On Thursday October 6th over 70 students from 2nd year exhibited 30 projects in Scifest@school at St. Aidan’s Comprehensive school, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. This was the school’s first ever Scifest@school and it was a great success!
Scifest is a series of one-day science fairs, funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Discover programme, Intel and Bostin Scientific. It involves second level schools hosting their own in-house science fair. It is also supported by a number of other companies and organisations, including Abbott Ireland.
The 2nd year students at St. Aidan’s Comprehensive demonstrated their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and maths through their own creative and innovative projects, under the guidance of their teachers Debbie Coss and Joanne Corbett.
The prize winners were as follows:
1st Place: Think Before you Click.ie – A Study of the Prevalence of Cyber Bullying in Our School Community Rachel Cassidy & Zoe Whelan
2nd Place: Fatty but Sooo Crispy! An Investigation into the Fat Content of Crisps. James O’Brien & Sean McMahon
3rd Place: Teenagers & their Diet – What are We Eating? Conor Clerkin & Caelum Faughnan
Special Awareness Award: E-Ware: An Epilepsy Awareness Campaign Alex Perry & Daragh Tully
Double Trouble – A Study of Twins Annagh McBreen, Clodagh McBreen, Bronagh Rudden
A Study of Asthma Kain O’Connor, Gavin Fitzpatrick, Oisin Harkin
An Investigation into The Lifestyle of a GAA Footballer Conor Bannon, Patrick Lynch, Colin McCauley
The judges commended the students on their excellent work. Judges on the day were:
Sheila Porter, CEO Scifest Ireland; Adrian Farrell, Maths & Science Teacher; Aleksandra Serafin & Rachel Malone, Abbott Ireland.
Commenting on the success of the science fair, Ms Maryann Smith, Principal of St. Aidan’s said: ‘We are delighted to host Scifest@school in our school because the Scifest competition allows the students to develop their study of science, technology, engineering and maths, outside of the classroom and apply it to everyday life. All of the students have worked very hard on their projects and should be very proud of their achievements. We all wish the best of luck to the students going on to the next stage of the Scifest competition which will see them compete in Scifest@College in Dundalk IT.’