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.
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 8th and Friday December 9th at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
The 2016 competition saw more than 4,000 students from 101 schools in 15 counties across Ireland taking part and the Regional Finals in Leixlip brought together almost 250 students from 80 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 8th
- Can canny color make memory meliorate from Timahoe NS, Co Laois
- Good vision is good for sport from Scoil Phadraig, Clane, Co. Kildare
- Bad Hair Day, Wicklow Montessori, Co Wicklow
- The heating point of the body from Scoil Aine Naofa, Lucan, Co. Dublin
- Fitness of boys in our school from Gorey Educate Together, Co. Wexford
- What’s growing in makeup from Scoil Bhride, Cannistown, Co. Meath
- Plant Power from St. Nicholas PS, Longwood, Co. Meath
- Pollution Solution from St. Laurence’s NS, Sallins, Co. Kildare
- Gravity from St. Raphael’s NS, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
Friday December 9th
- Colloidal Silver from Castleknock Educate Together, Dublin 15
- A feasibility study into the use of drones in Dublin from Alexandra College, Dublin 6
- Dancing Fluids from Scoil Aine, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
- Traffic Lights from Belmayne Educate Together, Dublin 13
- The nasty effects of cigarettes from St. Brigid’s GNS, Killester, Dublin 5
- Photosynthesis from Scoil Thomais, Castleknock, Dublin 15
- Kitchen Towel Quality from St. Finian’s NS, Newcastle Lyons, Co. Dublin
- Fantastic Fudge from Scoil Mhuire, Moynalvey, Co. Meath
- The Titanic Refraction from Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan, Co. Dublin
Sarah Sexton, coordinator of the Intel Mini Scientist program, was delighted with the success of this year’s competition, “We are passionate about introducing young students to science and technology in a way that is fun and exciting and the Mini Scientist has given us a wonderful opportunity to do that. Once again this year we have had thousands of student’s right across the country taking part and showcasing creative, innovative and inspiring work”.
9 winning projects were selected on each day of the Leixlip Regional Final and these winning projects will have the opportunity to go forward and participate in the Helix at Dublin City University on February 3rd 2017 at the Mini Scientist National final which will bring together 24 different projects from around the country, all of which are being selected at Regional Final events.
Visit www.intel.ie/miniscientist for information about the program.
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