Best-laid plans work out
Plans for the new Aviva Stadium at Lansdowne Road made an appearance on the Leaving Certificate design and communication graphics higher-level paper yesterday.
This is only the second year of the course and teacher Hugh McGlynn of the Teachers' Union of Ireland and Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, felt it was not as demanding time-wise as in 2009. There was something for everyone and students were happy, he said.
Teachers agreed that neither the higher nor ordinary level papers presented any difficulties. John O'Sullivan of the ASTI and CBS Mountgarret, New Ross, Co Wexford, said examiners struck a nice balance in terms of determining the breadth and depth of student knowledge and understanding.
He said the higher-level questions B3 on geometric sculpture and C2 on geologic geometry were in line with expectations. But the omission of a question on the popular interpenetration, or solids intersecting, caused disappointment.
A spokesperson for the Institute of Education, Dublin, said the higher-level paper was well-balanced, but students would have had to kept disciplined time-keeping as there was a lot of work to complete.
"The exam was interesting in its presentation, with reference to modern everyday things, like a camera clamp, Formula One car racing and football stadia," said.
He said students may have had difficulties with Q2 Section A (the axonometric of a sphere) and Q4b Section C (draw a cam profile and displacement). Otherwise the paper was fair and appropriate.