Douglas Community School has over thirty years of unbroken participation in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Indeed, for many years the school has had the largest level by far of participation of any boys’ school in Munster and has won numerous prizes including best overall individual project some years ago. This impressive record continued this year wityh 18 students applying to attend and 12 of those being selected to represent the school in Dublin from 11 to 14 January 2012.
Four teams of fifth years and two teams of second years attended the exhibition with Science teacher, Cian O’Mahony, and all were commended by the judges for their work and presentation. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it has certainly further enthused them to continue studying Maths and Science into the future. Conor O’Gorman, Paul Wood and Ronan Dwane did a very interesting study on booklice, while their class mates Kyle Twomey and Alan Johnston looked at lichens in the Cork area. Fifth year students Stephen O’Sullivan, Paul O’Keeffe and Otto Cronje studied surface tension of water ,while their classmates Brendan O’Brien, Luke O’Leary and Aidan Donegan studied the decline of the Cordyline tree during the big freeze of 2010. Shane O’Sullivan in Fifth Year did an individual project on the possibility of using body heat to charge batteries.