Bright young scientists compete for place at Mini Scientist Grand Final

Thousands of young students from across Ireland take part in the 2015 Intel Mini Scientist competition

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For the past number of months, 4th, 5th and 6th class students from across Ireland have been getting hands on with science and showcasing their big ideas as they took part in the annual Intel Mini Scientist competition. The competition, which kicked off in September, gives young students the chance to explore science through project based learning and exhibitions.

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Constantine Melega from St.Mary’s Boys National School in Maynooth with his project Rainbow Tube


The first phase of the program involves students participating at exhibitions in their own schools which are visited by Intel employees who judge the first round of exhibitions and select from each school a winning project to go forward to a regional final.


Regional finals were then held at various locations last week including 2 events which were hosted on Thursday December 10th and Friday December 11th at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

The 2015 initiative was the biggest year yet for the Mini Scientist competition with more than 5,500 students from 110 schools across Ireland taking part and the Regional Finals in Leixlip brought together almost 250 students from 75 different schools to take part and exhibit their work.

At the Regional Final events the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees, who had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects from the very creative variety. Intel employees also had the chance to come along and view the work of the students whose projects each included visual displays, projects books and practical experiments based on a scientific area aligned with the national primary science curriculum.

Each of the days of the Regional Final were filled with innovative and imaginative projects, put together through months of hard work and the judges, after a very difficult task of deliberation, compiled their list of winning projects for each day;

Thursday December 10th

• How different types of teaching affect the way you learn from Newtown National School, Enfield, Co. Meath

• Buzzy Bees from SN Colmcill Naofa, Athy, Co. Kildare

• Sugar, Sugar, Everywhere from Scoil Bhride, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

• Bioplastic from Alexandra Junior College, Milltown, Dublin 6

• Heat from Below from Tubberclare NS, Co. Westmeath

• Light & Reflection from Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan, Co. Dublin

• Lungs from Wicklow Montessori School, Co. Wicklow

• Where is the Cooling Point in the Body from Scoil Aine Naofa, Esker, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Friday December 11th

• Sports Science from Scoil Mochua, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

• Hands and Bacteria from Caragh National School, Naas, Co. Kildare

• Bacteria and mould yet to be told from Whitecross Primary School, Julianstown, Co. Meath

• Game Changer – Leaping Labradors from Timahoe NS, Co. Laois

• Energy Speed Ramps from St.Mary’s Primary School, Enfield, Co. Meath

• The Lungs Side of the Story from St. Patrick’s National School, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

• Fitness Foods from St. Kevin’s National School, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

• Life on the Farm from Scoil Treasa Naofa, Kilteegan, Co. Wicklow


Sarah Sexton, coordinator of the Intel Mini Scientist program, was delighted with the success of this year’s competition, “This year it was fantastic to once again see a growth in the number of students participating in the program and at the same time we continue to see an ever higher standard of projects amongst the participants – the competition is a great way to get children excited about science and to give them the opportunity to build key 21st century sills such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork”.

8 winning projects were selected on each day of the Regional Final and these winning projects will have the opportunity to go forward and participate in the National Mini Scientist Final taking place in the Science Gallery in Dublin on January 22nd 2016. The National final will bring together 22 different projects from around the country all of which are being selected at Regional Final events.

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Evan Connolly, Andrew Mullen, Cillian Murphy and Jason Flynn from Dunboyne Senior School with their project on paper planes

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The winning project from Alexandra Junior College are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott
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The winning project from Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott
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The winning project from Scoil Bhride are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott
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The winning project from Newtown National School are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott
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The winning project from Scoil Aine Naofa are pictured with Intel’s Colin Eamonn Sinnott
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The winning project from SN Colmcill Naofa are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott
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The winning project from Wicklow Montessori School are pictured with Intel’s Colin Eamonn Sinnott
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The winning project from Tubberclare NS are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott

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The winning project from St. Kevin’s National School are pictured with Intel’s Leonard Hobbs

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The winning project from Whitecross NS are pictured with Intel’s Leonard Hobbs

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The winning project from Scoil Mochua are pictured with Intel’s Leonard Hobbs

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The winning project from Timahoe National School are pictured with Intel’s Leonard Hobbs


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The winning project from Caragh NS are pictured with Intel’s Leonard Hobbs
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The winning project from St. Mary’s PS are pictured with Intel’s Leonard Hobbs
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The winning project from St. Patrick’s National School are pictured with Intel’s Leonard Hobbs

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The winning project from Scoil Treasa Naofa are pictured with Intel’s Leonard Hobbs

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Eden Kelly from Scoil Bhride in Blanchardstown pictured at the Intel Mini Scientist Regional Final


Further images can be found here:


Day 1: https://www.flickr.com/photos/intel_irl/albums/72157661580171629

Day 2: https://www.flickr.com/photos/intel_irl/albums/72157659942933624



Further Information

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Further information about Intel’s Mini Scientist program is available at www.miniscientist.ie.

Media contact: Sarah Sexton sarah.sexton@intel.com  | + 353 1 606 8537


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