Our school boasts a top of the range 3D printer that is used mainly by Transition Year students in timetabled lessons. These lessons provide wonderful experiences for our students in the realm of S.T.E.M. and presents opportunities for the girls to enter highly recognised competitions where they can showcase their newly-found skills. During these classes students have learned how to graphically design 3D objects and models using the online software tool Tinkercad.
In 2021/2022, three of our Transition Year students, Lily Hunwick, Dearbhla Liddy and Kate Lynch achieved First Place in the Senior Best Design category of the Discover Manufacturing 3D Printing Competition. The girls fought off stiff competition from schools both in the republic and north of Ireland to win the top prize in the senior category. The girls received a voucher along with a small trophy. As a result of this win, the school received a €2000 technology support package to further our use of digital technology. This is great news for our school and will be a great investment in our girls' education. The girls' project involved 3D printing and designing a finger mould for people who suffer from carpal tunnel, to allow them to use touch screen devices without having to place too much pressure on their fingers/hands.
In 2020/2021, TY 3D printing groups - 'Mask Minder’ consisting of Cliona Sheerin, Alice McDonnell and Holly Hynes and ‘Twist & Take’ consisting of Fiadh Donlon, Emily Flynn and Emily Shaw have made it to the final 30 in the Luma StarT competition in Finland. They are the only finalists from Ireland.
In 2019/2020, Senior students Meabh Killalea, Kara Mulcahy, Ciara Mangan Lynch, Niamh Dolan and Grace O’Sullivan received an “Official Recognition of Excellence” for their participation in the LUMA StarT competition in Finland. The girls submitted their project 3-D printing project ‘Keyzy’ in which they ranked in the top 25 out of 600 projects in the world. They were the only entry from Ireland to qualify.
Congratulations is extended to Science teacher Mr. Robert Masterson and the girls on their excellent idea and on all of their hard work.