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Scifest 2018

25th January 2018

Yesterday the college was the setting for a range of scientific projects which were put on display before a group of judges. The projects were completed by the Junior Cycle year groups and our TY students and involved fresh, exciting and new ideas in a range of different areas, from Biology through to Physics. Students also put their communication skills to the test as they presented their projects to the judges, explaining the value behind their research and conclusions. 

Below are the winners for the represented year groups who will go on to AIT to represent the college on a national level:

  • 1st Year Winners: Agrifeed - Matthew O'Reilly, Dara Kennedy and Aaron Fagan
  • 2nd Year Winners: Chicken Manure as a Fertilizer - Ryan Nea and Aaron Daly
  • TY Winners: "Why don't you drink?" Rebecca O'Keefe and Megan D'arcy

Shiela Porter, founder and CEO of Scifest was on hand to help with the judging and spent the afternoon discussing the various presentations with the students. 

Commenting on the success of the science fair, Deputy Principal James McGrath said: “We are delighted to host SciFest@School in our school because the SciFest competition allows 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 Castlepollard Community College.

Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO added: “Since SciFest@School was launched nationwide in 2011 it has gone from strength to strength. I am continually amazed by the passion and dedication demonstrated by the students. SciFest@School is a celebration of STEM subjects. It encourages students to push the boundaries of the classroom, use their knowledge of science, investigate and be creative in their projects. The achievement of these students is an inspiration to us all and is a tribute to them and to the hard work and support of their teachers.”

Well done again to all involved and best of luck to those going on to the competition in AIT.




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