Community College Students Win National Physics Competition

The Castleisland Community College team which won the Sophia Science Competition at University of Limerick. Included are: Jessica O’Loughlin, Currow; Teacher, Nancy O’Connor, Shaoirse Reidy, Castleisland and Shauna O’Keeffe, Scartaglin. ©Photograph: John Reidy

It wasn’t all just demonstrations and experiments during science week in Castleisland Community College.

Science Week 2019 proved very successful for the college this year as three junior cycle students came first in the Sophia Science Competition in the University of Limerick.

Potential Physics Students

The project examined the amount of potential physics students in the school once they completed the Junior Certificate.

The students found that the uptake for physics was less than other science subjects, especially among females in the school.

“This wasn’t a surprise for the three girls as the researched the Chief Examiners Report 2013 that showed only a third of students studying physics are female,” said teacher Nancy O’Connor.

Girls Got to Work

“The girls got to work and in a bid to promote physics in our school they organised a guest speaker with a background in the science.

“Alice Shannon, who is studying for her PhD in the University of Limerick came to our school to discuss her work and show us prototypes from her 3D printer,” Ms. O’Connor continued.

Building Digi-Wiz Cars

“The school also has a science club that has a main focus on physics related topics.

“At the moment, the students are building Digi-Wiz cars run on salt water and batteries.

“The girls were very happy to win first place in the competition and they hope to continue their campaign to promote physics in Castleisland Community College,” she concluded.

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