TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH – Yesterday in Maynooth University, students from across Ireland took part in the Intel Mini Scientist Grand Final, an event which is the culmination of a nationwide competition which has been running since September 2018.
The Intel Mini Scientist, which is now in its 12th year, gives primary school students from 4th, 5th and 6th class, 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 were hosted throughout December in Leixlip and Shannon.
The 2018 / 2019 initiative was another exciting year for the Mini Scientist competition with almost 8,000 students from 120 schools in 18 counties across Ireland taking part in the Grand Final event. This year there were almost 2,500 projects exhibited as part of the Mini Scientist competition and the Grand Final brought together the top 23 projects from across the country.
At the Grand Final, which was held in the Aula Maxima at Maynooth University, the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees who each had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects from the very creative variety. Each of the projects included visual displays, projects books and practical experiments based on a scientific area aligned with the national primary science curriculum.
The Grand 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, selected their winning projects;
Grand Final Overall Winner
Micro-bit Moisture Monitor – Scoil Ide, Corbally, Co. Limerick
Does Spatter Matter? – Kildalkey National School, Co. Meath
Moo Moo Mower – Scoil Mhuire Fatima, Timahoe, Co. Laois
Additional special prizes were awarded as follows:
- Best Communications award:
What is the Immune system? – Straffan National School, Co. Kildare
- Best Project book:
Cows – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – St. John National School, Co. Clare
- Best Visual Display:
Gaming Effects on Concentration – Rathbane National School, Co. Mayo
- Most Innovative Idea:
How Solar Panels Work – Clarecastle National School, Co. Clare
The winning project was entitled Micro-bit Moisture Monitor which involved the winning students creating an automatic plant watering system. The 4 winning students from the school in Corbally, Co. Limerick used a Micro bit, a tiny programmable computer, to measure ion readings in soil samples in order to determine the level of water present in the soil and in turn activate, as needed, the automatic watering system. The system is environmentally friendly as it only waters the soil as needed and can be managed remotely. The winning students were Sean Culligan (aged 11), Aisling Farrell (aged 12), Lucia Hernandez (aged 11) and Ben Robinson (aged 12).
As part of the prize for the overall winning project, Scoil Ide will receive a grant of €1000 from Intel.
The event was held for the first time this year in Maynooth University. Also taking place yesterday at the University was the signing of a new agreement between Intel and Maynooth University which will see the two organisations establish a strategic partnership for research and innovation, and to nurture future talent. The agreement was signed by Maynooth University President, Professor Philip Nolan and Eamonn Sinnott, General Manager of Intel Ireland and Vice President Technology Manufacturing Group, marking a new chapter in the relationship between Ireland’s fastest growing university and the global leader in manufacturing and technology.
Following the signing of this new agreement, Prof. Philip Nolan and Eamonn Sinnott officially opened the Mini Scientist Grand Final.
Prof. Philip Nolan, addressed the students and wished them well for the competition, remarking that “So many journeys in science start with young people deciding to complete a science project just as you have done and I would like to congratulate you on starting that journey at such an early age and for being so committed to your ideas and to embracing scientific learning. There are many opportunities ahead for each of you at places just like Maynooth University and Intel, and I wish you all the very best today and into the future”.
Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott was also on hand to congratulate the participating students on reaching the final and to wish them well, “Now more than ever Ireland needs really creative, curious, and committed young people and that’s why we love to support competitions just like this because they that allow us to meet incredible students who are at the start of their science and technology journey. The technology of today is being made right now in places like the Intel campus in Leixlip but the technology of tomorrow will come from people like you, from competitions just like this”.
Sarah Sexton, Communications Manager at Intel Ireland, was delighted with the success of this year’s Mini Scientist Grand Final, “The projects on display here today are all winners in their own right and are a showcase of the months of hard work by thousands of young people across Ireland. Each student competing is a fantastic role model of creativity and enthusiasm and has done a remarkable job in sharing their work today. We are very proud to be at the heart of the Mini Scientist competition and look forward to seeing all that will be made possible by these young people in the future”.
For more information about the grand final event or to sign your school up for the Mini Scientist competition visit www.intel.ie/miniscientist.
Full list of participating schools at the Grand Final;
|School Name||School Location||Project Name|
|Straffan National School||Co. Kildare||What is the immune system|
|St. Mary’s & St. Gerard’s NS||Co. Wicklow||Food Waste produced in lunch Boxes|
|Maynooth Educate Together||Co. Kildare||Floatation|
|Scoil Mhuire Fatima||Co. Laois||Moo Moo Mower|
|St. Claire’s Primary School||Dublin 6||Hydrolics|
|Rathbane National School||Co. Mayo||Gaming effects on concentration|
|St. Nicholas Primary School||Co. Meath||Today’s Bread today – what about bold mould|
|St. Joseph’s BNS Terenure||Dublin 6||School Towels|
|Faughart Community National School||Co. Louth||Hydrolic Bridge|
|St. Mochta’s National School||Dublin 15||Salt Water Filtering|
|Kildalkey National School||Co. Meath||Does spatter Matter?|
|Lusk Senior NS||Co. Dublin||Cells|
|SN Colmcill Naofa||Co. Kildare||Home made Bird Feeders|
|Kilbride National School||Co. Meath||Are you eating Plastic for Dinner|
|Scoil Phadraig, Clane||Co. Kildare||Is fortnite addictive?|
|Scoil Aine Naofa||Co. Dublin||Thermistor circuit|
|St. Anthony’s NS||Co. Cork||Earthquakes|
|Dromleigh NS||Co. Cork||Can Algae save the world|
|Cahir Boys National School||Co. Tipperary||VR vs Normal Computer games|
|Clarecastle National School||Co. Clare||How solar panel work|
|Scoil Ide||Co. Limerick||Micro-bit Moisture Monitor|
|Scoil Mhuire, Knockagoshel||Co. Kerry||Alternative Energy|
|St. John National School||Co. Clare||Cows – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.|
The full set of images from the event are available to view at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/intel_irl/albums/72157690203999693
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