Do you have an idea for a science project? Why not enter the BT Young Scientist Competition that takes place in January 2015. You need to be quick though. There are only 16 days left until the closing date for entries!
Want to find out more information? Ask your science teacher and check out their website:
Would you like to win €250 to fund exciting experiments in your school? All you have to do is make a 3 minute video communicating a scientific topic in an engaging and entertaining way. Check out more information.
Welcome back to all students over the coming few days. The website has been very quiet over the summer, but will be updated everyday for the coming school year - so check back regularly. I am hoping to introduce many new initiatives for the website this year - including competitions for students, updating this blog page much more regularly with exciting updates and discoveries in the world of science and updating the biology notes - making them better (with animations and interactive content in the not-too-distant future!)
Best of luck to all biology students in tomorrow's exam!
Last minute revision hints:
  • Go over important definitions - especially those in Unit 2: the study of life.
  • Go over important schematic diagrams - such as those describing photosynthesis, respiration, nutrient recycling, menstrual cycle, hormonal negative feedback, cell cycle, binary fission, endospore formation, and reproduction in Rhizopus.
  • Revise important experiments (especially the effect of pH on enzyme activity - which has never been examined!). Important experiments include all the enzyme experiments (four experiments); DNA isolation, dissection of the heart; production of alcohol using yeast; and ecology activities.
  • Finally, take a quick look over the mind maps at the end of each chapter of Bio!!!!
Giraffes can eat grass too!
Peacocks extend their feathers when they feel threatened.
In science class today, second year students had to design a poster showing the effects of global warming.

In first place was a poster showing the Statue of Liberty, the Millenium spire and the Eiffel tower before and after a dramatic sea level rise.

In second place was a poster showing a polar bear on a very small ice berg surrounding by sea water.

And in third place, a poster showing the Earth, in the form of an icecream cone, being turned upside down.

Students in 5th year managed to get very nice results in their experiment to determine the optimum pH for celery catalase activity.
Have a look at this amazing 4 minute video on how the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park in California has had a phenomenal effect on the whole ecosystem - including chnaging the direction of the river!