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Y10 students try out a program at the Robotics Workshop - View Full Size Image
Y10 students try out a program at the Robotics Workshop
A Y13 student offers assistance to Y10 students at the Robotics Workshop - View Full Size Image
A Y13 student offers assistance to Y10 students at the Robotics Workshop
Y10 students get to grips with programming at the Robotics - View Full Size Image
Y10 students get to grips with programming at the Robotics
Y12 Physics students build a giant bubble around a Y8 student during Science Week - View Full Size Image
Y12 Physics students build a giant bubble around a Y8 student during Science Week
Y12 Physics students build a giant bubble around a Y8 student during Science Week - View Full Size Image
Y12 Physics students build a giant bubble around a Y8 student during Science Week
12/11/2010 SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE WEEK AT LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE

Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, held its annual Science Week from 8th-12th November, incorporating visits from partner schools and exciting, enjoyable learning experiences for all age-groups among the College’s students.

Primary 5 pupils from partner Primary Schools St John’s PS, Christie Memorial PS and St Malachy’s PS Coleraine, and St Colum’s PS Portstewart each spent time exploring the Environmental Trail in the Loreto grounds.  They were assisted on their explorations by Year 11 students and members of the Loreto College Biology Department, Mrs G Doherty, Mrs S McBroom and Mrs S Mullan.  All groups were lucky enough to explore the trail before the stormy weather took hold, and were able to admire the stunning autumn foliage on the Loreto campus.

There was a great variety of events for the College’s own students: all Year 10 Science classes took part in a tightly-contested wall display competition, with the aim of outlining the purpose and career possibilities for those studying ‘STEM’ subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  These displays were judged by a panel from among the Loreto teaching staff, on the basis of content, impact, literacy and design: all members of the judging panel were impressed by what they saw.  Other competitions on offer included a Scientific Limerick writing contest for Junior students, and a Scientific Wordle-design contest for Seniors: again, both competitions drew a large number of excellent entries.

Lunchtime demonstrations were available in turn in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with the Biology department offering fun with the College’s own pets, Chemistry offering exhibition experiments by teachers Mrs J Nugent and Miss M Flannelly producing dramatic results, and Physics offering the opportunity to see the creation of giant bubbles, led by Year 12 students along with teachers Mrs M Close and Mrs K Brolly: students and some particularly intrepid members of staff had the opportunity to become encased in these bubbles! 

From a Careers perspective, senior students were able to find out more about how their studies of Science subjects would be relevant to them in the world of work: Marine Biologist Mr Joe Breen gave a very informative talk about his field of expertise and how the various scientific disciplines contributed to it, while Dr Karen Mullan, a past pupil of Loreto College, talked to all A level Science students about a great variety of areas within the Medical profession.

Finally, the culmination of Science Week came with a Robotics Workshop for all Year 10 students: led by Sentinus, this workshop saw hands-on programming work which allowed the students to create and try out computer programs for a small robotic car.  Having learned the programming procedure, the students were then challenged to navigate the robot vehicles around a small track.

With all these activities proving very successful, and with high rates of student participation and enthusiasm, Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to all the members of staff who had organised the various events: Mrs Maeve Close (Head of Physics), Mr Frank Scullion (Head of Chemistry), Mrs Geraldine Doherty (Head of Biology), Mrs Sheila McBroom (Partner School Links Co-ordinator) and Mr Michael James (Specialist School Co-ordinator), along with all the members of the Science department. Mrs Maeve Close, who co-ordinated Science Week, paid tribute to all those who had helped run the events and to the students for their enthusiastic participation.