- The Intel Mini Scientist program is an annual competiton based on the development by primary school students of science projects for exhibiton
- The 2010 competition has seen more than 2600 students take part from 37 schools across Ireland making this the biggest year yet for the program
- The winning projects will progress to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2010 in the RDS at the start of January and present their work at the Primary Science section.
For the past number of weeks, 4th, 5th and 6th class students from across Ireland have been getting hands on with science and working hard to impress as they took 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 take part in the Mini Scientist Grand Final which was hosted on Thursday December 9th and Friday December 10th at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
The Intel Mini Scientist program is based on the development by students of science projects for exhibition and aims to encourage a love of science through an investigative approach to learning. The initiative supports the Primary Science curriculum with students basing their projects on one of the four strands contained within the National Curriculum which are; Living Things, Energy and Forces, Materials, and Environmental Awareness and Care.
The 2010 competition has seen more than 2600 students take part from 37 schools across Ireland making this the biggest year yet for the program. The Grand Final event brought together more than 200 of these students who were competing for one of the 6 overall and 6 runner prizes being awarded.
At the Final event the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges which was made up from Intel employees who had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects from the very creative variety. Intel employees also had the chance to come along and view the work of the students whose projects each included visual displays, projects books and practical experiments.
After much deliberation the judges announced their six winners;
• What Green Energy will we Most Likely Use in the Future? - St. Mochta’s N.S, Clonsilla
• Sunny Rays - North Kildare Educate Together
• Try for Five - St. Pius X G.N.S, Terenure
• Colour Choice by Birds - Presentation Girls Primary School, Maynooth
• Toothkind Ribena, Hype or high PH? - St. Brigids B.N.S, Foxrock
• Smart Schools have the Answer - St. Conaires N.S, Shannon
Six runner-up prizes were also awarded;
• Wind Turbine – The Glebe Montessori
• Lasers - Lame or Legend - St. Mochta’s N.S, Clonsilla
• The Science Behind Mirrors and Lights - Scoil Realt Na Mara, Skerries
• Does Hand Eye Co-ordination Improve with Age – Caragh N.S
• Motor Magic - St. Laurence’s National School (Sallins N.S)
• Water Purification - Kilmurry Sixmile Bridge N.S
Sarah Sexton, coordinator of the Intel Mini Scientist program, was delighted with the success of this year’s competition, "This year we more than doubled the number of students who got involved in the program and at the same time it was fantastic to see an ever high standard of projects amongst the participants – the competition is a great way to get children excited about science and for them to experience practical learning ".
The winning projects will progress to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2010 in the RDS at the start of January and present their work at the Primary Science section.
About Intel Mini Scientist
For more information about the program visit www.miniscientist.ie.
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.ie.
Further images from the event can be found here: