Intel Mini Scientist 2019/2020

Intel Regional Final:

On Fri 13th Dec we went to the Oakwood Hotel in Shannon for the regional final of the Intel mini scientist competition. There were approx 30 groups there. When we got there we set up our project and we started rehearsing what we were going to say. The judges came around and they asked us questions about our project, what it was about and why we did it. Then they gave us a goody bag which was really nice!! The photographer then took us out to take our photograph which appeared later that day in the “Images of the Day” on the Irish Times! We featured alongside Tiger Woods and Boris Johnson!! The judges came around twice more before they announced the 6 winners that would go onto the National Final in Maynooth at the end of January. The standard of the other projects was so high we didn’t think we’d get through but when the judges announced we had won, we were thrilled and shaking with excitement!

By Ailbhe Curran  Aoife Reynolds, Andrea Barry and Siofra Quinn

On Thursday the 24th of October, 4th, 5th and 6th took part in the Intel Mini Scientist. Two months ago we were told about the competition. We got to work on our project, making everything that we needed until the day when the judges arrived. It was hard work but as the day crept closer we grew more confident. When the judges came to our project we had to explain all about it. We thought it went well.

On the day the judges went to see all the projects in 4th, 5th and 6th. The standard was very high! Then the judges came back again to some projects before they made their final decision. In 2nd place was “Carbon Footprint” by Sophie Leahy, Ella Farrell, Aoibh Blake and Grace Herbert.

In first place was “Bee Ware” by Ailbhe Curran, Aoife Reynolds, Andrea Barry and Siofra Quinn. This group will now go on to the regional final in Intel Shannon in December.

By Siofra Quinn, Aoife Reynolds and Ailbhe Curran

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