– Dublin student Aoife Gregg from Loreto College, Stephen’s Green was awarded the Intel Student Award for her project entitled Cryptography: A study of the Irish Language
– The Intel Educator of Excellence award, a prize recognising the contribution of an outstanding teacher, went to Ann Blanking from St. Mary’s College, Co. Derry
– 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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
On Friday last Intel selected the winner of the prestigious Intel Student award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition. Intel, now in its 14th 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) being held this year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Aoife Gregg from Loreto College, Stephen’s Green was awarded the Intel Student Award for her project entitled Cryptography: A study of the Irish Language. The novel project involved a study of the characteristics of the Irish language that are relevant to cryptography, such as letter frequency. 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 was selected.
The winning student along with her teacher, Yseult Whitaker, will fly off in May to represent Ireland at the Pennsylvania event along with 2 other Irish projects selected through the Scifest national science exhibition and the Sentinus Young Innovators event held annually in Belfast.
In addition to the Student Award, Intel takes the opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes of the exhibition – the teachers, by presenting an Intel 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 award was also presented on Friday evening to Ann Blanking, a teacher from St. Mary’s College, Co. Derry. Ann will also be given the opportunity to join the Irish delegation travelling to the ISEF event in May.
Eamonn Sinnott, Intel Ireland General Manager and Vice President, Technology Manufacturing Group, attended the awards ceremony and presented the winners with their prizes, “Intel is proud to once again be involved with this event which is such an important showcase and celebration of science and technology. Exhibitions such as this play a vital role in encouraging a passion for Science, Technology and Engineering and Math which are the critical foundation for tomorrow’s high-technology innovators and leaders”.
Intel is delighted to again be involved for a 14th year as a Gold Sponsor of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition – we believe that the event provides an important platform for students to engage in skills based learning. 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.
Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott presents the Student Award to Aoife Gregg from Loreto College, Stephen’s Green
Ann Blanking receives the Intel Educator of Excellence award from Eamonn Sinnott
RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan is pictured with the Intel ‘Bunnymen’
RuBot, the Rubik’s cube solving robot, is pictured at the Intel stand
Students Niamh Brett and Jacqui Sloan take a closer look at some silicon wafers on the Intel stand
The Intel Bunnymen make their way around the Industries Hall at the exhibition
Further images from the event can be found here:
About the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 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. It will take place in May 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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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