Science week at Our Lady’s was a hive of activity with all kinds of weird and wonderful experiments and happenings. It provided students with many interesting and varied experiences. Science really came alive! This was all part of the Cavan Monaghan Science Festival which had organised a very varied and comprehensive programme to engage people of all ages and to promote awareness not only of the Science field but also of Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths areas.

Corinna McCormack & Dearbhla McQuaid consider their next move as they construct their piano playing harp, all part of Science Week in Our Lady’s

Fifth and Sixth Year Chemistry students got to see science in action when they got to use a UV-visible and infra-red spectrometer when they took part in a Royal Society of Chemistry Workshop entitled ‘Spectrophy in a Suitcase’. The students were shown how these instruments are used in identification and quantification of substances and how the results can be used to solve crimes. This was a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in using instruments that schools do not have access to. During the workshop the chemistry students were told about the huge variety of career opportunities open to chemistry graduates. They also got to hear from Trinity Phd students from Spain and India who spoke about their Phd projects and the many great experiences they have had as a result of studying chemistry at 3rd level.

On Friday afternoon 5th year chemistry, physics and music students took part in a hands-on workshop exploring MaKey MaKey. This cross-curricular activity allowed students to explore the connections between art and technology incorporating practical aspects of Science, technology, engineering, arts and maths as they invented their own musical instruments out of recycled material. The instruments ranged from a musical pizza to a piano playing harp to a musical fortune teller. It was a very enjoyable afternoon for all involved and a great example of how STEAM subjects can be explored in an innovative way.

On Friday morning TY biology and physics students organised a science quiz for all second year students. This brought an exciting and a very educational week of Science to an end and certainly left Senior students with much to think about!

Students are intrigued as 5th Year Chemistry student, Sally Moloney checks out the experiment observed by Luis, PHd student from Trinity College who took part in the workshop and spoke to the class about his PHd project and career opportunities open to Chemistry graduates.