Roscommon student scoops top Intel prize at YSTE

  • Roscommon student Shauna O’Neill from Scoil Muire gan Smal in Roscommon wins the Intel Student Award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
  • The Intel Educator of Excellence award went to Katie Corbett from Skerries Community College
  • As part of their prizes, both award winners will receive an all expenses trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) being held this year in May in Phoenix, Arizona

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Last week the winners of the prestigious Intel Student and Educator of Excellence awards were selected at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition. Intel, now in its 15th year as a Gold Sponsor of the exhibition, awards the winning student with the prize of an all expenses trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) taking place in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2013.

Shauna O’Neill from Scoil Muire gan Smal in Roscommon picked up the Intel award at this year’s exhibition with her project entitled, ‘The effect of static magnetic fields on molecular and macroscopic properties of water’. Shauna’s project was an investigation into the effect of an applied magnetic field on the atomic state of water, and the resultant altered macroscopic properties of the liquid. Intel has a particular focus on the Physics/Chemistry/Mathematic section at the event and it is from this group of projects that the student award winner is selected.

The Intel award includes a trip for Shauna and her teacher Padraig Harlow to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) taking place in Phoenix, Arizona in May.

In addition to the Student Award, Intel takes the opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes of the exhibition – the teachers, by presenting an Educator of Excellence award to an individual teacher who has made an outstanding contribution towards the promotion and facilitation of inquiry based learning amongst students. This year Katie Corbett from Skerries Community College won this award and as part of her prize will also have the opportunity to travel to the ISEF event.

Brendan Cannon, Director of Corporate Affairs at Intel Ireland, attended the prize giving ceremony on Friday and said, “Intel is delighted to again be associated with this event which is such an important showcase and celebration of science. We are honored to sponsor awards at the exhibition as they are a fantastic way to recognise the importance of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, subjects which are so important for the students of today who will become tomorrow’s leaders in the high-tech industry”.

Along with sponsoring the two awards at the event, Intel participates in the Industries hall at the exhibition, showcasing Intel technology and solutions to the thousands of visitors who attend during the multi-day event.

Further Information

About the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is recognised as being the ‘Olympics of Science Fairs’ with over 50 countries from all over the world being represented by students competing for over $3 million in scholarships and prizes.

Intel’s commitment to education
Intel is committed to driving education transformation through advocacy for policy reform, curriculum, standards and assessment, sustained professional development efforts, information and communications technology, and support of research and evaluation to help countries create an effective approach to 21st century education. Intel Ireland have spent more than €25 million in support of education programs over the past 20 years in support of this transformation.


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