Monday, April 29, 2013

TY - Talk on Science of the Brain

Many thanks to Dr.Keith Murphy (the incumbent head of the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences) who gave an extremely informative and educational talk to our Transition Year group last thursday. The theme of the talk was on the Science of the Brain. Topics covered included how the brain works, effects of drugs on the developing brain, neurological diseases and current research into prevention of Alzheimer's Disease.

Friday, April 26, 2013

LC - Ecology

5th Year Homework. Watch this over weekend and be able to discuss 3 pieces of information for Monday.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

JC - Speed, Velocity and Acceleration

Hi Second Years. Please have a look at this video out and click here to answer some relevant questions.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SciFest 2013

Here are a list of examples of Magh Ene student entries to SciFest 2013.For further information on each investigation go to the Scifest page on this blog or otherwise you can click here. Stay posted for updates from other projects

Students and their Investigations

1. Eimear Colreavy, Rozarah Glenane and Laura Russell
   A Study into the effect of colour on heat/light absorption

2.Jack Ronayne and Radek Wymentowski
  Stealth Shapes: Which 3D geometric shapes scatter light the most

3. Daithi McGloin and David Kerrigan
  A Study into the effect of bridge design on weight bearing capacity

4. Aron Jones and Orin McGann
  A Study into the effect of peppermint on human speed reaction tests

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

JC - Fun Science Workshop

Many thanks to Mr John Daly (retired chemistry teacher, Blackrock College) and his wife Deirdre for their exciting Science Workshop which they delivered to our 1st and 2nd years last Monday. A wide variety of experiments were demonstrated with some memorable results.

 Here is a clip form the presentation showing "Catalysis of Hydrogen Peroxide to form Oxygen gas"
(using some washing up liquid to give some excellent visuals!!!)


 Some of the other experiments were
  • Sublimation of Dry Ice and the resulting effects on pH (with good visual effect)
  • Combining Oxygen and Hydrogen gas to form liquid water (with good sound effect)
  • The 'Whoosh' bottle (vapourisation of methanol)
  • The effect of liquid Nitrogen on Air Pressure in a balloon
  • and many more.....(see pictures below)

Monday, April 22, 2013

JC - Revision of Digestion and Enzymes

LC - Mind Maps on Flowering Plants

5th Yr Biology: Mind Map on Flowering Plants for Wednesday
Here is an example from 5th year 2012 to get you started

LC - Cohesion Tension Model

Here are 2 intersesting clips to illustrate the Cohesion-Tension Model proposed by Dixon and Joly

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013