- The Intel Mini Scientist Grand Final took place today at the Science Gallery in Dublin with the project entitled ‘Learnicles’ from Scoil Ui Riada in Kilcock, Co. Kildare taking home the top prize
- The 2013 / 2014 Intel Mini Scientist competition was biggest to date with more than 5,000 students from 85 schools in 14 counties of Ireland taking part
- Students from Cratloe National School in Co. Clare and Náisiúnta an Bhaile Nua in Newtown, Co. Meath won runner up awards at the Grand Final event
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST – Today at the Science Gallery, Dublin, students from across Ireland took part in the Intel Mini Scientist Grand Final, an event which is the culmination of the nationwide competition which has been running since September.
The Intel Mini Scientist, which is now in its 7th years, gives primary school students from 4th, 5th and 6th class, the chance to explore science through project based learning and exhibitions.
The first phase of the program involves students participating at local level exhibitions where Intel judges visit the participating schools, choosing two winning projects in each. The second phase saw each of these winning projects take part in the Mini Scientist Regional Finals which were hosted throughout December at the Intel facilities in both Leixlip and Shannon.
The 2013 / 2014 initiative was the biggest year yet for the Mini Scientist competition with more than 5,000 students from 85 schools in 14 counties of Ireland taking part and the Grand Final event brought together the top 15 projects from across the country with almost 60 students participating in the competitions final round.
At the Grand Final, which was held in the Science Gallery in Dublin, the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees, who had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects from the very creative variety. Each of the projects included visual displays, projects books and practical experiments based on a scientific area aligned with the national primary science curriculum. The Grand Final was attended by Ciarán Cannon, Minister for Training & Skills at the Department of Education & Skills, who had the opportunity to visit each of the participant projects before helping to award the prizes to winning projects.
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 selected their winning projects;
Grand Final Overall Winner
• ‘Learnicles’ from Scoil Ui Riada, Kilcock, Co. Kildare
• ‘Posture’ from Náisiúnta an Bhaile Nua, Newtown, Co. Meath
• Air Pressure Busters from Cratloe National Scoil, Co. Clare
The winning project, ‘Learnicles’ was based on the development of a spelling app for students and Scoil Ui Riada, the school from which the winning project came, receives a grant of €1000 from Intel as part of the overall prize.
Brendan Cannon, Director of Corporate Affairs at Intel Ireland, was delighted with the success of this year’s Mini Scientist Grand Final, “The projects on display here today are all winners in their own right and are a showcase of the months of hard work by thousands of young people across Ireland. Each student competing is a fantastic role model of innovation and creativity and has done a remarkable job in communicating their work. Intel is very proud to be at the heart of the Mini Scientist program and we look forward to seeing all that will be made possible by these young people in the future”.
Minister Cannon also remarked on the achievements of those taking part “You are exceptionally talented young people and what you are doing here today through your science projects gives me real hope for the future. Each of you can achieve anything you want, if you work hard and if you enjoy what you do. Remember the excitement you feel today about science and discovery, because that excitement can remain with you through a long and rewarding career in this area. I’m confident that with your talent and your passion for science, each and everyone of you will play a part in shaping Ireland’s future.”
For more information about the grand final event or the Mini Scientist program visit www.miniscientist.ie.
Members of the winning team from Scoil Ui Riada, Kilcock, Co. Kildare are pictured receiving their award
Receving their Runners up award are students from Náisiúnta an Bhaile Nua, Newtown, Co. Meath
Receving their Runners up award are students from
Cratloe National Scoil, Co. Clare
Pictured with their project are from left Ciara Murray, Lauren Killalea,(back from left) Abbie Douglas and Roisín Sinnott from Moyvalvey NS, Co. Meath
Minister Cannon chats with students from St. Macreehy National School in Co. Clare
Further images can be found here: Intel Mini Scientist Grand Final 2013/2014 – a set on Flickr
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