Local history project by pupils of St. Patrick's B.N.S, Castlebar

Young Scientists Exhibition ~ R.D.S., January 2001


Last November our school was again invited to participate in the Young Scientist Exhibition to display our work to date on our project on local history, entitled "History of Castlebar". A total of twelve teachers and their classes contributed to this Schools Integration Project (SIP), which is funded by the National Centre for Technology in Education. It will be completed next June with the launch of a CD of children's work using a project maker called Hyperstudio. The video will incorporate video and audio clips from the work carried out during the last two years.

In the meantime we invite you enjoy a flavour of our visit to the RDS. Over the next few weeks we will be adding more links to this webpage with reports from the boys - we told them there's no such thing as a free lunch! They will tell you all about the great time they had in Dublin and the places they went each day after the Exhibition with their two teachers, Mr. Devaney and Mr. Mahon. Keep an eye out from those links.

The team has one absentee from the photograph - isn't there always one! Cillian Murphy had just left when the photo was taken. Why didn't we take it before he left - that mystery may never be solved!


Great fun ... and then some...

Patrick was trying on the hood (on loan from Ernie Sweeney) and just got it off in time!



The boys are waiting for some customers!


Cheer up, boys!


David and Patrick look cold as the cars are packed for the journey!

The view from the balcony was excellent - our project is fronted by Nortel's Internet access stations - which were very busy most of the time.

David explains our project to a very interested visitor. She was one of the many people who were very impressed at the ability of the boys to explain the project.


Adrienne Webb (left) and Breeda Meleady (right - the camera shy one!), both from the NCTE who sponsored our participation in the Young Scientist, share a cuppa with Deirdre Butler from St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra during the Exhibition. Adrienne was our contact for all arrangements, Breeda is currently coordinating the launch of SIP websites throughout the country and Deirdre is undertaking her Ph.D., which involves an evaluation of all of the Robotic Lego projects being undertaken around the country.