Adam Hipwell from Midleton C.B.S. Co. Cork
From February 2nd to February 6th I attended The BEES (Biological, Environmental and Earth Science) transition year work experience programme in UCC. It has been a great experience and I’ve learned a lot about a variety of subjects such as Ecology and Geology. There were three main parts of the programme which stood out for me.
The first thing that really stood out for me was the work we did with the Postgrads on Wednesday. We were divided into groups and my group went outside. We were given a small lecture on Ecology, habitats and how to find the population of a certain species. The postgrad we were working with then showed us some traps he had set the night before and 4 of them contained mice. It was a fun experience and Ecology is now something I will consider studying in the future. It was also great that we got to work with and help postgrads with their research.
The second thing that stood out the most for me was the Plant Science lecture we got on Wednesday which was very surprising because I would never have thought that plants could be interesting! Professor Peter Jones explained how plants were just as good as, if not better than, animals by telling us that some plants such as the Venus Fly Trap plant can count and eat insects such as Flies. His enthusiasm and humour made it interesting too and overall was a great lecture.
The final thing that I found very interesting was the Geology/Geosciences lecture we got on Monday from Professor Andy Wheeler, I never thought that rocks could be interesting but after this lecture can see now that they are! He gave a detailed explanation on all the rocks and Geology is now something I seriously consider studying in the future.
Overall it has been a great opportunity and I would definitely recommend that 4th year students should apply for the programme next year.