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Cork duo scoop top Intel prize at Young Scientist Exhibition

Last week the winners of the prestigious Intel Student and Educator of Excellence awards were selected at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition. Intel, now in its 16th year as a Gold Sponsor of the exhibition, awards the winning student with the prize of an all expenses trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in May 2015.

Shauna Murphy and Caoimhe Cronin from St. Mary’s Secondary School in Mallow, Co. Cork, picked up the Intel award at this year’s exhibition with their project entitled, ‘Measurement of radon emanation and its correlation with indoor radon levels in some areas of Mallow’. The projects seeks to discover the geographical distribution of radon levels in dwellings in Mallow and investigate factors that affect radon emanation from different sources. Intel has a particular focus on the Physics/Chemistry/Mathematic section at the event and it is from this group of projects that the student award winner is selected.

The Intel award includes a trip for Shauna, Caoimhe and their teacher Martin Timmons to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) taking place in Pittsburgh in May.

In addition to the Student Award, Intel takes the opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes of the exhibition – the teachers, by presenting an Educator of Excellence award to an individual teacher who has made an outstanding contribution towards the promotion and facilitation of inquiry based learning amongst students. This year Padraig Harlow from Scoil Mhuire gan Smal in Roscommon won this award and as part of his prize will also have the opportunity to travel to the ISEF event.

Sarah Sexton, Communications Manager at Intel Ireland, attended the prize giving ceremony on Friday and said, “Intel is delighted to again be a Gold Sponsor of this event which continues to be such an important showcase and celebration of science. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the lifeblood of all that is possible at Intel and we are passionate about encouraging these very subjects amongst the students of today who will become tomorrow’s leaders in the high-tech industry”.

The Intel awards were presented on the night by Intel Ireland’s Martina Lawlor who is a senior engineer in Intel’s Internet of Things Group. The team which Martina is a part of were responsible for designing the Intel Quark microprocessor – the first Intel chip to be designed and developed right here in Ireland.

Along with sponsoring the two awards at the event, Intel participates in the Technology hall at the exhibition, showcasing Intel powered technology and solutions to the thousands of visitors who attend during the multi-day event.

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Shauna Murphy and Caoimhe Cronin from St. Mary’s Secondary School in Mallow, Co. Cork are pictured receiving the Intel Student award from Intel’s Martina Lawlor
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The 2015 Intel Educator of Excellence Padriag Harlow receives his award from Intel’s Martina Lawlor

Further Information

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 believes that young people are the key to solving global challenges and that a solid math and science foundation coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving are crucial for their success. Also, as a leading technology company, we depend on the future availability of skilled workers, a healthy technology ecosystem and knowledge customers, all of which are underpinned by initiatives that allow students to experience and explore project based learning linked to science and technology.

Each year Intel Ireland contributes almost €1 million to local and national education programs including programs for Primary and Secondary schools students, a number of Science Exhibitions, post-graduate research projects and equipment donations to schools and universities.

About Intel

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Media contact: Sarah Sexton  | + 353 1 606 8537


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