Mini Scientists….Big Ideas!

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Intel Mini Scientist Regional Finals were hosted on Friday December 13th and Monday December 16th at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare
  • The 2013 Mini Scientist was the biggest year yet for the  competition with more than 5,000 students from 85 schools across Ireland taking part and the Regional Final events brought together almost 300 students from 73 of these schools to take part and exhibit their work.
  • Winning projects from the Regional Finals 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 31st 2014

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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 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 was hosted on Friday December 13th and Monday December 16th at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

The 2013 initiative was the biggest year yet for the Mini Scientist competition with more than 5,000 students from 85 schools across Ireland taking part and the Regional Final events brought together almost 300 students from 73 of these schools to take part and exhibit their work. The remaining projects took part in a regional final hosted at Intel Shannon on December 6th.

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;

Friday December 13th

  • St. Mochtas, Clonsilla, Dublin:  Poo Power
  • Moynalvey N.S., Co. Meath:  Miracle Compost
  • Scoil Náisiúnta an Bhaile Nua, Newtown, Co. Meath: Posture
  • Straffan N.S., Co. Kildare: What can you Feel?
  • Scoil Bhride, Leixlip, Co. Kildare: Cracking the package
  • Castleknock Educate Together, Dublin: QR am I

Monday December 16th

  • Scoil Uí Dhálaigh, Leixlip, Co. Kildare: Baictear
  • Maynooth BNS, Maynooth, Co. Kildare: Bertie Insulation Project
  • St. Pauls Primary School, Navan, Co. Meath: CSI Forensic Investigations
  • Cental Remedial Clinic, Dublin: Communication Station
  • Scoil Ui Riada ,Kilcock, Co. Kildare: App Litriú Learnicle
  • Scoil Naomh Brid, Celbridge, Co. Kildare: Drip Drop Drew

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”.

6 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 31st 2014. The National final will bring together 15 different projects from around the country all of which are being selected at Regional Final events.

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Darragh Swords, Kevin Hannon, Sean Kirwan and Josh McCarthy from Prosperous National School with their project ‘Magnetic Car Racing’

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Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott is pictured with the winning project from Castleknock Educate Together, Dublin
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Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott is pictured with the winning project from Straffan National School, Co. Kildare
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Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott is pictured with the winning project from Moynalvey Natioanl School, Co. Meath
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Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott is pictured with the winning project from St. Mochta’s NS, Dublin
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Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott is pictured with the winning project from Scoil Bhride, Co. Kildare
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Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott is pictured with the winning project from Newtown NS, Co. Meath
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Intel Ireland Communications Manager Sarah Sexton is pictured with the winning project fromScoil Ui Dhalaigh, Co. Kildare
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Intel Ireland Communications Manager Sarah Sexton is pictured with the winning project from Maynooth Boys, NS, Co. Kildare

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Intel Ireland Communications Manager Sarah Sexton is pictured with the winning project from St. Paul’s NS, Navan, Co. Meath

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Intel Ireland Communications Manager Sarah Sexton is pictured with the winning project from the Central Remedial Clinic, Dublin

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Intel Ireland Communications Manager Sarah Sexton is pictured with the winning project from Scoil Ui Riada, Co. Kildare

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Intel Ireland Communications Manager Sarah Sexton is pictured with the winning project from Scoil Naomh Brid, Co. Kildare
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Scott Matthews from Maynooth Educate Together with his team’s project on Bubbles at the Intel Mini scientist regional finals held in Intel Leixlip

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Further Information


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•   Further information about Intel’sMini Scientist program is available at www.miniscientist.ie.

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


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