For the past month, 4th, 5th and 6th class students from 14 schools in the Kildare region have been working hard to impress as they take part in the annual Intel Mini Scientist competition. The competition, which has been running since 2003, has two phases. The first phase involves students participating at local level exhibitions where Intel judges visit the participating schools, choosing two winning projects in each. The second phase saw each of these winning projects come on site to take part in a Regional final, which took place on Thursday, November 27th.
The children had to base their projects on one of the four strands contained within the National Primary Science Curriculum which are; Living Things, Energy and Forces, Materials, and Environmental Awareness and Care.
The Regional final saw the selected groups display their work to a panel of Intel judges who had the arduous task of choosing six winners from the very creative variety. The judging panel was made up of volunteers from Ireland Fab Operations Staff. Employees also had the chance to go and view the work of the local children.
After much deliberation the judges announced their six winners:
- Power and Solar Energy, Scoil Mochua, Celbridge
- Genes and DNA, Scoil Mhuire, Leixlip
- The Power of Static, Scoil Eoin Phoil, Leixlip
- Stop Pollution, Think of a Solution, Maynooth BNS, Maynooth
- Energy, Scoil Ui Fhiaich, Maynooth
- Global Warming and Electricity, The Glebe, Leixlip
The schools that participated in the exhibition were:
- The Glebe
- Scoil Uí Rhiada
- St Patricks Boys National School, Clane
- Scoil Mhuire, Lucan
- Scoil Uí Fhiaich
- San Carlo
- Maynooth BNS
- Scoil na Mainistreach
- Scoil Eoin Phoil
- Scoil Mhuire
- North Kildare Educate Together
- Scoil Bhride
- Caragh National School
- Scoil Mochua
Sarah Sexton, Intel's External Relations Specialist was delighted with the success of this years competition, "This year we opened the competition to more schools, involving more participants which we believe is a great way to encourage enthusiasm and practical learning in science."
The winning projects will progress to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2009 in the RDS at the start of January and present their work at the Primary Science section.
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