Mini Scientists…. Big Ideas!

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 kicked off in September, gives young students the chance to explore science through project based learning and exhibitions.

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Cameron Ogiugo from St.Laurence’s National School in Sallins with his project Aquaponics


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.


Regional finals were then held at various locations last week including 2 events which were hosted on Thursday December 11th and Friday December 12th at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

The 2014 initiative was the biggest year yet for the Mini Scientist competition with more than 5,200 students from 94 schools across Ireland taking part and the Regional Finals in Leixlip brought together almost 250 students from 65 different schools to take part and exhibit their work.

At the Regional Final events 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. Intel 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.

Each of the days of the Regional Final were 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;

Thursday December 11th

• How to fight Kid’s Obesity from Newtown National School, Co. Meath

• Mini Weapons from Christ the King Girls National School, Cabra, Dublin

• Habitats from St. Anne’s National School, Co, Kildare

• Generate Your Own Natural Energy from St. Oliver’s National School, Co. Louth

• What Lurks Within from Timahoe National School, Co. Laois

• Hydraulics from Maynooth Boys National School, Co. Kildare

• MakeyMakey Mat from St. Peter’s National School, Bray, Co. Dublin

Friday December 12th

• Aquaponics from St. Laurence’s National School, Co. Kildare

• Polymers Everywhere from St. Patrick’s National School, Castleknock, Co. Dublin

• Wind Mill – The Power from Scoil Mhuire, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

• Co2 App Calculator  from Castleknock Educate Together, Co. Dublin

• Lucozade Vs Water , Scoil Aine Naofa, Lucan, Co. Dublin

• Crystals from Arles National School, Co. Laois

• How natural disasters affect buildings from Scoil Iosaif Naofa, Oranmore, Co. Galway

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”.

7 winning projects were selected on each day of the Regional Final and these winning projects will 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.

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Darragh Sutcliffe from St.Pius X National School in Terenure with his project on Snails

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The winning project from Newtown National School are pictured with Intel’s Colin MacHale
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The winning project from St. Anne’s National School are pictured with Intel’s Colin MacHale
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The winning project from St. Peter’s Primary School are pictured with Intel’s Colin MacHale
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The winning project from Christ the King Girls School are pictured with Intel’s Colin MacHale
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The winning project from St. Oliver’s National School are pictured with Intel’s Colin MacHale
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The winning project from Timahoe National School are pictured with Intel’s Colin MacHale
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The winning project from Maynooth Boys National School are pictured with Intel’s Colin MacHale
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The winning project from Scoil Iosaif Naofa are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott

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The winning project from Scoil Aine Naofa are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott

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The winning project from Scoil Mhuire are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott

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The winning project from St. Laurence’s National School are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott

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The winning project from St. Patrick’s National School are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott

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The winning project from Castleknock Educate Together are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott
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The winning project from Arles National School are pictured with Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott
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Jaia Kavanagh from Lusk National School with part of her project ‘How Colour affects taste’


Further images can be found here:


Day 1: Intel Mini Scientist – Leixlip Regional Final Day 1 – an album on Flickr

Day 2: Intel Mini Scientist – Leixlip Regional Final Day 2 – an album on Flickr


Further Information

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Further information about Intel’s Mini Scientist program is available at www.miniscientist.ie.

Media contact: Sarah Sexton sarah.sexton@intel.com  | + 353 1 606 8537


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