We were delighted to welcome PhD student Julianne Kealy to Dominican College today to speak to all our 3rd Years on climate change. Julianne is also the daughter of our Librarian and Geography teacher, Ms. Martina Kealy and she has given talks in Europe and America on her PhD findings. We were thrilled that she developed a lecture and Q&A session to suit our 3rd Years.
The 3rd Years have just finished studying and undertaking projects on conservation and human impact on the environment, and so we felt that they were best suited for the lecture. Aided by a great powerpoint display showing the effects of climate change as well as some statistical analysis showing the rise in temperature and it's current and future effects was an eye-opener.
All students should have picked up on some life long skills that can help minimise climate change.
Some of our 5th Year students used Tarsia puzzles today for the first time. Tarsia puzzles are a fun and engaging way to study, learn and revise any topic. We printed off a series of questions and answers on coloured paper. These were then randomly put on a series of squares and triangles by the software package and students had to combine a question and answer side by side (as shown in the picture).
'Plant Power' is new to the Festival of Farming and Food - SFI Science Week at Teagasc this year. The theme of this event is ‘the importance of plant breeding in sustainable food production’. All our 6th Year students were given the opportunity to go to the Botanic Gardens to see local food producers showcase locally-grown sustainably-produced food. There was also an introductory lecture by Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director, National Botanic Gardens, on plant breeding in food production; interactive lab sessions looking at how biological control agents can be used to control plant pests in an environmentally-friendly way and our students learned how salads can be produced out of season using trolley plant propagators.
It was an action packed afternoon and all the girls had the unique opportunity to visit the National Herbarium, which is not usually open to the general public. They got to see the rare valuable collection of preserved plant specimens from around the world.
We hope that this experience will help our students appreciate the efforts of our horticulturists and help garner an insight into the L.C. Biology botany course.
On Monday, Ms. Gillivan's 1st Year classes walked to Dublin City University to listen to performer Jon Chase cover the 'Science of Star Wars'. Star Wars is a fantastic feat of science fiction and fantasy. Many marvel at the variety of creatures and technology and the mystery behind the force but how much of the Star Wars world is rooted in reality? The students learned about the vastness of our Galaxy and the Universe; the scientific facts behind space travel; the speed of light; mind control; where extra terrestrial life could exist and what alien intelligent life forms could look like. A number of students were invited up to assist in some of the experiments in this interactive demonstration lecture.
Speaking to over 1000 second level students and teachers in the Helix during his visit to Dublin City University on Monday, 12th November 2018, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, gave our 5th and 6th Year Physics students an insight into his experiences on the STS-126 Endeavour, including video footage showing the effects of gravity on simple activities such as eating, drinking, moving and exercising. He described the process of changing in and out of the cumbersome spacesuit used in spacewalks and showed the effects of weightlessness on the ability to carry out simple tasks.
Col Kimbrough spent almost a total 13 hours on spacewalks, during which he carried out repair work on the exterior surface of the space station. Other highlights of his mission included expanding the living quarters of the space station to eventually house six-member crews by delivering a new bathroom, kitchenette, two bedrooms, an exercise machine and a water recycling system. STS-126Endeavour returned to Earth after completing 250 orbits in over 6 million miles.
Emma Rowlette was highly commended on her excellent question about space debis and all the girls were fascinated with the lecture (they thought it was out of this world!)