Transition Year

Work Experience at TCD - Caití Farren

Caiti FarrenI was one of the lucky 25 people from around the country to be offered the opportunity to do their work experience in Trinity in the Biochemistry and Immunology Department. On the first day, none of us had a clue about what we would be doing but throughout the week we learned a lot about immunology and how cells react to protect themselves from disease. We were assigned labs to work in and at the end of the week we even got to see where all the animals were kept, but we had to wear a lot of protective clothing. It was really interesting to work in a lab because the people we were working with were finding cures for MS and Whooping Cough. I also learned a lot about what it's like to be a Ph.D. Student in science. It was a great experience that really helped me to decide what kind of career path I want to take in the future. - Caití Farren, TYA

Adam Mullins Goes to Trinity & Beyond!

Adam Mullins TYI recently participated in TYPE or the Transition Year Physics Experience in TCD. This is a week where a select number of TY students from all over Ireland get a chance to experience what it is like to study Physics in Trinity. As part of TYPE I took part in several experiments such as clouding levitation and the collision of two hydrogen particles. These were both very new and interesting experiences. I also took part in a day trip to Dunsink Observatory where I got to learn about Astrophysics and watch solar flares using a telescope. This was definitely a worthwhile week and I would recommend that anyone thinking of doing Physics for the Leaving Cert. should apply for this programme. - Adam Mullins (Transition Year)

Make a Wish Tea Party Raises Over €400

Make A Wish 2016

Make a Wish Tea Party photo album

Class 3G and their teacher Ms. Crawford would like to thank everyone who contributed to and attended the Make a Wish Tea Party, Tuesday, 22nd November. Many people helped to make this event a great success. Sincere thanks to Geraldine McKeown and her Third Year Home Economics class who made the delicious baked goodies that were enjoyed on the day. Altogether, €412.95 was raised for Make a Wish Ireland. Raffle results...Winner of the cake: Mr McGuinness (kindly given to TYD, although he probably didn't have a choice!) Winner of Guess the No. of Sweets in the Jar: Niamh Doherty (TYE).

TY Pupils Impress at Carndonagh Enterprise Town Event

TY Enterprise 2016

Carndonagh Enterprise Town photo album

Transition Year pupils participated in the Carndonagh Enterprise Town event in the Colgan Hall on Saturday, 12th November. It was a great day, and a fantastic opportunity for them to display a little of what will be for sale at their very own enterprise event - the TY Christmas Fair 2016 - taking place on Friday, 16th December in the Áras. Gavin Duffy of Dragons' Den fame was there and kept asking for selfies with the 'entrepreneurs of the future', the TY pupils of 2016!

TYD / Seniors Visit Malin Head Coast Guard Station

Coast Guard Station Visit

On Wednesday, 19th October, a group of TYD, 5th year and 6th year students went to Malin Head to visit the Coast Guard Station. When we arrived, we met Mike, Brendan and Dara who are all Coast Guards stationed in Malin Head. We happened to be very lucky; the day before there was a yacht which lost engine power during its approach to Donegal Bay. They were able to tell us all about what they had to do in that situation. The South-Westerly winds blew the yacht into rocks, causing it to run aground. It was great to have a recent and interesting story. We also got to listen to the phone-call that took place the night before, informing them of the incident. Many of the men in the station were involved in this incident and had something to do.

The men were very kind and helpful and were willing to answer any questions that we had to offer. Mike showed us a video on the National Marine College of Ireland to give us a quick view of the training required for this job. NMCI also had an open night taking place the day after the trip, which Mike was attending.
They showed us some of their fancy and high-tech equipment, including the radio sets which one of our group members, Adam Mullins, used to call a station in Galway! We also learned that if you are communicating via radios, it usually works better at night as the sun is not ionising the particles……

They also showed us how their job has changed over the years. This trip was very interesting and enjoyable. We learned so much about the Irish Coast Guard and what they do. 

By Adam Mullins, Evan Mc Laughlin, Jaime Ureῆa, Tara Doherty and Danielle Houghton. TYD!!!

In other news, Sally McKenna has been accepted into the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017. We wish Sally all the best with her project Media Manipulation.

TY Pupils Produce the Goods at Enterprise Day

ETB CCS Winners

Photo courtesy of Donegal Daily

On Wednesday 19th October, ten TY Enterprise students were the overall winners in Donegal ETB's Enterprise Day earning themselves the title of Entrepreneurs of the Year 2016! This was a fantastic achievement as over 200 students from across Donegal participated in the event. 

This competition is designed to encourage students to explore their innovative and enterprise skills and involves working as a team to develop a product and pitch their idea to a judging panel made up of local business people. The students are also given the opportunity of working alongside a business mentor.

Presented with a set of materials ranging from paper plates and pegs to balloons and straws, the students created an electronic scanner that would help students highlight the most important elements of their notes and transfer the information to their phones, iPads and laptops.

Having impressed the judges with their initial pitch, the students secured a top three place and were then invited to pitch their idea once again, this time to a packed room of over 250 people!

Congratulations and well done to the winning students - Ben Nelson, Rachel Devlin, Ellen Simmons, Aidan Doherty, Kate Hunter, Rory McElroy, Amy Doherty, Emma Johnson, Brigid Doherty and Lauren Devlin. You did everyone proud!