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Winners of SciFest 2010 @ ITB

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5/19/2010 11:54:20 AM

 

On 12th May - Over 200 Students from 13 schools took part in Scifest 2010 in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.
SciFest is a one day festival of science, which includes a competition and exhibition of projects, a selection of science talks, science demonstrations in the college laboratories and a prize-giving ceremony.
Rebecca Melia and Gillian Byrne from St. Josephs College Lucan won the Intel Best Project Award with their project "Our teachers; talking themselves to death". Their teacher is Michelle Dunne.

Other prizes on the day included the Abbott Runner Up Best Project Award, won by Rachael Gillen and Ciara Kilbane from St. Josephs College Lucan, the BT Best Communicator Award, which was won by Luke Kimmage from Ardgillan Community College Balbriggan. The Discover Sensors Award was won by Rachael Gillen and Ciara Kilbane from St. Josephs College Lucan and the Discover Sensors Highly Commended award went to Sophie Andrews McCarroll, Nicholas Stratford and Orla Reynolds from Wesley College. Elizabeth Hannigan from our local Coolimne Community School won 2nd prize in the Physical Science category for her project "Spilt milk and the Coanda effect" her teacher is Michael Gaffey.

 

 

The BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition has been running very successfully for over forty years. SciFest was created to provide an additional forum for students to present and display the results of their scientific investigations. SciFest has the additional advantage that it is locally based which makes it more accessible to students and allows them to view the facilities and courses available in their local Institute of Technology. The SciFest initiative is jointly funded by Intel and Discover Science and Engineering as project partners.

Commenting at SciFest in ITB, Sheila Porter, SciFest National Coordinator, said, "SciFest is a fun and exciting way to encourage an interest in science at school level, providing not only an occasion to celebrate achievement and a job well done but also an opportunity to encourage active and collaborative learning. This helps stimulate students' interest in science and enables then to apply scientific concepts to real-life scenarios."
"SciFest continues to go from strength to strength with a record number of entries this year. The rapid increase in participation in the competition is a clear indication of the interest and enthusiasm among students and teachers in the investigative approach to teaching and learning science. I would like to thank all of our partners including Intel, Discover Science and Engineering, BT, Dairymaster, Abbott Ireland and all the Institutes of Technology. Without their support, none of this would be possible," Porter added.

 

 

Peter Brabazon, Programme Director, Discover Science and Engineering, said, "It is exciting to see the creativity and enthusiasm for science among Irish second-level students at SciFest 2010. The competition epitomises the skills we seek to instil in students across the country in terms of collaborative learning and critical thinking. It is also an effective model linking education and industry, with the participation of the INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BLANCHARDSTOWN and the support of Intel and other sponsors." Please visit www.scifest.ie for further information.

 

 

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