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Synge Street duo scoop top Intel prize at Young Scientist Exhibition

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 17th 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 2016.

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The Intel stand in the World of Science and Technology area welcomed thousands of visitors

Gabriel Barat and Adrian Wolniak from Synge Street CBS in Dublin picked up the Intel award at this year’s exhibition with their project entitled, ‘A Mathematical Model of Coffee Rust’. The project examines how coffee rust disease is a serious economic problem in Central America and proposes a mathematical model that suggests an effective way of limiting its spread. Intel has a particular focus on the Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics 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 Gabriel, Adrian and their teacher Shane Freeman to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) taking place in 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 John O’Brien from Dominican College in Wicklow won this award and as part of his prize will also have the opportunity to travel to the ISEF event.

Sarah Sexton, Communications Manager at Intel Ireland, attended the prize giving ceremony on Friday and said, “Intel is delighted to again be a Gold Sponsor of this event which continues to be such an important showcase and celebration of science. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the lifeblood of all that is possible at Intel and we are passionate about encouraging these very subjects amongst the students of today who will become tomorrow’s leaders in the high-tech industry”.

The Intel awards were presented on the night by Intel Ireland’s Martina Nolan who is a senior engineer in Intel’s Fab24 organisation. Fab24 is one of Intel’s hi-volume, advanced manufacturing facilities which currently produces cutting edge 14nm process technology on 300mm silicon wafers. The combined investment in Intel’s Irish operations now stands at more than $12.5 billion.

Along with sponsoring the two awards at the event, Intel participates in the World of Science and Technology area at the exhibition, showcasing Intel powered technology and solutions to the thousands of visitors who attend during the multi-day event. This year the Intel stand included a live demo area showcasing the latest Intel powered technologies including the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality system that completely immerses the user inside the experience, Intel® RealSense™ technology which combines three cameras that “see” like the human eye to sense depth and track human motion in order to redefine how we interact with our devices for a more natural, intuitive and immersive experience. The Intel stand also included an area hosted by Intel Security which invited visitors to participate in the ‘Crack the Pin’ experience where they could solve a number of encrypted clues to try and decipher a login password for a tablet device. There was also an opportunity for visitors to the Intel stand to hear information about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

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Gabriel Barat and Adrian Wolniak from Synge Street CBS in Dublin picked up the Intel award at this year’s exhibition with their project entitled, ‘A Mathematical Model of Coffee Rust’. Their award is presented by Intel’s Martina Nolan.
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Intel’s Martina Nolan presents the Educator of Excellence award to John O’Brien from Dominican College in Wicklow
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Eoghan O’Farrell tries out the Intel Galileo powered Lego demo
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The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality technology allowed users to experience a virtual rollercoaster
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Visitors had the chance to ‘Crack the Pin’ and win an Intel powered tablet device

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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 believes that young people are the key to solving global challenges and that a solid math and science foundation coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving are crucial for their success. Also, as a leading technology company, we depend on the future availability of skilled workers, a healthy technology ecosystem and knowledge customers, all of which are underpinned by initiatives that allow students to experience and explore project based learning linked to science and technology.

Each year Intel Ireland contributes more than €1 million to local and national education programs including programs for Primary and Secondary schools students, a number of Science Exhibitions, post-graduate research projects and equipment donations to schools and universities.

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