Hannah Eastwood from Loreto College Coleraine was awarded the prestigious Intel Student Award at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for her project entitled ‘Green Rust the Good Gal’. Hannah’s project looked at the preparation ‘Green Rust’ (FeOOH Lepidocrite) and the testing of its ability to remove the pollutant soluble chromium from solution by reducing to an insoluble form. The Intel Student Award in Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics goes to the best individual or group in that category and the prize is an all expenses trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair being held in San Jose, California, this year. Hannah and her teacher Brian McKenna will fly off in May to represent Ireland at this event.

John O’Brien from Dominican College, Co. Wicklow won the Intel Educator of Excellence award at this year’s exhibition. John will also be given the opportunity to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose this year. Intel was delighted to be able to do something 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 Fab 24 Plant Manager, presented the winners with their prizes, “Intel is delighted to be associated with this event which showcases and promotes science across the country. I am honoured to present the Intel Awards as they are a fantastic way to recognise the importance of Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics subjects for the scientists and engineers who will be tomorrow’s leaders in the high-tech industry.”

Intel Ireland has been involved as a Gold Sponsor in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition for twelve years with particular focus on the Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics section. 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.

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.

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