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Mini Scientists bring their big ideas to the Leinster regional final

On Friday December 6th the Intel Mini Scientist Regional Final for the Leinster area was hosted at the TU Dublin Blanchardstown campus

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 take part in the annual Intel Mini Scientist competition. The competition, which is now in its thirteenth year, gives young students the chance to explore science

Faye Heavey, Sophie Fagan and Amy Hill from Caragh National School in Kildare with their project on water quality

through project based learning and exhibitions.

The first phase of the competition 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 held at various locations over the past week including the event at the TU Dublin Blanchardstown campus which brought together over 200 students from 72 different schools in Kildare, Dublin, Laois, Meath, Wicklow, Westmeath, Kilkenny, Wexford, Louth and Monaghan.

16 projects were selected at the event to go forward to the National Grand Final which will take place in January 2020 at Maynooth University.

The 2019 Intel Mini Scientist competition saw more than 7,200 students from 105 schools in 18 counties across Ireland taking part.

The participating students shared their projects which each included visual displays, projects books and practical experiments based on a scientific area aligned with the national primary science curriculum.

Eolann Maguire and Fionn Gallagher from Arles National School in Co. Laois with their project on how can we use renewable energy

At the Leinster Regional Final event the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees and a number of invited guest judges from across the world of science and technology in Ireland, who had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects from the very creative variety.

The regional 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, compiled their list of winning projects.


The 16 winning schools, who were presented with their prizes by Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland Hugh Hardiman and Bernie Capraro, Intel Research and Higher Education Programme Manager, were;

  • Lets Look at Amonia from Scoil Mhuire Fatima, Timahoe, Co. Laois
  • Save the Trees People and Planet from Adamstown Castle Educate Together National School, Co. Dublin
  • Calcium is good for you but don’t milk it from Whitecross Primary School, Julianstown, Co. Meath
  • How do Solar Panels work from Gaelscoil na Rithe, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath
  • Aqua Alarm from Holy Family National School, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin
  • Can we create our own biodegradable plastic from Saint Raphael’s Primary School, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
  • What is the science behind roller coasters from Saint Laurence’s National School, Sallins, Co. Kildare
  • Farming of the Future, St. Mary’s & St. Gerard’s National Schoool, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
  • Optical Illusions from North Kildare Educate Together (NKETS), Celbridge, Co. Kildare
  • Sugar Sweet Scary from Scoil Bhride, Kilbride, Co. Wicklow
  • Robocafe from St. Stephen’s National School, Navan, Co. Meath
  • Mighty Moss from SN Colmcill Naofa, Athy, Co. Kildare
  • WOW is that really from a Cow from Gaolscoil Ui Fhiaich, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  • Anseo: The brand new wrist band and App that lets parents know you arrived at school from Scoil Mhuire, Sandymount, Co. Dublin
  • Grätzel Solar Cell from St. Raphaela’s Primary School, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
  • Carboscan from Alexandra College, Milltown Rd, Dublin 6

Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland Hugh Hardiman was impressed by the excellent work shared by the students as part 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. The standard of the projects on display this year has once again blown us away”.

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