Did you know that we are all made of stardust? At one stage or another, the molecules that make us up originally came from hydrogen atoms clashing in the sun, creating helium. This is just one of the many facts discussed at the recent Astronomy Lecture for Transition Year students, held at Carlow Institute of Technology on the 11th of November.
About fifty TY students from CPC, along with Ms Higgins and Ms McDonnell, travelled to Carlow I.T. to attend the lecture, and really enjoyed the experience. Dr Gary Cahill (a former science teacher at CPC) hosted the interesting and captivating lecture. He talked about the wonders of the universe, and how tiny the earth, the sun and the moon is, on the larger scale of things. He promised that not one of us would leave the lecture without at least one thing we’d find fascinating, and he certainly lived up to his promise. Each one of us left the lecture, with heads full of wonder about what is really out there.
The lecture was certainly very inspiring to those who are interested in developing their knowledge of science and the universe surrounding them. For those who didn’t quite enjoy the lecture, it was still a very beneficial visit.
We had the opportunity to explore the Carlow I.T. campus, and catch a glimpse of what college life is like. We were pleasantly surprised with the level of cleanliness and modernity maintained throughout the campus. Although we’re now senior-cycle students, we suddenly felt very young walking around the massive buildings in our royal-blue school uniforms!
We’d like to thank Carlow I.T. for organising the event and to Ms Twomey and Ms Groome for arranging for us to go. Here’s hoping that we’ll have the opportunity to go on similar trips in the future.
(Written by Cathal McMahon, Photography by Ben Newman)