Transition year in Our Lady’s Bower offers many activities to stimulate the girls’ interest in science. This term they have enjoyed talks on Astronomy and the exciting new discipline of Nanoscience, field trips to Clara Bog and Doora woods and a number of students had work experience in the Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin.

The school is very proud of Caroline Kinsella who is just back from Iran where she represented Ireland in the World Science Olympiad. Six groups of TY students have had their projects accepted for exhibition at the BT Young Scientist competition in Dublin in January. Last Tuesday the class was able to experience the wonders of the cosmos without having to leave the school at all. Skydome, Ireland’s digital mobile planetarium, set up in the school gym and presented the girls with a full 360 degree view of the night sky at ten o’clock in the morning. Derek Baugh, Astronomer, kept the girls enthralled with an immersive experience of astrophysics which was both entertaining and educational. They learned how to navigate by the night sky and to identify the visible planets at night as well as having comets, asteroids, constellations and even the signs of the Zodiac explained in a wonderful audio visual experience.