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Y13 student Rory McCormick is encased in a giant soap bubble during a lunchtime demonstration - View Full Size Image
Y13 student Rory McCormick is encased in a giant soap bubble during a lunchtime demonstration
Some of the Y9 students who enjoyed a talk on Whales and Marine Mammals, by Alison Archer of the Countryside Centre, Portrush - View Full Size Image
Some of the Y9 students who enjoyed a talk on Whales and Marine Mammals, by Alison Archer of the Countryside Centre, Portrush
Science Teachers Mrs G. Doherty and Mr F. Scullion, who demonstrated the chemical formula for making instant ice cream  - View Full Size Image
Science Teachers Mrs G. Doherty and Mr F. Scullion, who demonstrated the chemical formula for making instant ice cream
Y13 Physics students encase a Y8 student in a giant soap bubble - View Full Size Image
Y13 Physics students encase a Y8 student in a giant soap bubble
Chemistry Teacher Mrs J. Nugent demonstrates a scientific experiment during Science Week - View Full Size Image
Chemistry Teacher Mrs J. Nugent demonstrates a scientific experiment during Science Week
15/11/2013 SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE WEEK AT LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE

Loreto College Coleraine held its annual Science Week in early November 2013, incorporating exciting, enjoyable learning experiences for all age-groups among the Collegeís students.

There was a great variety of events for the Collegeís 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 in environmental science. 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 Loreto Doodle contest for Junior students, led by the Loreto Art & Design Department, which drew a large number of excellent entries.† Meanwhile all Junior Science classes took part in fun activities such as building paper land yachts as an exploration of Physics, or taking a forensic scientistís approach to Chemistry.

Lunchtime demonstrations were available in turn in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with the Biology department offering an informative talk from a visiting speakers from the Countryside Centre, Portrush.† The Chemistry lab was full to capacity when Mr Frank Scullion† and Mrs Jane Nugent, ably assisted by Mrs Geraldine Doherty and Mrs Maja Johnston, demonstrated some exciting experiments, including creation of instant (and edible!) ice cream. In Physics the A level and GCSE students led demonstrations of person-sized soap bubbles to enthuse younger students, ably assisted by Physics teachers Mrs Maeve Close and Mrs Katrina Brolly.†

Also just before the start of Science Week, all Year 8 students from Loreto College, along with Year 13 Physics students, had the opportunity to take part in STEM Physics workshops on the topic of Forces and Energy, in the STEM module, which spent several days at Loreto College to facilitate this.† Launched in 2009, the STEM Module is a mobile laboratory and workshop equipped with everything required to deliver a state of the art learning experience to schools across the province.† The STEM module project is funded by the Department of Education and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, and managed by the North Eastern Education and Library Board. The students learned about the development of all kinds of flying machines from the first attempts at flying to the early rockets produced in China to modern day rockets launched to travel in space. They then had the opportunity to design and make their own rockets, learning how to optimise flight time and distance of travel of the rockets. The students thoroughly enjoyed this informative and innovative workshop, which developed both their understanding of the use of forces and motion and a highly competitive atmosphere as each student tried to maximise the flight of their rocket.† The Year 8 and Year 13 students and their teachers thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the STEM module and were enthusiastic about the learning experience it offered on such an interesting topic.

With all these activities proving very successful, and with high rates of student participation and enthusiasm, Mr Michael James, 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 (Head of Junior Science) and all the members of the Science department. Mrs Maeve Close and Mrs Katrina Brolly, who co-ordinated Science Week, paid tribute to all those who had helped run the events and to the students for their enthusiastic participation.