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There is always a lot going on at the APC!  There are new discoveries, events and activities, competitions, scientific talks, visits to schools or to the lab, games and quizzes.... and so much more.

If you would like information on a past event, news story or competition, click on the links below or contact:  MicrobeMagic@ucc.ie


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My Five Senses Poetry Competition

The Senses by Caoimhe Ring

What would you do without sight
Nothing would ever be bright.
What would you do without touch,
Would a hug mean as much?
What would you do if your couldn’t hear
You wouldn’t know if someone was near
And then if you couldn’t smell
Would food still look so well?
And then at the end we have taste
Don’t you think eating would be a waste?
So now we remember how important our senses are
Let’s treasure them more than ever before




Congratulations to Caoimhe Ring, 6th class, Scoil Chlochair Mhuire, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork. Caoimhe received 1st prize of an MP3 player for her poem 'The Senses'. Caoimhe's teacher, Ms O'Connor, received a copy of 'Your Amazing Body', in recognition of her efforts.

In the past few months, scientists from the APC visited over 6,300 5th and 6th class students in Cork city and county. Pupils were informed of the competition and invited to send their poems in. We received a staggering 447 entries.

Thank you to everyone who entered, but unfortunately there can be only one 1st prize. However we have awarded runner up prizes of 'The Gooey, Chewy, Rumble, Plop Book' to the following students. Just click on the name to read the poem.

Rachel Barry, 6th Class, Our Lady of Lourdes National School, Ballinlough Road, Cork

Aaron O'Neill, 5th class, Rusheen National School, Coachford, Co. Cork

Jennifer O'Mahony, St Mary's National School, Cobh, Co. Cork



Science Raps Challenge

Pictured is Dr Dylan Evans, UCC, David Jackson, 1st prize in the over 17 category, Jon Chase, University of Glamorgan, and Dr Catherine Buckley, APC.


Pictured is Sean Hassett, Robin Flynn and Conor Conway receiving their prizes


Pictured is Cloe Murphy receiving her prize



Science rapper Jonathan Chase was on hand to present the prizes.  Jon had challenged students to compose their own rap for the Science Raps Challenge, a new competition organised by the APC for Science Week Ireland 2009.

Two winners were chosen in the category for 17 years and over: David Jackson, a first year UCC biochemistry student, with his rap video entitled “Genesis Lab Rat Rap Irish Hip Hop”and “Spectrometry Rap” from Sean Hassett, Robin Flynn and Conor Conway, of Presentation College Headford, Co. Galway.

In the Under 17 category, first prize was awarded to Karimah Gambo from St Joseph’s College, Lucan for her “Science Raps Challenge” rap.  The runner up in this category is Chloe Murphy, a second year student in St Vincent’s Secondary School, Cork for her rap entitled “Electronics”.

The winning rap videos can be viewed on YouTube

17 years and older category:

1st Prize: David Jackson - Genesis Lab Rat Rap Irish Hip Hop

Runner up: Sean Hassett, Robin Flynn and Conor Conway - Spectrometry Rap

16 years and younger category:

1st Prize: Karimah Gambo - Science Raps Challenge

Runner up: Chloe Murphy - Electronics

Prizes for the competition were generously sponsored by Discover Science and Engineering and Microsoft Ireland.

Young people learn that 'It takes guts' for Science Week


Fifteen hundred primary and secondary pupils from schools throughout Cork city and county attended “It takes Guts” interactive shows in City Hall Cork given by a team from the Science Museum in London as part of Science Week 2009.

This dynamic, educational show looks at food groups, balanced diets and digestion by following the journey of your food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then… out the other end. This show, featuring video footage of people's insides, is a squirm-inducing demonstration of the process of digestion.

Download more photos from this event.

Design a plaster competition


Sonata is pictured here with her Mum.


Comhghairdeas to Sonata Karnickaite!

There were lots of really excellent entries to this competition but unfortunately there can be only one winner. Congratulations go to Sonata Karnickaite, 6th class, Scoil Mhuire, Ballincollig.

Sonata won an MP3 player and the entire class won a science discovery book in recognition of the quality of their entries.

You can see Sonata's prize wining winning entry here. All other entries are listed below.


A Science Poem


by Bronagh Kearns

St. Marys Senior Girls National School, Dunmanway, Co. Cork

Science is like nothing you've seen,

Turn off the lights, be green,

You can learn the periodic table,

You can know how things are wobbly or stable,

There's physics, chemistry and biology galore,

You'll want to learn more and more,

When you learn science don't fret,

When you learn you won't regret,

GI Jake and Luke O'Cyte are the best,

Unlike Pat O'Gen and all the rest,

Make sure your bacteria is healthy,

If you study science you could be wealthy,

Your immune system should be strong,

If it's good you'll be happy and singing a song,

You don't want chicken pox or the flu,

Drink probiotics, they work, they really do!


Microbe Magic, Design a Plaster Competition 2009 - entries

Find your entry by clicking on the appropriate link (right)


Burnfort National School

Castlelack National School, Bandon

Ciaran Hartigan

James McCarthy

Jenny Crowley

Little Island National School

Scoil an Chroi Naofa, Leap

Scoil Mhuire, Ballincollig

St. Mary's Senior School (Girls), Dunmanway

The Model School, Dunmanway

Togher National School, Dunmanway

Upper Glanmire National School, Cork

APC school visit to Christian Brothers College, Preparatory School, Cork APC school visit to Christian Brothers College, Preparatory School, Cork
Discover Science and Engineering Awards of Excellence, 2008

Winner of the word search competition at the Discover Science and Engineering Awards, 2008

Discover Science and Engineering

Microbe Magic Limerick Competition, 2008. Winning, Highly Commended and other entries to the Microbe Magic Limerick Competition
Microbe Magic wins an award! Microbe Magic wins the 'Website of the week' award from Scoilnet
Winners from APC school visit to Our Lady's National School, Stradbally , Co. Waterford. APC school visit to Our Lady's National School, Stradbally , Co. Waterford.
Launch of the Microbe Magic website Launch of the Microbe Magic website
Scientist @ Work Art Competition APC winners - Scientist at work competition
BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition - 2008

Winners and pictures from the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition - 2008

APC winners & competition entrants at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition - 2008!



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