Science

Earth and Space Workshop

December 21, 2017

On Tuesday 12th December 2017, our 1st 2nd and TY students were involved in an Earth and Space workshop which consisted of hands-on, interactive activities which explored Space and how it affects our life here on Earth.

The Solar System, motion of planets and moons, Stars, Rockets, Human Space Exploration, day and night and seasons was all explored with the students which really sparked an interest in all things cosmic for them.


December 2017: Earth and Space Workshop
Lauren Ambrose participating in the Earth and Space Workshop.


December 2017: Earth and Space Workshop
Kellie Griffin and Nikita Lysaght participating in the Earth and Space Workshop.


December 2017: Earth and Space Workshop
Some 2nd Year students participating in the Earth and Space Workshop.

Primary Science Fair

December 5, 2017

Desmond College are currently working with the Courtenay Boys school along with a number of other Primary Schools in West Limerick to put together a project for the Primary Science Fair taking place in January 2018.


Desmond College students working with primary school students to put together a project for the Primary Science Fair in January 2018
Students from the Courtenay Boys School performing experiments in Desmond College in preparation for the Primary Science Fair.


Desmond College students working with primary school students to put together a project for the Primary Science Fair in January 2018
Students from the Courtenay Boys School performing experiments in Desmond College in preparation for the Primary Science Fair.

First Year Students making models of the Milky Way

December 4, 2017


First Year Students working on their models of the solar system
First Year Students working on their models of the solar system.


Martin Campbell, Emma O Shea, Ryan Moloney and Alzbeta Barisova making their Milky Way models
Martin Campbell, Emma O Shea, Ryan Moloney and Alzbeta Barisova making their Milky Way models.


Eoin Naughton-Powell, Nathan Shanahan, Gavin Ryder and Adam Leen with their model of the Milky Way.
Eoin Naughton-Powell, Nathan Shanahan, Gavin Ryder and Adam Leen with their model of the Milky Way.

Limerick’s Science Tradition is Celebrated at BT Launch
(Limerick Leader)

September 14, 2017

Sept 2017: Photo from Limerick Leader
THE 2018 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition was officially launched in Limerick this Monday, as the deadline for entrants approaches.

The BTYSTE launch was held in Limerick this year following a significant increase in entrants from the city and county last year.

“Limerick has always had a proud history of entering the exhibition, but last year the entries rose by 25 percent,” said Shay Walsh, managing director of BT Ireland.

“There’s a proud tradition of participation from schools like Castletroy College, Crescent College Comprehensive, Desmond College, to name but three, and the success of the two past winners from Limerick, Donald McDonnell and Patrick Collison,” he said. read more >>

Enquiring Minds Attend RDS Primary Science Fair at MIC

January 31, 2017


Jan 2017: Students from Killoughteen National School, Newcastle West at the 2017 RDS Primary Science Fair (Picture: Sean Curtin)

“This is actually very simple for a project that saves lives,” Julianne O’Connor from Killoughteen NS, in Newcastle West, explained.

Their homemade handheld fire extinguishers, a joint effort between the school’s fifth and sixth classes and their teachers, are made using products you would easily find in the kitchen.

“We all know that vinegar is an acid, and we all know that baking soda is a base, and bases and acids do not mix. It causes a chemical reaction,”said fifth class girls Julianne, Lucy Hennessy, Aisling Sexton and Kate Foley.

The trials to find the optimum mixture of the two ingredients made for some explosive results, and the pupils learned how to take safety precautions when dealing with chemicals.

Nevertheless, the youngsters were provided with some science safety gear by nearby Desmond College … read the full article >>

Science Week in Desmond College

November 25, 2016

2016 marks the 21st year of Science Week; a national, annual event that celebrates the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). To celebrate Science Week, Desmond College participated in a number of events.

 

ISTA Science Quiz

Nov 2016: Ciara Manning, Alanna Slater and Siún Ní Cheallaigh who participated in the ISTA Science Quiz as part of Science Week
Ciara Manning, Alanna Slater and Siún Ní Cheallaigh who participated in the ISTA Science Quiz as part of Science Week.

Nov 2016: Emily Duffy, Niamh Liston and Diarmuid Curtin who participated in the ISTA Science Quiz as part of Science Week
Emily Duffy, Niamh Liston and Diarmuid Curtin who participated in the ISTA Science Quiz as part of Science Week.

 

Step into Science Project in Association with the University of Limerick

As part of Science Week, 1st Year students participated in Science debates.

A distinct feature of Science is its reliance on evidence to justify claims. A new development in the Junior Cycle Science Specification highlights the significance of communication of evidence and justification in Science.

In light of this, pupils in Desmond College are participating in the “Step into Science” project which aims to develop their research, analysis and communication skills.

 

Second Year Students explore the Science Behind Bubbles in the University of Limerick

November 2016: The Bubble Show at the University of Limerick
The bubble show at the University of Limerick.

Nov 2016: Desmond College Limerick second year student participates in the Science Bubble Show in UL
Dylan O Shea participates in the Science Bubble Show.

First Year students attend SciFest 2016 in LIT

May 6, 2016

A very successful day was had in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competition. Desmond College was well represented with a fantastic group of first year students.

All the students displayed their work, but it was Kayla McMahon who won big with 2nd overall in Technology and she also won the Intel award.


May 2016: First Year Students Kayla McMahon representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competition won 2nd overall in Technology and she also won the Intel award.


May 2016: First Year Students representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competitionMay 2016: First Year Students representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competition


May 2016: First Year Students representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competition


May 2016: First Year Students representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competitionMay 2016: First Year Students representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competitionMay 2016: First Year Students representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competition


May 2016: First Year Students representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competition


May 2016: First Year Students representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competitionMay 2016: First Year Students representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competitionMay 2016: First Year Students representing Desmond College in LIT at the 2016 SciFest competition

Desmond College meets NASA Scientist

April 15, 2016

Students of Desmond College and Gaelcholáiste Uí Chonbá were guests of Intel on Thursday the 7th April in their Shannon office.

There they met with Intel staff and Amber Gell who is an American engineer and STEM education advocate who specialises in human performance in extreme environments.

April 2016: Desmond College students pictured with Amber Gell American Engineer with NASA

Amber is currently part of the team building and testing the Orion Spacecraft, the Multipurpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), NASA’S new spacecraft for Deep Space Exploration that will be used to take humans to the Moon, Asteroids, Mars, and beyond.

Desmond College 6th Year Biology Students
Get Up Close and Personal with Nature

October 17, 2015

October 2015: Desmond College 6th Year Biology Students get up Close and Personal with Nature October 2015: Desmond College 6th Year Biology Students get up Close and Personal with Nature

Transition Year Students Putting The Finishing Touches on Their Projects for the Chain Reaction Conference at the University of Limerick

March 19, 2015

Desmond College is one of only six schools in Ireland who are participating in the Chain Reaction Project currently being run by the University of Limerick. The projects aims to develop critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills amongst students. The students will attend the National Conference on the 19th March where they will present their project about “The story Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge”. The winning group will enjoy a trip to Germany.

Desmond College Transition Year Students putting the finishing touches on their projects  for the Chain Reaction Conference at the University of Limerick

Transition Year students in Desmond College Get an Insight into “A Day in the Life of a Scientist”

February 18, 2015

Transition Year students in Desmond College pictured with Blathin Casey and Laura Comber, both PhD students in the University of Limerick’s Clinical Therapies Department.

Transition Year students in Desmond College pictured with Blathin Casey and Laura Comber, both PhD students in the University of Limerick’s Clinical Therapies Department.

Working as a Scientist … Transition Year Talk

February 9, 2015

Blathin Casey and Laura Comber, both PhD students in the University of Limerick’s Clinical Therapies Department will visit Desmond College on Thursday 12th Feb @11.30am. They will speak with the Transition Year students about what it is like to work as a scientist. The transition year students will then present research they carried out about ‘The Science behind the Ice Bucket Challenge”. We look forward to an informative session.

Students Enjoy Forensic Science Day

October 13, 2014

Meet our First Year Biologists!!

September 17, 2014

Students from Ms Gemma Buicke Science Class in Desmond College Making 3D Animal Cells Students from Desmond College First Year Classes Fionn and Fidelma Making 3D Animal Cells in Science Class September 2014 Desmond College Students from Rang Fionn and Rang Fidelma Making 3D Animal Cells for Ms Gemma Buicke's Science Class 2014 - 2015 Desmond College First Year Students (2014-2015) making 3D Animal Cells in Science Class Desmond College First Year Student in Science Class Desmond College Rang Fionn and Rang Fidelma 3D Animal Cells.

Rang Fionn and Rang Fidelma are out to impress with their fantastic 3D animal cells.

From balloons to jelly –  it’s fair to say that no kitchen cupboard is safe anymore!

Well done Rang Fionn and Rang Fidelma for your hard work in science class with Ms. Gemma Buicke.

Desmond College First Year Biologists!