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Navan Cousins from Loreto St Michael's Secondary School, Navan win SciFest@ITB

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04/05/2017 10:05:58

 

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown were delighted to award Hannah Nugent and Katie Rattigan from Loreto St Michael's Secondary School, Navan as the overall winners of the Science Foundation Ireland Best Project Award at Scifest@ITB 2017 out of over 70 projects exhibited. The students from Loreto Navan are cousins and dedicated their project called 'Stopping the Shake' to their Grandad, Jim Nugent. After a very exciting awards ceremony the girls said, "We are so happy to win this award on behalf of the school. We want to say a special thank you to the Motor Shop in Navan, our teacher Dr Lisa Varley and to all the girls from Loreto Navan who did so well at Scifest@ITB today, winning over 13 awards".

 

 

As one of the 16 regional venues hosting a SciFest science fair, SciFest@ITB saw more than 150 students from schools all over the region exhibit almost 70 projects at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and put their knowledge of science to the test.

ITB SciFest Co-Ordinator Aideen Hodgins said of this year's competition "ITB are delighted to be involved in SciFest. It's a wonderful opportunity for the students and encourages them to develop an interest in STEM. We look forward to welcoming schools from Dublin 15, the greater Dublin region, Meath and Kildare to participate in SciFest@ITB 2017".

 

 

SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science initiative, which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second-level students. SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Boston Scientific, Intel and Abbott.

 

 

Commenting on the SciFest@ITB fair Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO said: "2016 was another hugely successful year for SciFest with a record number of students taking part. In total over 8,000 students presented their projects in local and regional science fairs across the country. This year we are celebrating 10 years of SciFest science fairs. In that time the number of students participating has increased five-fold and they have produced an amazing range of subjects across the STEM disciplines. SciFest gives students an excellent opportunity to develop their interest in STEM and inquiry-based approaches to learning, while developing their creative and problem-solving skills and learning to work in a team."

SciFest 2017 will be the third year of the prestigious Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award, which is presented at each of the 16 regional science fairs; the overall winner of this award will receive the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Trophy at the national final in November.

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