FUTURE SCIENCE & YOUNG SCIENTISTS EXHIBITION
Future Science & Computer Club: Future Science is a Transition Year elective that aims to allow students see the broad scope that Science involves. One could be forgiven for thinking that Science in particular, at times spends too much time on the accumulation of unusable and disjointed facts and not enough time on art of the search and problem solving both individually and collectively in groups. The goal of this program is never to be data for data sake but the skill of using data to solve problems, to spend our time learning how to think not what to think and encouraging students to become empowered to discover more about areas in which they are particularly interested. It aims:
• To encourage a greater appreciation of ‘science’, the scientific method its applications in the real world.
• To encourage and foster independent research and thinking by providing opportunities where students can explore areas of interest.
• To provide a challenging course which stretches beyond the restrictive constrains of leaving cert and junior cert curriculum and provided material which may stimulate interest in further study within the area of science.
• To study areas of research which are topical, new and are considered to be at the ‘cutting edge’ of developments in the scientific community.
• To provide an insight into the topics studied at leaving cert in the areas of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Computer Coding Club: was set up to help foster students interest in coding and computers. This year html5 coding was the main topic while next year it is hoped to look at Rasperry Pi. It is a student led club that meet once a week at lunch time in the general lab. Everyone is welcome no matter what level of experience.
Young Scientist and Scifest: Over 50 years ago the deep ties between the Young Scientist Exhibition and Terenure College were laid down when two people from the college, Fr. Tom Burke and Dr. Tony Scott set up the first ever exhibition While we may be unsure exactly what results they expected as they walked through the room in The Mansion House where 230 students exhibited, it is fair to say, though, that expansion into Africa would not have figured in any model conceived by the duo. The exhibition this year had 1,200 students with 550 projects participated and over 45,000 visitors. It received its highest ever entry numbers with over 2000 projects and further to that it has now spread to Tanzania!
Dr. Scott was a pupil of Terenure College. During his time in the college he was taught and mentored by Fr. Tom. Burke. The relationship continued beyond the college avenue, as the pair went on to work together as Physics researchers in UCD. It was while working together, researching in New Mexico, they derived the concept that would flourish into the exhibition we know today.
The strong links continue with college today– of particular note Young Scientist of the Year 2017 was awarded to our own Shane Curran!
Students from every year group are encouraged to enter a project in any of the categories – seek help from you teacher.
Science Club: Science Club meets weekly for 1st Years. We explore topics from our learning in science in more depth. In Science club we also get the opportunity to do unusual experiments from making fake snow using nappies to setting the teacher on fire with methane bubbles!! The club offers an opportunity to develop skills in science with many students gaining inspiration for their BT Young Scientist entries from the club.
Dissecting Medicine: This is a new TY Elective Module which give students an insight into the world of medicine. Not only do we look at the biological aspect by dissections and exploring the human body in more depth, we also look at the development of medicines and pharmacology as well as the impacts that engineers have in medicine by the technology they develop. This module is perfect for anyone with an interest in the sciences and looks how each area of science has applications in medicine.