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 took part in the annual Intel Mini Scientist competition. The competition, which is now in its tenth 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 was held on Tuesday December 6th with more than 80 students representing 22 schools from Clare, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Offaly and Kerry in attendance.
The 2016 Intel Mini Scientist competition had more than 4,000 students from 101 schools in 15 counties across Ireland taking part.
At the first of the Regional Final events, 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 6 winning projects from the very creative variety.
The 6 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 3rd 2017. The National final will bring together 24 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 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 for each day which were;
- Badger Victim or Villain from St. Johns National School Cratloe, Co. Clare
- Bats from Knockaneen National School, Co. Clare
- Does Viscosity of Liquid matter for a liquid xylophone from Scoil Chriost ri, Cloughleigh, Co. Clare
- Water Evaporation from Oxmantown NS, Birr, Co. Offaly
- The secret life of Crows from Bridgetown National School, Co. Clare
- Is a dog able to predict an Epileptic Seizure from Finnachtas National School, Co. Clare
Sarah Sexton, coordinator of the Intel Mini Scientist program, was delighted with the success of this year’s competition, “We are passionate about introducing young students to science and technology in a way that is fun and exciting and the Mini Scientist has given us a wonderful opportunity to do that. Once again this year we have had thousands of student’s right across the country taking part and showcasing creative, innovative and inspiring work”.
Visit www.intel.ie/miniscientist for information about the program.
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