The Department of Life and Physical Sciences, AIT recently hosted the annual Regional round of the ISTA (Irish Science Teachers Association) national second level Science quiz.
The standard of answering was excellent again this year and it was well contested, with the top four teams still in with a chance of winning as the quiz entered its’ last round. Tullamore were well represented by two teams from the Sacred Heart School: Ailbhe Gill, Caoimhe Farrell and Leanne Coughlan and a second team comprising of Amy Murphy, Katie Cummins, Anna Raftery-Lynam. Their teacher was Ms Elaine O’Doherty.
Moate Community College was represented by Rachel Dunney, Amy Redmond, Oisin Foley. Their teacher was Irene O Sullivan.
There were a large number of teams competing from the local area included Mean Scoil Mhuire, Longford, Castlerea Community School, Scoil Mhuire Strokestown, Marist College, Athlone: Moate Community School; Our Lady’s Bower School, Athlone; St Aloysius College, Athlone; Colaiste Mhuire, Mullingar and Wilson’s Hospital, Multifarnham, Sacred Heart Convent, Tullamore, St Joseph’s Summerhill, Athlone and Athlone Community School.
The main money prizes were very kindly sponsored yet again by Arran Chemicals, Monksland Industrial Estate, Athlone (Dr. Peter Cairns and Dr. Anthony Owens) and the ICI (the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland).
Thanks were extended to each of the sponsors. Each of these two sponsors have sponsored the quiz each year since its inception over 10 years ago.
The winning team received a perpetual cup (the Midland region ISTA cup), a plaque and cash, with runners up and 3rd place teams receiving plaques and cash prizes.