Irish Students head off to Intel ISEF, World’s Largest Science Fair

This weekend two students from Ireland and one from Northern Ireland will travel to Los Angeles, California, to take part in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science fair. Each year, Intel ISEF empowers roughly 6 million of the world’s future scientists, innovators and leaders to create new technologies and solutions that will positively impact people’s lives. This year, from May 14-19, approximately 1,800 young scientists representing more than 400 affiliate science fairs and 75 different countries, regions and territories will gather in Los Angeles to compete for more than $4 million in awards. The first-place winner will receive the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist.

The Irish students earned their places at Intel ISEF after they became winners of Intel sponsored prizes at various Ireland based science fairs over the past 12 months. Their prize included an all expenses paid trip to ISEF for themselves and their teachers.

Caolann Brady, a sixth year student from St. Wolstan’s Community School in Celbridge, Kildare, will attend Intel ISEF after she picked up the top prize at the SciFest Grand Final event last November. Caolann will present her project entitled, ‘Hum your Way to Better health’. The project focuses on the natural treatment of asthma through humming and breathing techniques as opposed to using inhalers and nebulisers. Caolann was featured this week in an article in the Irish Times.

Cormac Larkin, a sixth year student from Coláiste An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Co. Cork, will participate with his project entitled ‘Case study of Data Mining in Observational Astronomy: The search for new OB stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud’. Cormac has developed a new approach to identify massive stars very quickly even in the midst of a heavily populated part of the universe known as the Small Magellanic Cloud. These large stars are eight times bigger than our sun and although they are very bright in ultraviolet light, this light is readily blocked off by interstellar dust and our own atmosphere.

Gareth Reid, a student at Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast, Northern Ireland, was named as the Overall Winner of the Intel ISEF Award at Sentinus Young Innovators in June last year and will present his project ‘Gaze’ which is based on an affordable digital microscope for tablets and smart-phones to promote scientific research and education in the developing world.

Millions of students across the world participated in feeder fairs for Intel ISEF over the past 12 months with the top prize winners assembling next week in Los Angeles to compete for one of science’s most coveted prizes. For more information visit:



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