Offaly students star at Scifest

STUDENTS from secondary schools in Offaly were amongst the prize winners at SciFest2012 held at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).

STUDENTS from secondary schools in Offaly were amongst the prize winners at SciFest2012 held at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).

Jeremy Rigney from Banagher College won the NCE-MSTL Mathematics in Science Award for his project ‘Game-based learning: using Scratch to teach basic maths concepts’. Jeremy also won the Junior Ericsson Technology Awards (individual) with his project.

Sacred Heart School, Tullamore, picked up several prizes. Varsha Lal and Sunaina Shakeel claimed first place in the Oriflame Cosmetics Award with their project, ‘Pili: the wow factor’. Rebecca Aoibheann O’Mahony was the winner in the Health Science Award with a project entitled “Sweet dreams”, while her fellow student Lauren White was runner-up with ‘Eye wise’.

Sarah Delaney and Ella Flaherty played on words with their project title, ‘Eggslent discovery’, winning the Bimeda Veterinary Award in the process, while also being highly commended in the Junior Life Sciences Group Category. A project on the evolution of the pin-up by Nicole Finlay, Brenna Shiel and Rachel Houlihan was highly commended in Intermediate Life Sciences Group Category.

Austin Davis, Daniel Paisley and Marcin Metelski, students at Tullamore College, won the Sports Science Award (intermediate) with their project ‘To test if different brands of football affect their quality and effectiveness’. They also came second in the Intermediate Physical Sciences Group Category.

Their fellow student, Dillon Cleary, won the Senior Physical Sciences Category, with his project, ‘Demonstrating the process of physical to electrical energy and its benefits’.

St Mary’s Edenderry student, Robert O’Reilly, claimed first place in the Intermediate Ericsson Technology Awards (individual) with his project, ‘Does it really do what it says on the tin?’ His fellow students, Olga Zippa, Dillon Goretti and San Doneghan came third in the Intermediate Physical Sciences Group Category, with a project called ‘Sea the Unseen’. Tom Pywell, Liam Kelly and Shane Finn came second in the Intermediate Life Sciences Group Category with ‘Adam & Eve? Or cheops & Eve’.

Some 450 students from 20 secondary schools throughout the Midlands showcased their impressive scientific discoveries and explorations at SciFest@AIT.

SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs funded by Intel Ireland and Discover Science and Engineering as project partners, and hosted nationwide by the institutes of technology and the University of Ulster.

Further information about SciFest is available online at www.scifest.ie and www.ait.ie/scifest