Monthly Archives: January 2013
The German Breakfast Morning
Frühstuck Von Deutschland
On the 18th January 2013, the students took part in the first ever German Breakfast morning in the school. The breakfast consisted of anything and everything from Schinken (Ham), Eier (eggs) to Schokoladen Kuchen (chocolate cake) und Kekse (biscuits)!
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students brought in some of their own homemade favourites and everyone listened to German music whilst tucking in!
Nathan Dunleavy made the student population aware of the event over the student intercom, Colm Copse and Tomas Mc Carthy decorated the room, whilst the 3rd year girls took care of the cutlery. The 5th year girls were in charge of the tea, coffee and hot chocolate, whilst the boys set the table. A team effort all round!
We’re already planning and looking forward to next year’s breakfast!
There were huge cries of delight when the students of Desmond College walked into the RDS arena to see 5 awards pinned to their project displays.
Sophie Bridgeman, Fiona Barrow and Caoimhe Danaher received a ‘Display Award’ for their project entitled ‘Key Glow’. This project aims to assist the elderly in unlocking their doors at night when entering their homes.
At the other end of the arena a thrilled Cian Cremin and Seamus Hurley, inventors of the ‘Heavy Duty Hover Pad’ were ‘Highly Commended’ in their Junior Technology category. Their invention is capable of lifting significant weight that will allow for the safe and easy splitting of a tractor engine.
Also receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ and a ‘Display Award’ too, were senior students Martin Madden, Conor Barry and Peter Shanahan, whose ‘Self-Levelling Wheelbarrow’, designed with unique see-saw legs, provides extra stability on uneven ground. This project has sparked a lot of interest and offers from various people looking to buy it.
An ‘Investigation into the Life Cycle, Behaviour, Intelligence and Myths surrounding Crows’ proved to be a winner for Lisa Barrow and Orlaith Condon, who received a ‘Display Award’ for their amazing project on the Corvus Cornix or more commonly known as the Hooded Crow.
The exhibition, which is the largest of its kind in Europe, attracts huge media attention and was visited by thousands of people over it three day opening. The students of Desmond College, along with their teachers and parents, were delighted to have been so successfully involved with this competition. They also acknowledged and thanked the support they received from the local business community.
As the students returned to Limerick by bus late on Saturday evening, plans were already afoot for next years projects!
If you are visiting the Young Scientists Exhibition in the RDS, Dublin (January 9th – 12th, 2013)
here are the Desmond College Projects and their locations:
|Project Name||Category||Stand No|
|Intelligence of Crows||Biological||1602|
|Mirror, Mirror, what colour||Mathematical||3101|
|Heavy Duty Hover pad||Technology||4405|
|Omni Directional Battery||Technology||4407|
|Self Levelling Wheelbarrow||Technology||4605|
|Self Regulating Speed Ramp||Technology||4608|
|Sport = Achievement||2402|
Two TY students from Desmond College have made it through to the All Ireland Final of Junior Dragons’ Den to be shown on RTE in the new year. Desmond College is one of only 18 schools nationwide who have been chosen from hundreds who entered regional rounds over the last few weeks.
The competition run by RTE and Bank of Ireland went looking for young entrepreneurs from schools across Ireland to take part in the Junior Dragons’ Den. This search for some of the brightest minds in Irish secondary led them to two Desmond College students Steven Brosnan and Tom Flavin both in Transition year.
The boys, who have made a new screen wash for cars called F21-D, will get to pitch in front of the Dragons while being recorded by RTE for episode 9 and 10 of the very popular Dragons’ Den which is now onto series 5 and will be aired in April 2013.