Young Scientist & Scifest

BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

Since the school opened in 2008, students are encouraged to submit projects every year into the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS. The Science department believes that the Young Scientist heightens student’s interest in science and allows for the exploration of personal interest areas and also engages students in scientific investigation beyond class work. By carrying out these investigations students enhance science process skills such as identifying controls and variables, using scientific tools, observation and communication skills. All students are encouraged to enter as it fosters a lifelong interest in science. Since entering this competition four years ago we have received five highly commended projects.


Scifest

We started entering projects into SCIFEST in 2010. By submitting projects we believe it instills appreciation for the relevance of science in everyday life. As the application process is more student friendly it allows students of all levels to submit projects and enjoy the experience. In the first year we submitted 2 projects, last year we submitted 11 projects (maximum allowed). This year 2012/2013 due to the increase interested in the competition it was suggested that we hold a “Mini Scifest” in the school and Judges will be sent out to mark the projects and the top four project will be selected and submitted to Scifest in Blanchardstown IT.

Success to date:

Young Scientist

  • 2008/2009 Roksana Nowicha and Gregor Skuza were awarded a high commended for their project .
  • 2009/2010 -Roksana Nowicha , Gregor Skuza and Joanna Skuza were awarded a high commended for their project titled “Ireland –Remain or Return?”
  • Aisling Collinge and Emer Mc Gettrick were awarded a high commended for their project titled “To Investigate the use of colour in the retention and organisation of information.”
  • 2010/2011 – Chloe Ryan and Sarah Fisher were awarded a high commended for their project titled “The effects of sleep deprivation on academic achievement.”
  • 2011/2012 – Greg Bauer and Ben Morris were awarded a high commended for their project titled “Video games Vs School books”

Scifest

  • 2010/2011 – Amy Holland Winner of the Junior Technology Section
  • 2011/2012- Andy Madden , Hugh O’Brien and Cian Maher winner of the intermediate Technology section with their project the “garden moisture sensor”. Chloe Bowbrick-Lynch and Emily Sexton’s project “Stain Fright” which investigated the effectiveness of different brands of washing powder on removing stains came 2nd in the Junior Science group.