Science Week 2022 ran from Nov. 14th – 18th and it saw a jam-packed week of activities enjoyed by students in Our Lady’s Bower. Second Years kicked the week off with a quiz based around the Junior Cycle Course. Students worked together to tackle questions on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Space. Congratulations to the winning teams. First place – Lucy Allen, Chloe Bruce, Nicole Carberry and Megan McCormack. Second place – Kari Brady, Aoibhinn Fallon, Anna Kinahan and Saoirse O’Driscoll. Third place – Julia Fiedorowicz, Amy Keegan, Sadhbh Nash and Gia Rodrigues.

Transition Years enjoyed two workshops during the week. Forensic Fun allowed the girls to engage with some of the techniques used in forensic science to solve crimes. They carried out an investigation into the assassination of JFK, using ballistic, gun-shot residue and fingerprint records and autopsy reports. This interactive session allowed the girls to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills and they really enjoyed the process. A Digital Futures workshop with Connecting Women in Technology also took place. The workshop was facilitated by Alex Dowling from Advanced Micro Devices. CWIT and the Digital Futures programme raises students’ awareness of the diverse range of career opportunities in STEM. TYs also enjoyed a visit to 3M. They enjoyed a site tour, received a career talk, and saw a product demo. Thank you to the staff of 3M for hosting our students on the day.

OLB also hosted 304 students from local primary schools for the annual STEAM for Fun event. TYs planned, organised, and ran the day’s activities, which saw 6th class students move between five STEAM-based activity stations. Ericsson also joined us for the day and worked with the primary students in the technology station. Thank you to Barbara Quinn and the Ericsson team. A special Athlone Community Radio outside broadcast also took place. Thank you to ACR for giving our students the opportunity to interview their STEM teachers and find out about their journey to the classroom. They discovered the variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses their teachers completed and the experience they may also have built up in the private sector, before joining the teaching profession. Thank you to the students and teachers from Clonbonny, Coosan, Cornamaddy, Scoil na gCeithre Maistri, St Peter’s and St Mary’s for joining us and OLB hopes you had lots of fun.