For the past 12 months, millions of students across the world, have participated in feeder fairs for the world’s largest pre-college science fair; Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The top prize winners from these feeder fairs will gather in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania from May 12th – 18th to compete for over $4 million in awards, with the first-place winner receiving the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honour of the Intel co-founder, and creator of Intel’s famous “Moore’s Law.”
Ireland, will of course, be well represented by Fionn Ferreira, Niamh Ann Kelly and Aaron Hannon; winners of the Intel Prizes at BT Young Scientist, Sentinus and SciFest respectively.
Fionn Ferreira, from Ballydehob in Co. Cork, a student of Schull Community College and winner of the Intel Prize at the BT Young Scientist, will be representing Ireland with his project which developed a completely new method for the extraction of microplastics from water.
Niamh Ann Kelly, a student at Our Lady’s College in Greenhills, Drogheda, earned her place on team Ireland when she was awarded the title of ‘Sentinus Young Innovator 2017’ for her project ‘The Antimicrobial Potential of Tree Bark Extracts’.
Aaron Hannon, designed and developed a shaving device for people with limited hand dexterity, winning the 2017 SciFest competition. Originally a student of St Muredach’s College, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Aaron is currently studying Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, will also represent Ireland at ISEF.
Accompanying these young engineers, scientists and innovators are their teachers, Larissa Kelly, Kevin Boyle and Frances Regan, respectively, with the BT Young Scientist, Intel prize winner for the Educator of excellence; Donal Enright joining them also. The all expenses trip for students and teaches to ISEF in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania was included as part of the Intel prize at the three respective Science Fairs.