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When DNA is taken out of the cell and stretched out, it looks like a twisted ladder. This shape is called a Double Helix. The sides of the DNA ladder are called the backbone and the steps of the ladder are pairs of small chemicals called Bases: Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), Guanine (G) always pairs with Cytosine (C).
Our 6th Years used coloured jelly tots, liquorice and toothpicks to construct a DNA Double Helix. The liquorice is the backbones; the jelly tots are the bases and the cocktails sticks are the bonds. And the best part of all is that the students got to taste the “DNA” afterwards.
The annual 2nd Year science quiz took place in the library today. Numerous prizes were on offer not just to the winners but for team names, best answers etc... From Galileo to Newton, from Dunsink to Cern, the questions tested their knowledge, not just of the JC course but science and technology in society. Well done to everybody involved. The good humour was contagious and the girls had a great time. Luckily the quiz took place at the end of the day as spirits were high at the end!
We were delighted to welcome PhD student Julianne Kealy to Dominican College today to speak to all our 3rd Years on climate change. Julianne is also the daughter of our Librarian and Geography teacher, Ms. Martina Kealy and she has given talks in Europe and America on her PhD findings. We were thrilled that she developed a lecture and Q&A session to suit our 3rd Years.
The 3rd Years have just finished studying and undertaking projects on conservation and human impact on the environment, and so we felt that they were best suited for the lecture. Aided by a great powerpoint display showing the effects of climate change as well as some statistical analysis showing the rise in temperature and it's current and future effects was an eye-opener.
All students should have picked up on some life long skills that can help minimise climate change.
Some of our 5th Year students used Tarsia puzzles today for the first time. Tarsia puzzles are a fun and engaging way to study, learn and revise any topic. We printed off a series of questions and answers on coloured paper. These were then randomly put on a series of squares and triangles by the software package and students had to combine a question and answer side by side (as shown in the picture).
'Plant Power' is new to the Festival of Farming and Food - SFI Science Week at Teagasc this year. The theme of this event is ‘the importance of plant breeding in sustainable food production’. All our 6th Year students were given the opportunity to go to the Botanic Gardens to see local food producers showcase locally-grown sustainably-produced food. There was also an introductory lecture by Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director, National Botanic Gardens, on plant breeding in food production; interactive lab sessions looking at how biological control agents can be used to control plant pests in an environmentally-friendly way and our students learned how salads can be produced out of season using trolley plant propagators.
It was an action packed afternoon and all the girls had the unique opportunity to visit the National Herbarium, which is not usually open to the general public. They got to see the rare valuable collection of preserved plant specimens from around the world.
We hope that this experience will help our students appreciate the efforts of our horticulturists and help garner an insight into the L.C. Biology botany course.