Dublin student scoops top prize at the Intel Mini Scientist

Laura van Buylaere from Alexandra College in Rathmines picks up the top award for her Carboscan project

Students from Knockanean National School in Ennis, Co. Clare are pictured at the National Grand Final of the Intel Mini Scientist

Yesterday at Maynooth University, students from across Ireland took part in the Intel Mini Scientist Grand Final, an event which is the culmination of a nationwide competition which has been running since September 2019.

The Intel Mini Scientist, which is now in its 13th year, gives primary school students from 4th, 5th and 6th class, the chance to explore science through project based learning and exhibitions.

The first phase of the program involves students participating at local level exhibitions where Intel judges visit the participating schools, choosing two winning projects in each. The second phase saw each of these winning projects take part in the Mini Scientist Regional Finals which were hosted throughout December in Leixlip, Shannon and Cork.

The 2019 / 2020 initiative was another exciting year for the Mini Scientist competition with 7,200 students from 105 schools in 18 counties across Ireland taking part in the Grand Final event. This year there were almost 2,400 projects exhibited as part of the Mini Scientist competition and the Grand Final brought together the top 24 projects from across the country.

Laura van Buylaere from Alexandra College in Rathmines was named the overall winner of the Intel Mini Scientist for her project ‘Carboscan’

At the Grand Final, which was held in the Aula Maxima at Maynooth University, the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees along with variety of invited guests from across the world of science and engineering, who each had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects from the very creative variety. Each of the projects included visual displays, projects books and practical experiments based on a scientific area aligned with the national primary science curriculum.

The Grand Final was filled with innovative and imaginative projects, put together through months of hard work and the judges, after a very difficult task of deliberation, selected their winning projects;


Grand Final Overall Winner

  • Carboscan – Alexandra College, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Runner-up Awards

  • Let’s Look at Ammonia – Scoil Mhuire Fatima, Timahoe, Co. Laois
  • Bee Ware from Knockanean National School, Knockanean, Ennis, Co. Clare
  • Save the Trees People and Planet from Adamstown Castle Educate Together National School, Co. Dublin
  • Robocafe from St. Stephen’s National School, Navan, Co. Meath
  • The Taste Buds from St. Patrick’s National School, Whitechurch, Co. Cork

Special Awards
Additional special prizes were awarded as follows:

Best Communications award:

  • Anseo: The brand new wrist band and App that lets parents know you arrived at school from Scoil Mhuire, Sandymount, Co. Dublin

Best Project book:

  • What is the science behind roller coasters from Saint Laurence’s National School, Sallins, Co. Kildare

Best Visual Display:

  • How can Magnetism help reduce Climate Change? from Baltydaniel National School in Mallow, Co. Cork

Most Innovative Idea:

  • Farming of the Future, St. Mary’s & St. Gerard’s National Schoool, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

 

Laura van Buylaere, aged 11, from Alexandra College in Rathmines was named as the overall Winner of the Intel Mini Scientist competition for her project entitled ‘Carboscan’.

Carboscan is an innovative app enabling people to track their carbon footprint on a daily basis and view the grams of CO2 equivalent for all the products they purchase by simply scanning the product’s commercial barcode. The app sums each product’s CO2 eq contribution and shows clear charts to demonstrate weekly and monthly reviews with information about the user’s personal carbon footprint.

From the app, it is also possible to join the Carboscan e-community and users can share, on a social media platform, the amount of grams of CO2 eq they have generated. Carboscan was devised to raise people’s awareness and change their daily habits by motivating them to buy more eco friendly products, all in a fun way.

As part of the prize for the overall winning project, Alexandra College will receive a grant of €1000 from Intel.

Opening the event, Intel Ireland General Manager and Vice President, Manufacturing and Operations, Eamonn Sinnott, addressed the students and wished them well for the competition, remarking that “What the world needs now, more than ever, are bright, curious, creative young people who are socially conscience and able to communicate their ideas. These are all skills you have developed and now demonstrate in Mini Scientist.”

The awards at the Grand Final were presented by Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland, Hugh Hardiman, and Dean of Science and Engineering at Maynooth University, Ronan Farrell. In addressing the students Prof. Farrell added, “The collection of projects on display here today is so impressive. From robotics to roller coasters to solar panels, you have shared innovative and creative ways that science and technology impact our lives every day. You are each the magicians of the future – you will create the solutions for the next generations and will change the world. Congratulations to you all on your wonderful achievements”.

To view all of the photos from the event click here or visit www.intel.ie/miniscientist for information about the program.

Full list of participating schools at the Grand Final;

  • Lets Look at Amonia from Scoil Mhuire Fatima, Timahoe, Co. Laois
  • Save the Trees People and Planet from Adamstown Castle Educate Together National School, Co. Dublin
  • Calcium is good for you but don’t milk it from Whitecross Primary School, Julianstown, Co. Meath
  • How do Solar Panels work from Gaelscoil na Rithe, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath
  • Aqua Alarm from Holy Family National School, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin
  • Can we create our own biodegradable plastic from Saint Raphael’s Primary School, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
  • What is the science behind roller coasters from Saint Laurence’s National School, Sallins, Co. Kildare
  • Farming of the Future, St. Mary’s & St. Gerard’s National Schoool, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
  • Optical Illusions from North Kildare Educate Together (NKETS), Celbridge, Co. Kildare
  • Sugar Sweet Scary from Scoil Bhride, Kilbride, Co. Wicklow
  • Robocafe from St. Stephen’s National School, Navan, Co. Meath
  • Mighty Moss from SN Colmcill Naofa, Athy, Co. Kildare
  • WOW is that really from a Cow from Gaolscoil Ui Fhiaich, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  • Anseo: The brand new wrist band and App that lets parents know you arrived at school from Scoil Mhuire, Sandymount, Co. Dublin
  • Grätzel Solar Cell from St. Raphaela’s Primary School, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
  • Carboscan from Alexandra College, Milltown Rd, Dublin 6
  • The Disposable Truth from St. Finnachta’s NS Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare
  • How can seaweed help the body? from Carrigaholt National School, Carrigaholt, Co. Clare
  • Solar Panelists from Liscannor N.S, Liscannor, Co. Clare
  • Bee Ware from Knockanean National School, Knockanean, Ennis, Co. Clare
  • Air Change from Clarecastle National School, Clarecastle, Co. Clare
  • Reuse & recycle from Knockea N.S, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick
  • How can Magnetism help reduce Climate Change? from Baltydaniel National School in Mallow, Co. Cork
  • The Taste Buds from St. Patrick’s National School, Whitechurch, Co. Cork

 

 

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