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 take part in the annual Intel Mini Scientist competition. The competition, which is now in its eleventh year, gives young students the chance to explore science through project based learning and exhibitions.
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.
The Shannon regional final, which took place on December 5th, brought together over 80 students from 24 different schools in Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Galway with 5 projects being selected to go forward to the National Grand Final taking place in February 2018.
The 2017 initiative was the biggest year yet for the Intel Mini Scientist competition with more than 7,800 students from 135 schools in 18 counties across Ireland taking part.
At the Regional Final event, which was held at the Intel Shannon offices, the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees, who had the difficult task of choosing 5 winning projects from the very creative variety.
The 5 winning projects from the Shannon Regional Final event will now have the opportunity to go forward and participate in the National Mini Scientist Final taking place in the Helix at Dublin City University on February 2nd 2018. The National final will bring together 25 different projects from around the country all of which are being selected at Regional Final events.
Intel Shannon 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.
The regional 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, compiled their list of winning projects. The 5 winning schools, who were presented with their prizes by Intel Shannon General Manager Brian Aherne, were;
- Barefield National School, Ennis, Co. Clare – Rough Sleep? Not Anymore!
- Scoil Ide, Corbally, Co. Limerick – RoboBall – Humans v Computer
- Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough, Co. Limerick – Why Does The Colour Spectrum Go White?
- C.B.S, Ennis, Co. Clare – The Power of Tsunami’s
- St. Finnachta’s NS, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare – Do you Know What Cross Contamination is?
Brian Aherne, Intel Shannon General Manager, remarked, “In recent weeks over 300 hours have been spent by Intel Shannon employees visiting schools, meeting students and judging exhibitions as part of this year’s Intel Mini Scientist and that has culminated in the work on show today here at the regional final. Once again we are blown away by the quality of the projects created, the enthusiasm and knowledge of the students, and the passion and commitment of the teachers and parents who support them. The future of science and technology is in very safe hands with these outstanding young students”.
Visit www.intel.ie/miniscientist for information about the program.
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