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Science takes centre stage at Intel Shannon

For the past number of months, 4th, 5th and 6th class students from Clare and Cork 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 has been running since 2003, 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 1st place winning projects take part in the Mini Scientist Regional Final which was hosted on Friday December 6th at Intel Shannon Ltd.

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 Shannon Regional Final event brought together almost 40 students from 12 different schools to take part and exhibit their work.

At the Regional Final event the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees, who had the difficult task of choosing 3 winning projects from the very creative variety.

The 3 winning projects from the Shannon Regional Final event 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.

Intel Shannon employees also had the chance to come along and view the work of the students whose projects each included visual displays, project books and practical experiments based on a scientific area aligned with the national primary science curriculum.

The exhibition was also visited by Mayor of Shannon Greg Duff who heard from members of each of the exhibiting projects and also helped present the students with their awards.

The 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 which were;

•    Air Pressure Busters from Cratloe National School, Co. Clare

(Ella Keilty, Ava Gardner, Orla Gallagher, Ana Radojicic)

•    The Impact of an Asteroid Hitting Earth from Kilmurray National School, Co. Clare

(Paul Hamilton)

•    How much Vitamin C is in Orange Juice from St. Macreehy National School, Co. Clare

(Patrick Sheridan, Kayla Sheridan, Cillian Carey, Michael McInerney)

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”.

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Mayor of Shannon Greg Duff and Sarah Sexton of Intel are pictured with Ella Keilty, Ava Gardner, Orla Gallagher, Ana Radojicic from Cratloe National School

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Mayor of Shannon Greg Duff and Sarah Sexton of Intel are pictured with Paul Hamilton from Kilmurray National School
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Mayor of Shannon Greg Duff and Sarah Sexton of Intel are pictured with Patrick Sheridan, Kayla Sheridan, Cillian Carey, Michael McInerney from St. Macreehy National School
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Sinead O’Connor, Grace Kennedy and Ciara McNamara from Knockaneen NS are pictured with their project ‘How a Camera Works’
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Eve O’Connor and Elena Colleran from  Gaelscoil Mhichil Ciosog, Ennis are pictured with their project ‘An Chroi’
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Jack O’Loughlin and Amy Bennett from Gaelscoil Mhichil Ciosog, Ennis are pictured with their project ‘An Chroi’
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Jessica O’Donovan from Glantane NS is pictured with her project ‘Fascinating Fingerprints’

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John Mullane and Tom Connaughton from Rahan National School, Mallow are pictured with their project ‘ Rocket ‘

Further images can be found here: Intel Mini Scientist Regional Final – Shannon – a set on Flickr

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