GAELSCOIL an Eiscir Riada Tullamore were awarded top prize in the biology section of the Primary Science Fair at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition held in the RDS Dublin last week.
The title of the project was Bees v Wasps The true story, as ghaeilge Beacha v Pocanna an fiorsceal.
The judges presented the school with a lovely Waterford glass trophy. They were especially complimentary of the enthusiasm and knowledge shown by the students.
The project focused on many different aspects of the science of bees and beekeeping. The children conducted a survey to determine the level of knowledge the public had on bees and wasps and found out that people were a lot more knowledgeable on Bees than Wasps.
They then reseached similaritiies and differences of Bees and Wasps. The anatomy, physiology, strucure and hierarchy of the hive, medicinal remedies for stings , honey and its health benefits were among other aspects investigated by the group.
They presented their work through building models, visual displays, powerpoint presentations, analysis using microscope, interactive games and quizzes. Another interesting feature was an interview with a noted beekeeper Micheal Mac Giolla Coda.
This interview conducted by a group of the students as ghaeilge was recorded on video and was shown on a laptop at the exhibition. During the day the children also attended a physics demonstration provided by the organising commitee and a computer programming workshop ran by a voluntary group named coderdojo. Earlier in the week they had also attended the AIT science laboratories to tour the faculty and to carry out an experiment regarding bacteria which was related to their project.
The Gaelscoil along with Dromakeenan NS Roscrea were the only schools in Offaly to be chosen to display a project at the young scientist exhibition this year.
In fact Fermanagh and Offaly were the only two counties without representation at the Post Primary section, which was a pity. Nevertheless, the Gaelscoil group were proud to carry the flag for the county on the day,it proved a wonderful experience for them all.
Perhaps now they will be excited about studying sciences at 2nd level and who knows perhaps one day win the a prize at the senior competition some day.
The children would especially like to acknowledge the support they received from Mr Somerville a local beekeeper, Andy Fogarty lecturer in AIT, Muinteoiri Yelena agus Richie, and all their parents and family to complete the project.
Those who took part were Saoirse Nic Giolla Phadraig, Roisin Ni Bhriain, Megan De Ghras, Abbey Ni Bhreacain, Cian O Mathuna, Shane Mac Ionrachtaigh, Ciara Nic Daeid, Tiernan O Dalaigh, Maria Ni Cuinneain, Killian O Fogartaigh, Ailbhe Ni Shuilleabhain, Sarah Ni Cuinneain, Patrick O Fathaigh, Gearoid Pluincead, Ciaran O Braonain, Maeve Ni Mhathuna, Siomha Ni Chiardhubhain, Emily De Ghras, Ciara Ni Fhloinn Murchu, Cathal O Caomhanach, Jane Ni Thuairisc, Beibhinn Ni Chuilin, Hannah Ni Fhearaigh.