"Manipulative Media" Makes the Grade at Young Scientist Exhibition

Young Scientist 2017

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

SciFest 2016SciFest 2016 photo album

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.

Flames, Flashes and Frozen Flowers – Putting the WOW into Science!

ScienceFlames, Flashes and Frozen Flowers photo album

On Friday, 5th January, a selection of students attended a Chemistry Magic Show – “Flames, Flashes and Frozen Flowers – putting the WOW into Science”. This show was created and presented by Dr. Sarah Hayes who you may have seen exploding ping pong balls with liquid nitrogen on “The Late Late Show”. The show lived up to its rather dramatic billing and was enjoyed by all. The students also benefited from a careers talk in the afternoon detailing the range of science courses available at third level.

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