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Irish Students win top awards at ISEF!

What do 3 young girls from Cork and a Coleraine student have in common?

They were all recently the winners of prestigious awards at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

The Intel ISEF event, which is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, takes place each year and provides an important forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 65 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research.

Each year more than 1,000 science, engineering, and industry professionals volunteer at Intel ISEF to judge the student projects and award prizes. This year’s event took place last month in Los Angeles, California, and a number of Irish students were selected to represent their country on this international stage.

Muireasa Carroll, Denise Hurley and Mairead Kingston, all aged 17 and students at Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty, Co.Cork were prize winners in the Environment Management category whilst 16 year old Jack McCann from Loreto College, Coleraine in Northern Ireland scooped an award in the Chemistry category.

Both of the winning projects had gone forward to the Intel ISEF event after being selected as winners of the coveted Intel top awards at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2011 held in January.

The 3 girls were awarded the Intel group prize in January for their project entitled ‘An Investigation Into Sea Lettuce Briquettes’ whilst Jack won the Intel individual student award for his project ‘Adventures in the Dendritric Crystallization of Potassium Bromide’ at the same Exhibition.

As part of their prize they each received an all expenses paid trip, along with their teachers, to attend and exhibit at the Intel ISEF event.

Jonathan McEwan, who was also selected to attend Intel ISEF after becoming the winner of the Intel student award at the Sentinus Young Innovators competition in Northern Ireland, received a highly commended mention for his project ‘A voice activated Alarm’.

All of the student participants found the experience at the international fair ‘mind blowing’ and something they will never forget as they got the unique opportunity to meet and mix with students from all over the world.

Sponsorship of Intel ISEF is one aspect of Intel’s multi-year, multi-million dollar global commitment to education excellence. Intel has been committed to helping students realize the promise of education for decades. In the past decade alone, Intel has invested more than $1 billion worldwide to improve education. Today, Intel invests more than $100 million annually to promote education and technological literacy around the world.

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