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A Level Chemistry students Hannah McMullan and Emma Mullan enjoying their Chromatography workshop - View Full Size Image
A Level Chemistry students Hannah McMullan and Emma Mullan enjoying their Chromatography workshop
Y10 students enjoying their workshop in the STEM Module - View Full Size Image
Y10 students enjoying their workshop in the STEM Module
Y10 students enjoying their STEM Module workshop - View Full Size Image
Y10 students enjoying their STEM Module workshop
Mr F. Scullion (Head of Chemistry) demonstrating an experiment during Science Week - View Full Size Image
Mr F. Scullion (Head of Chemistry) demonstrating an experiment during Science Week
Mrs M. Close, Head of Physics, demonstrates two ‘Magic Moments’ during Science Week - View Full Size Image
Mrs M. Close, Head of Physics, demonstrates two ‘Magic Moments’ during Science Week
14/11/2014 STIMULATING SCIENCE WEEK AT LORETO COLLEGE COLERAINE

Loreto College Coleraine held its annual Science Week in early November 2014, incorporating exciting, enjoyable learning experiences for all age-groups among the College’s students.

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 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, as well as a Poster Competition to encourage recycling, open to all students in Year 8-12.

Lunchtime demonstrations were available in turn in Chemistry and Physics.  The Chemistry lab was full to capacity when Mr Frank Scullion, Miss Maria Flannelly and Mrs Jane Nugent, ably assisted by Year 12 students Jamie Neill and Cathaoir McKay, demonstrated some exciting experiments based around the theme of Magic. Meanwhile, Physics teachers Mrs Maeve Close and Mrs Katrina Brolly, assisted by  A level and GCSE students, led demonstrations on the theme of ‘Magic Moments’, exploring forces and gravity to enthuse younger students.

In addition to this, a group of Year 10 students, along with Year 14 Chemistry students, had the opportunity to take part in STEM Chemistry workshops in the STEM module. 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.  Year 14 Chemistry and Biology students carried out an experiment in Thin-Layer Chromatography, determining the ingredients of well-known painkillers, an experience they found both educational and enjoyable.

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, who co-ordinated Science Week, paid tribute to all those who had helped run the events and to the students for their enthusiastic participation.