Science by Inquiry
In Scoil Mhuire we aim to encourage students to develop an interest in Science through an inquiry-based approach and hands-on activities.
What do we offer?
- Science as a core subject to all Junior Cycle students
- Choice of all three Science subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Leaving Certificate level
- TY ‘Project Science’ module: particular emphasis on researching and developing a project for In-house presentation, SciFest at CIT /BT Young Scientist Exhibition
- ‘SciMhuire’ Science Club : open to junior students. Mentored by 5th year students.
- Participation in in-house, local, regional and national competitions is actively encouraged.
Regular annual events include –
- Discovery Science at City Hall. (1st yr)
- Salters Festival of Chemistry at UCC (1st yr)
- Visit to BT Young Scientist Exhibition (1st yr)
- SciMhuire Science Club (1st and 2nd yr)
- SciFest at CIT / BT Young Scientist Exhibition (open to all year groups)
- ISTA junior and senior Science quiz. (3rd and 6th yrs)
- TY STEM Programmes. (4th yrs)
- Science Olympiad at DCU (4th, 5th and 6th yrs)
- Pfizer Chemistry quiz (6th yrs)
- UCC Physics, Engineering and Maths quiz. (6th yrs)
Discovery Science: This is an exhibition of hands-on science experiments, displays and workshops hosted by the City Hall in support of Science Week.
Salters Festival of Chemistry: this provides an opportunity for 4 enthusiastic science students to spend a day in UCC Chemistry Dept. and to experience the fun of practical chemistry. All students receive participation certificates and fun prizes. Team selection is based on the results of an in-house project competition.
SciFest: This is a one-day Science Fair hosted by CIT. The aim of the project is to encourage a love of science, technology and maths through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and to provide a forum for students at local, regional and national level to present and display their scientific investigations.
BT Young Scientist Exhibition: This is the final stage in the project competition which is open to all second level students from Ireland. As well as the display of qualifying projects there are a further four exhibition halls filled with science and technology based exhibits and entertainment making it an exciting event for those who enter and for general visitors as well.
SciMhuire Science Club: open to junior students. With the help of our 5th yr mentors, students have fun with science and ideas are developed into projects for entry into SciFest/BT Young Scientist Exhibition.
Science Quiz events: teams of 3-4 students, at junior/senior level, are invited to take part in these events. They provide a challenging night of entertainment and revision.
Science Olympiad: this is an annual invitation event held in DCU for those students who have minimally achieved an A-grade in Junior Certificate Maths and Science. Winners represent Ireland in an International Olympiad event.