” for instance, and another reported hearing about an organization that “freed Beagles that had never seen daylight or felt grass.”Overall, people who had identified themselves as religious or nonreligious when they registered for the study committed both moral and immoral deeds with “comparable frequency,” the team reports.  Unsurprisingly, being the target of a positive moral act made people feel slightly better than actually performing one, the researchers found. Benefiting from a good deed made participants more likely to do something nice for someone else later on, a phenomenon known as moral contagion, Haidt says.The study also confirmed that people with different political views emphasize different moral values. Many of the reported moral acts centered on avoiding harm to others or protecting people from oppression. But other values were at play, too. Wisneski and lead author Wilhelm Hofmann spent weeks classifying the reported acts according to six moral principles identified by Haidt and his colleagues: care for others, fairness, liberty, loyalty, authority, and sanctity. They found that conservatives were more likely than liberals to report acts involving sanctity and respect for authority, and liberals were more likely than conservatives to talk about fairness—a result that replicates earlier findings in the lab, Haidt says. In addition to Haidt’s six original values, the team found that participants’ judgments reflected two others, honesty and self-discipline, which they used to classify behaviors such as sneaking fast food “though I promised someone I wouldn’t have it.”An obvious weakness of the study is that people’s view of themselves may color how they report their own behavior, says Fiery Cushman, a moral psychologist at Harvard University. Still, it’s reassuring to see phenomena such as moral contagion, which have been observed in experiments, replicated in everyday life, he says. “It’s kind of a report card on what we’ve learned from the lab.”last_img read more