On Saturday the 9th of November, a small group of Transition Year students from St. Mary’s Secondary School set off on the 7 o clock train from Mallow Station to Dublin, Heuston. We are all very interested in pursuing Physics later on in life and so we were attending the Maths and Science Open Day in the world renowned Trinity College. We were accompanied by Ms Dolores Meade, a Maths and Physics teacher in St. Mary’s.
The mathematics programme in Trinity is designed to provide students with broad mathematical training. This qualifies you for work or further study in a variety of professions. In particular, the course is an excellent choice for those who wish to pursue a career in mathematical research/teaching at a university or other third-level institution. The School of Physics offers four honours degree courses in which Physics is a main component for each. The Nano Science Programme is particularly famous and is one of the top ten research facilities in the world for Nano Science.
The girls from St. Mary’s received talks from numerous lecturers in Trinity as well as a tour of the state of the art laboratories. We also took the opportunity to eat at the well-known American restaurant, Captain Americas, where we filled up on scrumptious burgers and milkshakes. The day was full of laughter and fun as well as a day filled with Physics and Maths.
All in all, it was very informative and educational. I discovered many new things to do with Physics. Also, I never realised how broad Physics is as a subject. Trinity will definitely be a college I would seriously consider applying to.
- Rachel O’Connell