Space Dome Lands at CCS

Space Dome Pic

Tuesday, 21st January marked the touchdown of the Exploration Dome at Carndonagh CS. Presenter Martin explained Galileo’s findings and his invention of the telescope. He also described the difference between an asteroid and a comet. Students were challenged on their knowledge of why Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet. A video called ‘Dynamic Earth – Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine’ directed by Liam Neeson was shown, explaining the harmful effects of pollution on our Earth’s life support system, global climate and what ruined our sister planet Venus. That was followed by a dive below the ocean surface into a swarm of microscopic organisms that hold the key to our climate: Diatoms, Radiolarians, copepods and colourful octopus larvae, before rubbing shoulders with an enormous Humpback Whale displayed on the 360° screen. It was an afternoon enjoyed by all. Thanks to Mr. Curran in the Science Dept. for organising the event.

First Year Trip to BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Science Expo 2019

Young Scientist Exhibition photo album

On Thursday, 9th January, thirty of our First Year pupils, along with Mr. Peter White, Mrs. Marie-Therese Doherty, Mr. Sean Curran and Mrs. Ellen Bower attended the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS in Dublin. Pupils got to see Science projects by pupils from all around the country. They had fun activities such as getting to sit in the back of a Garda van and being on camera with RTE. One group of pupils took part in the 'Science of Break-dancing Workshop' and another group took part in the 'Irish Aid Drumming Workshop'. The pupils asked lots of questions, were well behaved and had a good day out.

Dissection, Rockets & Dragon's Breath - Science Week 2019

Science Week 2019

Science Week 2019 photo album

Students celebrated Science Week 2019 beginning Monday, 11th November. The week produced a wonderful, fun-filled and exciting science extravaganza. The students enjoyed different workshops throughout the week, allowing them to develop their science skills and hopefully sparking an interest in a Science career. Workshops involved dissection of a fish with Mr White, designing and creating model rockets and a demonstration of Dragons breath with Mr Curran, which the students thoroughly enjoyed.

Mr Curran also organised a Climate Change poster competition.

Competition winners are listed below;
1. Debbie Doherty 2B - Titled: There is no planet B.
2. Clodagh Farren 3A - Titled: The world is the apple of our eyes.
3. Caitríona Nolan 1A - Titled: Save our oceans.

Well done to all competition winners!

Caití Farren Receives Naughton Scholarship

Caiti Farren Naughton 2019

Congratulations to past-pupil, Caití Farren who has been awarded a 2019 Naughton Scholarship. This award is given to exceptional students in recognition of outstanding effort in the study of Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths at 3rd level. Caití is currently studying Biomedical Science. In all, 36 scholarships were awarded nationwide with at least one bursary allocated to each county. Not only did Caití receive a scholarship for the duration of her studies, but Carndonagh CS also received €1000 towards the advancement of Science in the school. Congrats once again to Caití and family. We have no doubt that she will continue to excel throughout her college life and beyond.

VEX Robotics Competition 2019

Robotics 2019

On Friday 29th April, CCS students took part in the VEX Robotics Competition held in LYIT. Nine schools from Donegal took part, with twelve teams in total as two schools had teams entered with robots sponsored by FinTech companies. There were twenty-four matches in the heat stage which CCS won! Sadly, CCS were knocked out in the semi-final by a crafty Letterkenny team who trapped the CCS robot for the majority of the match. The team worked hard building and coding the robot since December and planning their strategy. Well done to the boys for a fantastic achievement! Construction team members were: David McGonigle 5C, Dean Grant 5F, Tony Diver 5D, Ronan Kelly 5B, Conor Doherty 5C and Paul McGonigle 5E. Coding team: Dean Grant 5F and Lorcan Smith TYF. The driver on the day was David, who did brilliantly as did the entire team.

Category Third for Ciara at Young Scientist Exhibition

Ciara Gilmore Young Scientist

Congratulations to Second Year pupil Ciara Gilmore who achieved third place in her category at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin. Ciara's project - Will White Wine Remove Red Wine Stains From Clothing? - made the top three in the individual Chemical, Physical & Mathematical section. Her proposal to investigate the reaction which occurs when white wine is rubbed into a red wine stain clearly impressed the judges, who had 550 projects to choose from on the day. It takes great dedication and commitment to achieve such a result and we hope that Ciara's success will encourage future young scientists in CCS. Well done Ciara!