Salters’ Festival of Chemistry

Salters’ Festival of Chemistry 2017

Salters’ Festival of Chemistry for 1st Year students took place in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday 6th May. The day involved two practical challenges, “The Salters’ Challenge” in the morning and “The University Challenge” in the afternoon. Over 20 schools took part. The Teresian School was represented by Iona Bi, Marcella Buono, Laura Perpelicinii and Saumia Suhinthan. The students had a fantastic day working in the Cocker Chemistry laboratory in TCD and the day ended with an exciting live Science show.

Congratulations to our students who represented the school so well!

STEM Club

We have had some extremely exciting events in STEM Club. The past three weeks have been run by our Sixth Years…

It began with a spectacular ‘Biology Bonanza’, held by Sibéal O’Briain. On the morning, we transformed the Green Lab into a real life operating room. We had to ‘scrub up’ in order to perform dissections on a frog and various hearts and kidneys.  It was great fun, and everybody enjoyed poking around the different parts of the dissections. Our Bonanza showcased all the intriguing aspects of Biology, which were very appealing to the younger years!

In our ‘Physics Phiesta’, co-ordinated by Tanya Suhinthan, we experimented with extreme physics. We had heat sensitive slime which changed colour in our own hands! We also had a liquid rainbow made from colourful sugar solutions, which the students used to design their own rainbow! Next there were mysterious magnets which moved all by themselves. Overall, the Phiesta was a great success and demonstrated just how exciting Physics can be!

Our Last STEM Club activity was our Chemistry Carnival run by Roisín McGrath. The carnival was filled with exciting experiments, which evoked thrill throughout everybody. We began with Elephant’s Toothpaste, an experiment that produces masses of foam, resembling an Elephant’s toothpaste tube being squeezed. Next we had a solution with went three different colours in a space of just two minutes. We also set fire to methane bubbles on Roisín’s hand, which was thrilling to watch. We had such a fantastic time experiment with fire, colours and various chemicals!

Our last three Stem Clubs were extremely enjoyable and we thoroughly enjoyed getting involved! We hope that everybody will come along in September and we encourage everyone to take part even for those that don’t take the sciences, STEM can be new and exciting.

6th Years

 

Scifest@School 2017

The Teresian School hosted its inaugural SciFest@School science fair on Wednesday 17th May. The school has brought projects to Scifest@College on many occasions but this is the first time SciFest has been held in the School.

All 1st and 2nd Year students took part, entering 27 projects in all. The fair was organised and overseen by Science teacher Rachel Hynes Roche. The participants were delighted to see Principals Rosaleen Doherty and Anthony Carty, teachers, Junior and Senior School students and many parents popping in to view the projects during the afternoon.

The projects were judged by a panel of four judges from outside the School including: Phil Smyth, Head of Public Engagement at Cool Planet Experience, broadcaster and Science Communicator; Dr Rachel Clarke, UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering; Dr Amanda Sosa, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering and SciFest representative Anne Lynch. The School is indebted to the judges for giving so generously of their time and expertise.

The judges were very impressed with the standard and variety of the projects and commended all the students for their efforts and enthusiasm, encouraging them to actively keep up their interest in Science.

Winners on the day were:

2nd Years First Prize: Lucozade vs Water
Anna Keane, Zara Lynch and Sophie Ritchie

2nd Years Runner up: An Acid Test for Tooth Decay
Caoimhe Egan and Kate McAlinden

1st Years First Prize: Is Plant Growth Affected by Different Types of Water?
Emma Bodley and Penny Caraher

1st Years Runner up: Water Intake – the Effect it has on our Well-being
Sarah Evans, Jenny Murphy and Eve Nolan

Best Experimental Design: Do People Prefer Salt and Vinegar Crisps with or without MSG?
Annabella Moloney and Luíse Stanley

In addition, each student received a SciFest@School certificate of participation.

Our first SciFest@School was a great success – congratulations to everyone involved!

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