A device that projects a temporary cycle lane to warn road users of the space they need to leave for cyclists is vying to win an entrepreneur award run by the State’s network of local enterprise offices.
Cycle Safe 2000, which is competing in the senior category, is a project from Breda Magner (16), Evan Condon (16) and E’ueonn Ferron (16) from Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co Limerick.
The product the students have developed involves a device that attaches to a saddle and projects a temporary bicycle lane at the back of a moving bicycle to alert approaching vehicles.
Students from Desmond College were amazed to find a crime scene on Monday following a weekend teacher training course!!! Easter Eggs belonging to students were all eaten and the wrappers left behind! Students spent the week solving the mystery as part of their French classes- all clues were written in French, clues were left around the school ( but all in French!). They had to carry out interviews using their French language skills. It was a fun filled and exciting week for all involved – and the CSI crime was solved!!!
by 1st years Leanne Byrnes, Sarah Aherne, Melanie O’Sullivan,
Emma O’Shea and Lucy Flaherty
by Aine Murphy
“Cycle Safe 2000”
by Evan Condon, Breda Magnet and E’ouenn Feron
The Fairtrade Awards Ceremony was held in Limerick City and County Council Chamber, Dooradoyle, on Tuesday 6th March 2018 where Desmond College student Alan Wallace was presented with his award.
Also in attendance was the Mayor of Limerick, a guest from Fairtrade Ireland and a guest speaker Juliet Arke Mensah.
Emma O’Shea, Lauren Ambrose and Áine Murphy.
Winners of the Junior Category at the PE Expo with their project, “Power of Sport”.
Well done, girls!
Well done to Ronan Mullane and Jack Corkery
who won “Best Business Project” at the PE Expo in Dublin!!
Well done to all the Desmond College students
who attended the PE Expo in Dublin, with their projects!
And thanks to teachers: Ms. A. Ryan and Ms. Mulcahy who accompanied the students to Dublin and helped with projects the past few weeks.
Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Presentations took place on Monday 26th February 2018.
Presentations were made by Year Head, Ms. Caroline O’Grady, and Principal, Ms. Vourneen Gavin Barry.
The students certificate reports on their achievements in the state exams, classroom based assessments and other areas of learning.
This profile of achievement is a formal recognition of the vast range of learning and skills acquired outside the classroom on extracurricular activities and on engagement with co-curricular learning.
Jack O’Connor and Diarmuid Curtin, past pupils of Desmond College, Newcastlewest won the Science for Development Award for the project that best addressed a development challenge facing communities in poorer regions of the world.
The boys designed hand-held seed-planting device for use in Third World Countries.
Jack and Diarmuid received the Irish Aid sponsored €5,000 travel bursary for the seed planter which they designed to save both time and labour, and bring precision to seed planting.
As part of their prize, they will join a group of 20 students and teachers from across Ireland on a schools study visit to Malawi with Gorta-Self Help Africa in February.
Diarmuid Curtin and Jack O’Connor with their handheld seed planting device.
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a cutting edge, world recognised, youth entrepreneurship education and development programme. It is managed and provided by Foróige in Ireland and is affiliated to NFTE International. The NFTE programme originated in the USA and was brought to Ireland in 2004.
Eight businesses from all over Ireland were involved in the recent NFTE International Business Plan Competition, which took place in the Dechert office in Dublin. The young people applied, and were selected, to pitch their business in front of a panel of judges.
The three judges were Killian Buckley and Geraldine Gleeson, who represented basis.point along with Karen Hannify of Foróige.
Kone Kollector, who created a product for collecting and picking up plastic cones used in sports and recreation centres, were chosen as the winners of the competition.
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney, of Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, are the founders of the business. They will now go on to represent Foróige NFTE in New York at the Global Showcaser in March, 2018.
Meanwhile, the CET (Certified Entrepreneurship Trainer) of the Year Award has been won by Donal Enright, a teacher at Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.
This is the first time since its introduction to Ireland that both students and teacher awards were won by a single school.
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney with their winning Kone Kollecter project.
On Wednesday the 13th of December 2017, Ms Liston’s second year business students and 5th Year LCVP students ran a very festive Christmas market. Hot chocolate, treats, crafts competitions and games were on offer.
Mr Shields together with a group of first year students in rang James ran a very successful Christmas card mini enterprise. All money collected is being donated to the Mid West Simon Community.
Alan Wallace and Kalon O’Brien with Christmas cards they designed for the Christmas Market.
Ms O’Connor getting into the festive spirit on Christmas Market Day in Desmond College.
Aislinn Walsh and Amy Ryan during Christmas Market day in Desmond College.
Katelyn O’Sullivan, Edward O’Brien, Aaron Enright, Clodagh Flatley and Lydia Murphy with the Christmas card they designed as a mini enterprise.
John English and Jason Corbett feeling very festive during Christmas Market Day.
Dylan Moloney & Thomas Curtin, two 5th year students in Desmond College with their invention “Height Adjustable Crutch” won The Berlin Long Night of Science Award Trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip for the winning student(s) and their teacher to attend the Long Night of Science in Berlin in June 2018.
Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The student’s project is an innovative crutch that can be adjusted using a gas powered cylinder to enable the user get into and out of a seating position more easily, thus reducing the potential of further injury.
The two Desmond College, students from Newcastle West invented this product when Dylan injuring his leg in a soccer match. They enhanced their product by including additional features such as a cup holder, the device comes with a useful instruction manual translated into five other European languages.
The students also received an award from Boston Scientist for their invention, they had previously won both the Boston Scientific and Abbot awards at the regional Sciefest finals held in LIT last May, organised by LIT, Scifest and Marie Walsh.
At the finals held in Dublin, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said:
“We live in a rapidly changing world and our education system must respond by equipping our young people with the skills and knowledge to thrive in such an environment.
That is why I have placed such an emphasis on the teaching and learning of STEM in my role as Minister, as part of my overall ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe within a decade.
Indeed, I will shortly launch a comprehensive STEM plan which will outline how my Department proposes to ignite a passion for the STEM subjects in all students.
The STEM subjects are crucial for equipping our young people with creativity, adaptability, problem-solving and critical thinking– skills which are so important for their future.
SciFest is an excellent initiative that supports and enhances what we are trying to do at a government level and I am very impressed by the standard of projects displayed here today and the amount of work that students and of course, teachers and parents have put in to each and every one.”
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney at the SciFest National Finals
Dyan Moloney Sheila Porter (CEO SciFest), Thomas Curtin, Richard Bruton (Minister for Education and Science) and George Porter (SciFest)
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney with Dr Jennifer Cleary presenting the Night of Science Award
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney receiving their Award from Richie O Sullivan