After several closely contested debates, St. Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs, finished second in the country at the All-Ireland Final of the Debating Science Issues (DSI) competition.
The final took place on Thursday, 19 April, in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin.
Clonakilty Community College, Co.Cork emerged victorious to become the 2012 Debating Science Issues winners. Other 2012 finalists included Abbey Vocational School,Donegal Town and St. Andrew’s College, Blackrock, Co.Dublin.
DSI is a dynamic, cross border debating competition which invites young people to engage in debate on the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science. Open to students in the senior cycle of secondary school, the competition provides an opportunity for students to expand their research, communication and scientific skills with forty schools initially entered in the competition.
Through preliminary debates about stem cell research, nanotechnology, immunology practices, self-diagnostic tests, rare disease research funding, and genetically modified foods, the field narrowed to the four schools represented at the finals.