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 eleventh year, 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 the event in IT Blanchardstown which brought together over 250 students from 90 different schools in Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Meath, Offaly, Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Roscommon, Louth and Monaghan.
20 projects were selected at the event to go forward to the National Grand Final which will take place in February 2018 at the Helix in DCU.
2017 has been the biggest year yet for the Intel Mini Scientist competition with more than 7,800 students from 135 schools in 18 counties across Ireland taking part.
At the Leinster Regional Final event the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees and Intel Women in Technology scholars, who had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects from the very creative variety.
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.
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 20 winning schools, who were presented with their prizes by Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland Hugh Hardiman, were;
- Farm Safety – Danger Sensor Watch from Tynock National School, Co. Carlow
- Coeli-facts from Newtown National School, Co. Meath
- Modern Day Adhesive and Carbon Fibre from Dunboyne Senior Primary School, Co. Meath
- Ecological Roulette from Gorey Educate Together, Co. Wexford
- Hydraulic Arm from St. Patrick’s National School, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
- Digital Step Chart from St. Jospeh’s National School, Kilcock, Co. Kildare
- DNA – Answers in our Genes from Kildalkey National School, Co. Meath
- How is Plastic Affecting the Ocean from Lusk National School, Co. Dublin
- Road Alert from Wicklow Montessori Primary school, Co. Wicklow
- Bicycle Powered Generator from Scoil Mhuire Banríon, Co. Offaly
- Duilleoga an Fhómhair from Scoil Oilibhéir, Dublin 15
- Commether from Alexandra College Junior School, Dublin 6
- What Does Medicine do to your Body from Athboy National School, Co. Meath
- The Ultrasonic Hat from Belmayne Educate Together NS, Dublin 13
- The Automatic Washing Line from Scoil Phádraig Boys National School, Clane, Co. Kildare
- Artificial Intelligence from Scoil Naisuínta Cholmcille Naofa, Moone, Co. Kildare
- Alzheimers from Scoil Bhride, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
- Air Pollution from Scoil Áine Naofa, Lucan, Co. Dublin
- A way with the Wind from Scoil Mhuire, Fatima, Timahoe, Co. Laois
- Hydraulic Arm from St. Mary’s Boys National School, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
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”.
Visit www.intel.ie/miniscientist for information about the program.
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