VEX Robotics Competition 2019

Robotics 2019

On Friday 29th April, CCS students took part in the VEX Robotics Competition held in LYIT. Nine schools from Donegal took part, with twelve teams in total as two schools had teams entered with robots sponsored by FinTech companies. There were twenty-four matches in the heat stage which CCS won! Sadly, CCS were knocked out in the semi-final by a crafty Letterkenny team who trapped the CCS robot for the majority of the match. The team worked hard building and coding the robot since December and planning their strategy. Well done to the boys for a fantastic achievement! Construction team members were: David McGonigle 5C, Dean Grant 5F, Tony Diver 5D, Ronan Kelly 5B, Conor Doherty 5C and Paul McGonigle 5E. Coding team: Dean Grant 5F and Lorcan Smith TYF. The driver on the day was David, who did brilliantly as did the entire team.

Category Third for Ciara at Young Scientist Exhibition

Ciara Gilmore Young Scientist

Congratulations to Second Year pupil Ciara Gilmore who achieved third place in her category at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin. Ciara's project - Will White Wine Remove Red Wine Stains From Clothing? - made the top three in the individual Chemical, Physical & Mathematical section. Her proposal to investigate the reaction which occurs when white wine is rubbed into a red wine stain clearly impressed the judges, who had 550 projects to choose from on the day. It takes great dedication and commitment to achieve such a result and we hope that Ciara's success will encourage future young scientists in CCS. Well done Ciara!


Young Environmentalist CCS 2


Congratulations and best of luck to Joseph Farren, Paul Shields & Fionn Bowyer who are through to the ECO UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards Final in Dublin, 22nd May. Their project is entitled "Bee Good". "Flower Power" made it to the ECO UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards semi-final.

CCS also had success to celebrate at SciFest 2018 in LYIT. Holly McLaughlin & Molly Gorman won the "Junior Life Science Award" with a project entitled "Is Sharing Really Caring?" Aine Monagle, Grainne Monagle & Amy McGonigle won the "Intel Award" for their project "Fruit of the Future."

The Physics of Hobbies (James Soper)

James Sope rCCS

James Soper, internationally renowned science presenter, ex-professional circus performer and Guinness World Record holding juggler, performs this fast-paced and interactive show especially written for 14-16 year olds and the Tyndall Lectures.

In the show, James will challenge and inspire the audience to look at their passions and hobbies and see that the physics behind their hobbies is the same physics that drives our modern world and could be their passport to rewarding future careers.

Combining live physics demonstrations together with a multimedia presentation and lots of engaging audience inspiration, this show is guaranteed to have your students thinking and talking long into the future.

Pupils Get a Kick out of Science Roadshow

Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland Roadshow photo album

A Science Foundation Ireland Roadshow took place in the Aras on Wednesday, 15th November. Students undertook a range of fun and interactive physical activities. A competition soon developed to find out who could kick the ball the fastest! Mr Bogan was in the lead with 50 miles per hour...until...Cian Burke recorded 57 miles per hour! Mr Halvin and Mr Doherty have asked for their score not to be recorded online. 

Students completed the following tasks using their understanding of how key scientific principles relate to physical activity: A sensor timing gate ten meter sprint challenge investigating speed and acceleration; an inflatable distance cage assessing kicking speed in miles per hour; a vertical jump challenge investigating explosive power and hang time in the air. Students learned about the links between scientific theory and practical applications through the sports experiments.

Learning Can Be Fun at W5

Climb IT CCS

A group of 2nd & 3rd year trip students went to W5 Science Museum Belfast on Tuesday, 7th November. The students enjoyed a technology trial workshop which involved building and testing a race car. Followed by a chance to try out their climbing skills on Climb IT. A fun day was had by all!