VOTE for The Aquachargers - People's Choice Awards 2017


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The Aquachargers TY group have made it to the final round of the Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Awards 2017. The group are - Eimear Smith, Rachel Devlin, Brigid Doherty, Danielle Houghton, Caiti Farren and Katie Dury..."Our group decided to build a small, easy-made hyrdo-electric generator that would be capable of charging a phone. For the generators we used water that was already available to us (like rain water or water from streams) and produced energy using a water wheel. Our creation was demonstarted to pupils in our school and other schools in the area to show how easy it is to create renewable energy for under €25!"

The group are calling on the support of the public to vote for their project for the 'People’s Choice Award 2017', an award decided by online public poll. Voting is open from 2nd until 15th of May on and the winner will be announced at the Final. The ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards is Ireland’s biggest all-island celebration of youth ECO-Action. Since 1999, the ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards has recognised and rewarded the environmental actions of thousands of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are working to protect, conserve and enhance our environment through local environmental action projects, making a difference to their lives and the lives of others locally and globally.

"Manipulative Media" Makes the Grade at Young Scientist Exhibition

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Young Scientist Exhibition photo album

Sally McKenna (5E) recently took part in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin. Sally's project "Manipulative Media" joined eleven other projects from Donegal. Overall there were 550 projects at the exhibition. The shortlist was reduced from 2091 entries to 550 in early Januray. The fifteen pupils from CCS who attended the exhibition certainly enjoyed and benefited from the experience. Entries from CCS are sure to multiply in the coming years.

Comments from the Students

It was great to see the dedication and inspiration of all the aspiring scientists at this year's BT Young Scientist Awards. - Dealgan Farren

The Young Scientist was very interesting. It had a wide variety of things to look at and showed a lot of sections to do with different sciences. I enjoyed the 3D screening as well as looking at all the science experiments being done. I think you could spend hours at it. I really enjoyed the day except for waiting in line to get into the exhibition! - Gemma Mc Cormick

The exhibition was well played out and eye catching. However there was too much to see in the time we had. The place was swarmed with people creating a great buzz. Overall I think the experience was enjoyable and educational. - Leah Harley

I really enjoyed the trip down to the Young Scientist 2017. Fifteen students from this school went on the trip along with Ms Coll. The place was full of people. There was an area which displayed all 550 entries in isles labelled A-Z. Some of the projects were amazing. Sally Mc Kenna from our school entered a project on false marketing, focusing on detox products. Overall I really enjoyed the day. - Conan Mc Lucas

SciFest 2016

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The LYIT leg of SciFest 2016 took place on 13th May. Junior Cert pupil, Aisling McCarron won the Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award for her 'Investigation on the effect of food and drink on my blood glucose levels'. Aisling is now competing in the next stage for the SciFest 2016 Grand Award. The Final will take place in Dublin in November. Fourteen students in total represented CCS in LYIT, covering a range of topics from sound waves to the effect of colour on memory.

Deaglan's Future in Physics Only a Matter of Time...

Deaglan Farren NanoscienceDeaglan Farren TYB participated in the Physics/Nanoscience Workshop in TCD on Tuesday, 1st March 2016. The Trinity College School of Physics hosts a number of outreach events during their academic year. Their popular Transition Year Physics Experience (TYPE) is held in November. It lasts a full week and introduces secondary school pupils to nanophysics and astrophysics. Deaglan was unlucky in the lottery for the week in November but undeterred, he secured a place on the one-day workshop in March with a choice between physics, nanophysics or astrophysics. Deaglan took the workshop on physics. He enjoyed his time with the School of Physics and the experience of college life. Well done, Deaglan!

The Birdman Swoops on CCS

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Martin Maloney a.k.a. The Birdman had two parts to his presentation in the Aras on Thursday, 4th February. Firstly, a slideshow and video presentation to our TY pupils on birds of prey. He highlighted the need for young people to change the perception of birds of prey, e.g. that they don't eat living lambs and they do eat pest species such as rats and mice. Of course, birds of prey are scavengers and will also eat dead animals.

Secondly, he took out three of his own birds - Rambo the buzzard, Leo the long eared owl and Barny the barn owl. Martin is a professional Ornithologist who has been a leading member of Ireland's Raptor Study Group for the past decade (Raptors is another term for birds of prey). The main part of his work at the moment is education in schools throughout Ireland north and south. In addition, he is no stranger to RTE and BBC and will be on Colin Stafford's Living the Wildlife on RTE One TV in April. Martin is also a leading light throughout Ireland and Britain for rehabilitating and reintroducing birds of prey into the wild.