Science at BCS
In keeping with our mission statement of commitment to quality education in the Sciences from first to sixth year, the Science Department constantly endeavours to engage BCS students in a wide range of Science related extracurricular activities. As such, we have been actively involved in:
BT Young Scientists' and Technology Exhibition
Over the last 7 years the Science department and pupils of BCS have received the following accolades at the YSE:
We have won the Irish Patents Office special award for best invention at the YSE twice (2006 & 2010)
We have won the 2012 Science Foundation Ireland award
Two of our young scientists groups received placements on the inaugural BT Business of Science and Technology programme in 2010
Our Physics teacher, David King, won the Analog Devices Technology ‘Educator of Excellence’ award in 2008
At this regional Science competition, which began in 2008 at WIT, BCS students have dominated the event since its inception with awards including:
"National SciFest Champions and Irish team at the International Science and Engineering Fair 2012, USA"
On Friday 28th of October 2012, Blackwater Community School students Eoghan Flynn and Ruairi O'Neill made history by being the inaugural winners of the Scifest@Intel Grand Young Scientist Award to earn them a place at the world's largest young scientist event: the International Science and Engineering Fair in the USA next May.
Ruairi and Eoghan took the the main award with their project - 'Polyfuel - a novel solution to fuel shortages and disposal of ELPs. The boys designed a homemade, inexpensive and efficient apparatus which can convert end of life plastics (ELPs) into a usable fuel source, thereby solving problems associated with fuel shortages and the disposal of plastics. Using the apparatus they developed, Ruairi and Eoghan found that ELP fuel production can be done simply at home. Their vision is that this technology could be used in both the developed and developing worlds to help combat fuel shortages and reduce the amount of ELPs sent to landfill.
These BCS young scientists, along with the Sentinnus young innovator from Northern Ireland and the Intel award winner at the BT Young Scientist 2012 will form the Irish team that will exhibit at ISEF 2012 and compete for over $4m of prize money! Congratulations to Eoghan and Ruairi on their wonderful achievement. They have brought great honour to their school and families and will be wonderful Irish science ambassadors at ISEF 2012
European Space Centre: In 2009, the BCS Science Department/pupils were offered a placement at the European Space Centre in Luxembourg, which was attended by 40 our current and past Young Scientists and Science enthusiasts and members of the science department
We also regularly take students to the Robert Boyle exhibit at the Lismore Heritage centre and have partaken in a number of WIT CALMAST organised events for Science week.