Four Tipperary Secondary Schools shine at SciFest event at WIT

Four secondary schools from Tipperary took science to the next level with their projects at SciFest which was held in the Waterford Institute of Technology college hall on 27 April 2016.

Tipperary students scooped four prizes on the day, including the award for ESERO (European Space Education Resource Office) Discover Space Award.

Four Tipperary Secondary Schools shine at SciFest event at WIT

Scifest Competition Exhibitors 27 04 2016

SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs for second-level students hosted locally in schools and regional level in third level colleges.

At the event, the attending schools showcased their findings in the form of posters and projects.

“Nearly 300 students took part in Scifest at WIT. There is a host of different projects including: looking at the stress on students playing sports; does multitasking save time; investigating the growth of bacteria on sports bottles; the effect of carbon dioxide levels on heating a room; the effect of makeup on your skin; and developing new ways of making biogas”, said Sheila Donegan, Scifest organiser and director of CALMAST at WIT.

Four Tipperary Secondary Schools shine at SciFest event at WIT

Scifest Competition Exhibitors 27 04 2016

On the day, Scoil Mhuire Carrick-on-Suir students Liadhain and Katie O’Shea won the Bausch & Lomb Physical Sciences Award as well as the ISTA Award Best Junior Project for their venture, ‘What is the most affective substance on your teeth?’

Another winning team from Tipperary were students Caoimhe Woods and Aoibhin Foley, students at the Presentation Secondary School Clonmel. The Presentation students won the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award with their project ‘Diabetic Application’ in the Technology category.

The Presentation Secondary School Clonmel had another winner in the form of students Niamh Ryan and Leanne McKenna. The students project ‘Lunacy, fact or fiction’ won them the ESERO Discover Space Award in the Life Sciences category.

Four Tipperary Secondary Schools shine at SciFest event at WIT

Scifest Competition Winners WIT 27 04 2016

Other Tipperary schools that took part on the day were Coláiste Chluain Meala, Clonmel and Gaelcholáiste Chetinn, Clonmel.

Sponsors of prizes on the day included local companies Bausch & Lomb, Teva, Genzyme, Eirgen and GSK.

Four Tipperary Secondary Schools shine at SciFest event at WIT

Scifest Competition Exhibitors 27 04 2016

About SciFest
SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second-level students. It involves second-level students showcasing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects at a series of one-day science fairs held locally in schools and regionally in the 14 Institutes of Technology, DCU and St. Mary’s College, Derry. SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Intel and Boston Scientific. The winners from each regional science fair go on to compete at a national final in November 2016.
For more information, please go to the SciFest website: http://scifest.ie/www.scifest.ie

About Science Foundation Ireland
Science Foundation Ireland funds oriented basic and applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) which promotes and assists the development and competitiveness of industry, enterprise and employment in Ireland. The Foundation also promotes and supports the study of, education in and engagement with, STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and in particular to the growth of the economy. For more information visit www.sfi.ie.

 

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