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Science Club

Ava McGurk (Year 10) was awarded 1st place in the Junior Social & Behavioural Sciences category of the BT Young Scientist competition. Ava's project was the only one from a school in NI to be awarded 1st place in a category, and so St Dominic's was also awarded Best Overall School in Northern Ireland. Ava's project was about how external factors influence people's perception of taste.

Ava McGurk travelled to Atlanta, Georgia USA as part of the Broadcom Masters International exchange programme. She took part in number of STEM development activities with students from around the world.

Year 9 pupils Shirly Sherene Kirubasharan, Emily Fanning, Amy Conliffe, Rachel Duffy, Aoibheann Donnelly, Sarah Hassett, and Neala Dobbin, entered the All-Ireland 2021 ReelLIFE Science Video competition. The girls had to make a 3-minute video to explain a scientific concept, and the two groups made excellent productions on the Coke and Mentos experiment and methods of making salts. Both videos were highly commended by the judges for their creativity.

Science Club has returned on a Thursday afternoon for Year 8s and the students have definitely enjoyed themselves. They have made their own salt crystal Christmas decorations and had fun competing to see how big they could grow gummy bears. They have made their own rain clouds in a jar and lava lamp also. Year 13 students also had fun helping out with Science Club and were even able to have their own investigations as well while helping others.

20 Year 10 Pupils are currently working towards their Crest Bronze awards for STEM research. They are carrying out a range of research on topics varying from fingerprint analysis, study techniques, and placebo effect.

8E recently attended W5 for a Royal Institute lecture on energy “We have the power”. They thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Some of our year 14 Biologists recently attended a zoom talk on inspirational role models which was organised by ALMAC.

Congratulations to Year 14 chemistry student, Elena Hardiman who achieved silver in the recent RSC Chemistry Olympiad competition

A-level pupils took part in the Intermediate Biology Olympiad. Well done to Elena Hardiman (Silver), Zara McGarry, Megan McGoldrick and Cara Doherty (Bronze), Niamh O Connor (highly Commended) and Sorcha McGarry (commended)


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