– Intel this year selected 2 recipients for the prestigious student awards as well as awarding a prize to the Intel Educator of Excellence at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
– The student awards were won by Jack Mc Cann from Loreto College Coleraine and Muireasa Carroll, Mairéad Kingston and Denise Hurley from Sacred Heart Secondary School in Cork. The Educator of Excellence award was won by Kevin Carey from Colaiste Phadraig, Lucan
– The winners of the Intel awards receive the prize of an all expenses trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) being held this year in Los Angeles, California
Last night, Intel selected the winners of the prestigious Intel Student and Educator of Excellence awards at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition. Intel is now in its 13th year as a Gold Sponsor of the exhibition and recipients of the Intel awards receive the prize of an all expenses trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) being held this year in Los Angeles, California.
This year for the first time Intel selected 2 recipients for the student award, with both a group and an individual receiving the top prizes.
Jack Mc Cann from Loreto College Coleraine was awarded the first of the Intel Student Awards for his project entitled ‘Dendritic crystallisation of potassium bromide’. Jack’s project looked at the potassium bromide crystallises in a dendritic structure with a small quantity of lead present. Intel has a particular focus on the Physics/Chemistry/Mathematic section at the exhibition and it is from this group of projects that the student award winners are selected.
The second of the Intel prizes was awarded to Muireasa Carroll, Mairéad Kingston and Denise Hurley from Sacred Heart Secondary School in Cork for their project entitled ‘An investigation into sea lettuce briquettes’. For their project the girls have invented fire briquettes from hazardous sea lettuce, a renewable fuel.
Each of the winning students along with their teachers, Brian McKenna and Claire Holland, will fly off in May to represent Ireland at the Los Angeles event.
Kevin Carey from Colaiste Phadraig, Lucan, won the Intel Educator of Excellence award at this year’s event. This award gives Intel the opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes of the exhibition – the teachers, who do so much work behind the scenes to support and encourage their students.
Eamonn Sinnott, Intel Ireland General Manager and Vice President, Technology Manufacturing Group, presented the winners with their prizes, “Intel is delighted to again be associated with this event which is such an important showcase and celebration of science. I am honoured to present the Intel Awards as they are a fantastic way to recognise the importance of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects among the students of today who will become tomorrow’s leaders in the high-tech industry ”.
Intel is delighted to again be involved as a Gold Sponsor of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition as we believe that the event provides an important platform for students to engage in skills based learning. It is also an important tool in the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, subjects which form the building blocks of a Smart Economy.
Along with sponsoring the two awards at the event, Intel participates in the Industries hall at the exhibition, showcasing Intel technology and solutions to the thousands of visitors who attend during the multi-day event.
A special award was also presented by the TRIL (Technology Research for Independent Living) centre of which Intel is a collaborative partner. The TRIL Special award category was designed to recognize a Young Scientist who had conducted an innovative project that sheds light or had a direct impact on the problems faced by older people, ranging from a new technology or device to new ideas about how to improve the physical, cognitive or social health of our older population. The recipients of the award this year were Róisín Dunbar and Chloe Reid from F.C.J Secondary School, Wexford for their project entitled ‘Push Electric’.
About the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is recognised as being the ‘Olympics of Science Fairs’ with over 50 countries from all over the world being represented by students competing for over $3 million in scholarships and prizes.
Intel’s commitment to education
Intel is committed to driving education transformation through advocacy for policy reform, curriculum, standards and assessment, sustained professional development efforts, information and communications technology, and support of research and evaluation to help countries create an effective approach to 21st century education. Intel Ireland have spent more than €25 million in support of education programs over the past 20 years in support of this transformation.
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157625827568154/