Comórtas diospóireachta an Phiarsaigh
The Seismology in Schools programme , begun in 2007 as an educational Outreach Initiative run by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
More than seventy schools, colleges, universities and geoparks throughout Ireland participate in the seismic programme of monitoring strong earthquake activity from around the world. Recently Kilkenny College joined this programme and currently the seismometer is fully operational in the college. The seismometer will record and display large earthquake events from the other side of the world which the students will be able to see in real time.
The student enterprise awards were a wonderful success for Kilkenny College this year. All of the students entered the competition worked extremely hard to show off their business skills this year, by forming a mini-company to create a product which they can then sell. The students, had to write up a company report outlining all the market research, accounts and information about the product. Every team that took part did an exceptional job of presenting their product. There was an extremely wide variety of products on display which really showed off the students creativity. From, Brownie mix to Tree Ring Coasters there was quite an array of products on display by our young entrepreneurs.
Each student showed off his/her skills in marketing, production, design and use of technology to further their products. Each team had assembled a marketing campaign to get their product out there to potential customers, they also outlined the future plans for their companies and they were pretty exciting.
In the end, Liam Foot and Tom Donald won the 1st place prize in the Senior Category along with the prize for the Most Innovative product. Michael Cunningham came 3rd in the Senior Category of the competition.
All of the students who took part in the competition represented themselves and Kilkenny College to the highest standards and did an outstanding job on the day. The students have really achieved above and beyond what was expected from them. Kilkenny College had the most winners In the main category out of every other school. Liam and Tom are now going to represent Kilkenny in Croke park in Dublin.
This success wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Ms Atkinson and Mr Ashmore in coordinating and supporting the young entrepreneurs in their Economics and Business Studies classes.
In conclusion the amount of time and effort that went into not only assembling the product but marketing, design, manufacturing etc has been absolutely incredible. Each and every student that took part should be extremely proud of what they managed to do. I can safely say after seeing all of these amazing products I can now confirm that the future is in safe hands.
Well done to everyone who took part in the competition.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
What: TY inaugural Photography Exhibition.
When: Thursday 14thMarch 7pm
Where: Kilkenny College Dining Hall
Why: To raise funds for ‘JOHN NEEDS PEMBRO’
As part of our TY Photography long course we are running a photography exhibition to showcase the work undertaken during the course. We would like to invite friends and families to this exhibition where refreshments will be provided and the photographs will be for sale.
All proceeds (donations at the door) will go to the ‘JOHN NEEDS PEMBRO’ fund, in aid of John Holmes’ medical treatment. John has always been a strong supporter of Kilkenny College where both his children, Jonathan and Louise went to school.
John has an advanced metastic neo endocrine tumour, a high grade tumour similar to small cell lung cancer. His best chance of beating it is a course of injections of the immune inhibitor Pembrolizumab which is manufactured by MSD. Each injection will cost €5,111. The problem is that Pembrolizumab is not currently licensed by the HSE for John, so he is required to pay €5,111 (this includes VAT) in advance of each scheduled injection.
Further details can be found on http://johnneedspembro.com
Past pupil Dr. Robert Elmes returned to Kilkenny College this week with colleagues from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Trinity College Dublin to promote chemistry as an exciting subject to study at University. The ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ programme is a scientific outreach activity that demonstrates the practical use of analytical chemistry through hands-on experience where students can solve a murder mystery using state-of-the-art equipment such as IR Spectroscopy, UV-VIS Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry. Visiting over 150 schools nationwide annually, PhD researchers from 6 Irish Higher level institutions teach students the principles of spectroscopic techniques and demonstrate how chemical technologies can be useful to solve problems encountered in our daily lives. It is coordinated in Ireland by Dr. John O’Donoghue from the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin and is generously funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the Royal Society of Chemistry which ensures that it is freely available to schools.
Robert, who got his first experience of science at Kilkenny College under the tutelage of Mr. Tony Duncan (pictured), Ms. Valda Langrell and Mr. John Poyntz, was a member of the Class of 2003. After spending 8 years at Trinity College Dublin gaining a degree and PhD in Chemistry, Robert has travelled as far away as China and Australia promoting and conducting chemical research. Currently, he is a lecturer and researcher at Maynooth University where his research group are actively involved in cutting edge chemical research to develop new treatments and diagnostic techniques for disease.
The visit gave Ms Morris’(pictured) students an opportunity to gain an insight in to a career in science and ask questions on other career opportunities available. Overall, the workshop was highly successful with plenty of enthusiasm and engagement and a group of students who might well go on to become the next generation of top Irish scientists.