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TCS STEM Club 2019

TCS STEM Club 2019
This year Students in 1st and 2nd year participated in an after-school STEM 1 & 2 club for 5 weeks each. 1st Year students worked hard to design and produce creative mobile phone holders for their desks and 2nd year students were tasked with designing a motorised car.
Over 40 students participated in the club and were assisted by Paul, Mick, Mr Donaldson, Ms Finalayson, Ms Pollard and Mr Boran in constructing the devices.
Well done to all the students involved who worked with Solidworks and Circuit Wizard software to design the project online first and then build the project in the woodwork and metalwork rooms, learning skills how to work with various materials including wood, metal and plastic. Over the duration of the programme the students developed skills using various pieces of equipment and tools to build the projects.
Students involved in the project presented their projects to Ms Hennessy and each student received a Certificate of Participation.
Next year Tallaght Community School will continue to run the STEM clubs were students will be asked to design and create new projects. All students are welcome. Pics


TCS Launches Satellite in CanSat Programme

TCS CanSat 2019
CanSat is a European Space Agency competition for 2nd Level Students (Transition Year and upwards) run by ESERO Ireland in association with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and Institutes of Technology and supported by funding from Science Foundation Ireland. On Friday 29th March 2019 Technological University Dublin – Tallaght Campus held a local competition for the CanSat project. In the CanSat competition, teams of school students compete to design, build and test a mini-satellite or CanSat. The project involves programming, sensors and communications technology, design and development of the parachute for satellite recovery and the mechanical design of the subsystems that fit into a single drink can.
Students from Tallaght Community School won the competition on the Technological University Dublin – Tallaght Campus winning a range of sensors to help them develop their CanSat further.
Ian Boran a teacher from Tallaght Community School mentored a team including; Robyn Murphy, Davis Phillips, David Adesoye, Danny Farrell, Anthony Karpovs and Abdulkarim Nassar Al Harthy.

The technical team supporting the school was made up of staff from The Technological University Dublin – Tallaght Campus including: Paul Dillon, Michael Byrne, David Maguire and Gerard Ryder. Funding for the competition day was supplied by the School of Engineering, Technological University Dublin – Tallaght Campus.Launch support was provided by Alan Giltinan from Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork.

The principal industrial judge this year was Ed Duffy from Nines PV a company developing a novel volume manufacturing process for solar PV cells. Pics


TCS at Analysts Competition

TCS analysts

The Schools’ Analyst Competition DCU

Abbie Walsh, Adam Nolan and Conor Guilfoyle competed in the Schools’ Analysts competition held in DCU on the 1st of May 2019. The Schools' Analyst Competition is a UK/Ireland-based competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division. All members of the teams must be in 5th year of the Leaving Certificate Cycle.

Teams were required to undertake a practical analytical determination based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs. These are judged for skill, understanding and accuracy and are intended to promote team work and safety in the laboratory. In this way, it is hoped that the competitors will learn new skills, as well as demonstrate their existing knowledge, skills and aptitude for analytical science.


TCS Students honoured at the Garda Youth Awards

TCS Garda Youth Awards

The Garda Youth Awards celebrates outstanding young people who contribute positively to society. They recognise the personal achievements and excellent work that is done by local young people in school and their communities. TCS students Nicole Smyth, Zak Riddell and Jenna O’Sullivan received awards for their contribution to society in a number of different areas.

Nicole received her outstanding achievement award for the work she does with the organization ICAN who work with children and families suffering with juvenile arthritis. Nicole mentors children drawing on her own experience of living with the condition. Zak won his award for his outstanding achievements in his chosen sport of kickboxing. Jenna O’Sullivan, who won the Group Award and is going to the National Finals, volunteers at Cheeverstown House, Templeogue.

Congratulations to all of our students. We are immensely proud of your success and we want to wish Jenna the best of TCS luck in the National Finals.


TCS support Darkness into Light

TCS at DIL2019

Last Saturday, for the third year in a row, students and staff took to the Phoenix Park to take part in Darkness Into Light 2019. Once again, the rain stayed away, and although a little chilly, thousands of people walked or ran 5km in aid of Pieta House.

Pieta House continue to do amazing in work in our school and the surrounding community, and each year we are delighted to be able to support their work.

As a school community, we are here for one another and the message is clear: “It’s OK not to be OK”.  Pics


TCS Student Chosen for Under 19 Irish Rugby League Team

Following trials held throughout the month of March, 6th Year Student Marc Keatinge was chosen to play for the Ireland Under 19 Rugby League team. Fifty players undertook the trials from which only twenty were selected for the panel. Marc has put in a lot of hard work and dedication with his training to get to this point as there was a very high level of competition to make the squad. Potential players travelled from the UK and all over Ireland for the trials. Marc made the squad on March 20th and has secured a centre or winger position. We wish him well in his first game on April 14th when Ireland take on Scotland.


Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Abbie Walsh, 5th year, who will be heading stateside this summer. Abbie applied for a scholarship that would enable her to attend the Ben Franklin Institute exchange programme hosted in Purdue University, Indiana.
With nominations from her teachers Ms Moran and Ms Crowe, Abbie submitted her application back in January.  The TCS communinty were delighted to hear this week that Abbie's application was successful and wish her the best of luck.

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive short-term exchange program. Its purpose is to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build stronger linkages and enhanced awareness of shared values. The four week program will enable teenagers, ages 16-18, to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities and common goals, such as support for democracy and civil society, economic prosperity, and broader youth engagement. The program will consist of a series of lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, and a broad assortment of practical, faculty- and mentor-led workshops. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by community service activities, site visits, social and cultural activities, and homestays with American families to deepen participants’ experience of US society during their exchange.
During the academic residency, participants also will have the opportunity to discuss other topics, including democratic principles, conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, leadership, team building, and engaging the media. Upon their return home, participants will implement service projects in their communities and present an alumni project plan to assist a youth-serving or youth-centered organization in their home country. These organizations could include the U.S. Mission Youth Councils, American Corners/American Spaces, and exchange alumni associations.