Science Week in Glenstal November 9th to 13th 2015

Science Week in Glenstal November 9th-13th 2015

 Last week was a busy week for the Scientists and Science Teachers with many activities underway to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this great celebration of Science Nationwide. The first event of the week was the visit by all 1st year students on Tuesday to the University of Limerick to a lecture surrounding the magic of Maths with the title “Where do numbers come from?” This was a whistle stop tour of some of the exciting bits of the development of numbers asking questions along the way such as, Why do is A4 paper 297mm long? How do you know when there are -1 Sheep in a field?! What is the square root of -1 and why does it matter? Is Maths created by us or are we discovering eternal truth? Our 1st year students gave very positive feedback from this talk and were enthused with the presenter.

Wednesday’s event was a Live web chat organised by I’m A Scientist, Get me out of here which is an initiative supported by the Science Foundation of Ireland. Students in 1Delta were online in a live webchat with five Scientists from different disciplines and were allowed to ask any questions they wished (within reason!) with regard to the Scientist’s area of research or simply just how the person became interested in Science. The question “Did you ever blow up anything?” was frequently asked and many of the Scientists reported that indeed they had, but not intentionally! At the end of the webchat session our students all voted for their favourite Scientist. The top Scientist of the group at the end of the week would receive €500 for their chosen area of research.

On Thursday, all T.Y. students attended a Chemistry Magic Show – “Flames, Flashes and Frozen Flowers – putting the WOW into Science”. This show was created and presented by Sarah Hayes who you may have seen exploding ping pong balls with liquid nitrogen recently on “The Late Late Show”. The show lived up to its rather dramatic billing and was enjoyed by all and had some great audience participation by a number of Glenstal students.

The final event of the week was on Thursday evening. Nine of our 6th year students attended the ISTA organised Regional Science Senior Quiz in LI.T. but despite their valiant efforts they were pipped at the post for 3rd place in this regional final. Well done to all involved!

Thank you to all the students who interacted so enthusiastically with our Science Week program this year and of course thank you to Teachers Mary McKeogh, Jake Keogh, Mary E. Davis and our GAP student Tom Dalton for all the help with the various activities.

Helen Costello



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