Intel student prize awarded at Northern Ireland Science Fair 2011

 

Sentinus Young Innovators is the principal science and innovation fair in Northern Ireland and is one of the largest events of its kind in the UK. It provides a showcase for students to demonstrate a wealth of creativity and innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

 

The fair attracts students from both North and South of Ireland and Intel Ireland is a major supporter of the event, sponsoring the premier award at the Fair - ‘The Sentinus Young Innovator’. Intel also provides a teacher award and judging for the event.

 

Henrik Bruesecke, a 17-year-old student at St Columba’s Comprehensive School in Donegal, was awarded the title of ‘Sentinus Young Innovator 2011’ for his innovative ICT workload management programme. Henrik developed an OpenCl program to optimise the performance of his computer workload by distributing the workload between multiple processors dynamically between CPU and GPU.

 

For his award Henrik will receive an all expenses paid trip to attend and exhibit at Intel ISEF 2012 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. His teacher Ms Kathleen Molloy also received the Intel educator of excellent award and also receives an all expenses paid trip to attend at Intel ISEF 2012.

 

Henrik is a past winner of the Intel SciFest@Letterkenny Institute of Technology and also a category award winner at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

 

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Further Information

 

About Sentinus Young Innovators

Sentinus Young Innovators is one of the largest events of its kind in the UK and provides a showcase for students to demonstrate the wealth of creativity and innovation which exists in schools and colleges. For mroe information visit the event website.

 

About Intel
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:

Web - intel.ie  |   Twitter - @Intel_IRL   |   Facebook - Intel Ireland

 

 

We are delighted to bring you details of the Intel European Research and Innovation Conference 2011 which will take place in Leixlip, Ireland on October 12, 13 and 14.

 

The theme for the conference is ‘Building a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Society through Research and Innovation Partnership’. The conference will include a number of high-profile keynote speakers drawn from across industry and academia and will focus on the following research focus areas:

 

  • Silicon & Nanotechnology
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Enabling Sustainability through Technology
  • Many Core and Architecture
  • Embedded / Automotive Computing
  • Social Participation and Digital Communities

 

Call for Abstracts –Deadline for Submissions Sunday August 28

At this time we are also delighted to issue a call for abstracts related to the conference themes listed above.

 

Please click here for full information on the call for Abstracts including templates,timelines and selection process. Please note that if accepted, abstract authors will be expected to display posters and may be given an opportunity to present at the conference.

 

Registration Coming Soon!

Details of ERIC 2011 are now available on the conference website and the registration tool for the event will open to delegates on Thursday July 29th.

 

 

Further Information

 

About the Intel European Research and Innovation Conference

The  Intel European Research and Innovation Conference aims to promote a world class research and innovation ecosystem in Europe through focused research and innovation between enterprise, academia and policy makers and to advance further understanding of applied strategic research in specific focus areas. For further information visit the ERIC 2011 website.

 

About Intel
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:

Web - intel.ie  |   Twitter - @Intel_IRL   |   Facebook - Intel Ireland

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

- A total of 2907 second-level students exhibited 1243 projects in SciFest 2011.

- This represents an increase of around 10% on the 2010 numbers bringing the total student participation in the four years since the national launch of SciFest to 9148 students.

- The year also saw for the first time the introduction of Scifest@School and Scifest@Intel.

 

The SciFest project was set up to encourage a love of science through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and to provide a forum for students at local/regional level to present and display their scientific investigations. The initiative is funded by Intel Ireland and Discover Science and Engineering as project partners and was launched nationwide four years ago.

 

Evident from the rapid growth of the Scifest initiative in its short history is that the approach to the teaching and learning of science in Ireland is moving away from the traditional talk and chalk to a more investigative student-centered approach. A total of 2907 second-level students exhibited 1243 projects in SciFest 2011, an increase of around 10% on the 2010 numbers bringing the total student participation in the four years since the national launch of SciFest to 9148 students.

 

SciFest started as a series of one-day science fairs (SciFest@College) set up to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in second-level schools. The fairs are hosted each year by the 14 Institutes of Technology (ITs) and the University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Derry. With the numbers increasing so rapidly it was decided last January to introduce two new levels of participation.

 

The first new level of participation involved five schools being recruited to pilot SciFest@School. They were offered support which enabled them to run their own in-house SciFest science fair. On the day of the fair SciFest advisors visited the school and talked to the students about their projects. The aim was to guide and encourage the students rather than select winning projects. In total 512 students participated and the feedback from the schools was very positive. It is intended to expand the programme nationwide in 2012. Resources and Best Known Methods will be posted on the SciFest website, www.scifest.ie

 

The second innovation for 2011 is the establishment of SciFest@Intel. For Scifest@Intel each of the Intel Best Project award winners from the IT events nationwide (SciFest@College) have been invited to exhibit at the Intel facility in Leixlip on the 28th of October. The projects will be evaluated and one project will be selected to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) which is held annually in May in the U.S.

 

The first SciFest@College of 2011 was held in Limerick IT on Tuesday 5th of April and the events then ran until the 27th of May. The projects were varied and ranged from inventions such as an ingenious solar driven wellington boot cleaner to a study of the relationship between school entry age and academic performance. There were lots of prizes to be won at each fair. These included the Intel Best Project Award, the Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award, and the BT Best Communicator Award. To support the new Project Maths programme NCE-MSTL sponsored a Maths Award at each IT and in additon, to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry 2011, PharmaChemical Ireland sponsored a special chemistry prize.

 

Around 85% of projects entered into SciFest are group projects. Collaboration and sharing information are important elements of completing a project and the process encourages students to value each others strengths while tolerating each other’s weaknesses. In this way SciFest enables peer support and learning. The judging process also has a number of important outcomes. It serves not only to access and score the project but provides immediate verbal feedback on how the project might go forward and this helps build the student’s confidence and belief in their ability ‘to do science’. In addition the nature of the SciFest model affords students the opportunity to visit a third-level college, view the facilities and get information on the various STEM courses available.

 

Sheila Porter, Scifest Project Manager was delighted with the results of this year's initiative and commented, "Our fast changing world requires today's students to be problem solvers and critical thinkers. Participating in science fairs such as SciFest promotes this type of learning and encourages students to use authentic research practices to create innovative solutions to real-world problems. No matter how simple or complicated the investigation the SciFest experience takes students to a level beyond just memorising facts. Having learned to work collaboratively, solve problems and communicate and present their ideas they will be more likely to leave school equipped with the necessary skills to become the innovators of tomorrow".

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Further Information

 

About Scifest

SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs funded by Intel Ireland and Discover Science and Engineering as project partners and hosted nationwide by the Institutes of Technology. A SciFest fair includes a competition and exhibition of projects, a selection of science talks, science demonstrations in the college laboratories and a prize-giving ceremony. In each venue students compete for a number of awards including; Intel Best Project Award, Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award, BT Best Communicator Award, and the Discover Sensors Award. For more information visit www.scifest.ie.

 

About Intel
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:

Web - intel.ie  |   Twitter - @Intel_IRL   |   Facebook - Intel Ireland

 

 

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