Science

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.