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 has been running since 2003, gives young students the chance to explore science through project based learning and exhibitions.
Sinead Greehy and Ella Keane from St. Cuan’s NS, Kilbaha, Loophead, Co. Clare, are given a demonstration of a 3D printer by Meghan Halton from Intel at the regional final event
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 Friday December 12th with almost 80 students representing 22 schools from Clare, Tipperary, Cork and Kerry in attendance.
The 2014 initiative was the biggest year yet for the Intel Mini Scientist competition with more than 5,200 students from 94 schools in 13 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 4 winning projects from the very creative variety.
The 4 winning projects form 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 Science Gallery in Dublin on January 23rd 2015. The National final will bring together 18 different projects from around the country all of which are being selected at Regional Final events.
22 different schools took part in the Shannon regional final
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 exhibition was also visited by Clare McInerney, the Education and Outreach Officer at Lero – The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre at the University of Limerick.
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;
• Water Purification from St. John’s NS, Cratloe, Co. Clare
(Ella Keilthy, Ana Radojicic)
• Exploring Acids from St. Mary’s Convent Primary school, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
(Chloe Creagh, Katie Grace)
• How to create an android app from Ballycar NS, Co. Clare
• Magnets from CBS Ennis, Co. Clare
(Niamh Cassidy, Ciara Meehan)
Sarah Sexton, coordinator of the Intel Mini Scientist program, was delighted with the success of this year’s competition, “This year it was fantastic to once again see a growth in the number of students participating in the program and at the same time we continue to see an ever higher standard of projects amongst the participants – the competition is a great way to get children excited about science and to give them the opportunity to build key 21st century sills such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork”.
The 4 winning projects at the Shannon regional final are pictured with Intel Shannon General Manager Brian Aherne and Clare McInerney from UL / Lero
2014 prize-winners Ella Keilthy, left, and Ana Radojicic, both from St. John’s NS, Cratloe, Co. Clare, are presented with their awards for their “Water Purification Project” by Clare McInerney from UL / Lero
2014 prize-winners Katie Grace, left, and Chloe Creagh, both 6th class students from St. Mary’s Convent Primary school, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary are pictured at the event
Jack Haverty from Ballycar NS, Co. Clare was also a prize winner at the Shannon regional final
2014 prize winners Niamh Cassidy and Ciara Meehan from CBS Ennis, Co. Clare are pictured with their medals
Further images can be found here: Intel Mini Scientist – Shannon Regional Final – an album on Flickr
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