The Walton Club in Trinity College Dublin

A piece written by one of our third year students Georgijs Pitkevics who took part in The Walton Club in Trinity College Dublin. Well done Georgijs!

‘Thanks to the great bond between our school and Trinity College Dublin, known as TAP (Trinity Access Programme), I was given the opportunity to participate in the Walton Club (named after Ernest Walton who received a Nobel Prize in Physics 1951 for successfully inventing a machine which is capable of splitting an Atom).

The Walton Club is a gathering of students from all over Ireland who participate in various extra-curricular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities in cooperation with postgraduate TCD students.

Every Saturday would be a totally different experience for us. We worked on various projects ranging from our own Artificial Intelligence to self-watering plants that also play soothing classical music.

At the end of Year 1 of Walton Club, we were given a chance to show off our achievements to the public in our own exhibition located in the Douglas Hyde Gallery. After the exhibition we attended a Graduation Ceremony marking the completion of year. They announced the winners of a competition that was held throughout the last 10 weeks of the Walton Club known as the Alpha League, along with prizes for the best Engineering, Physics and Maths projects. I had a great time in the Walton Club’