Tuesday 23 January 2018

Wexford wins at SciFest

By Amy Lewis

Jade McLoughlin, Our Lady of Lourdes, New Ross
Jade McLoughlin, Our Lady of Lourdes, New Ross
Scifest Competition Exhibitors 27 04 2016
Scifest Competition Exhibitors 27 04 2016
Scifest Competition Exhibitors 27 04 2016

Wexford secondary school students showed off their science skills when they scooped five awards at this year's WIT SciFest.

Tanya Murphy, Rachel Whitty and Emma Behan from Ramsgrange Community School flew the flag for their county when they picked up the Intel Best Technology Award in the Technology category. It was their project 'Kettle Kozy' that caught the eye of the judges on the day.

Meanwhile, Rina Bridgewater and Niamh Egan from St Mary's Secondary School in New Ross were also making waves in the science world. Their project 'An Investigation into How Music Effects the Mood of a Person' won the GSK STEM for Quality of Life in the Life Sciences Category.

Success for New Ross continued when Stacey Whelan, Louise Murphy and Emily Phelan from St Mary's were awarded the Biopharmachemical Ireland Chemistry Award with their project 'EcoDeo'. Meanwhile, another St Mary's student Shauna Roberts was met with some sweet success when her project on how to achieve the best roasted marshmallow was highly commended in the physical science category.

Finally, Amy Hogan from Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School Rosbercon proved that she can talk the science talk when she scooped the Newstalk Best Communicator Award. Amy's project 'Plastics aren't pretty' won her the award from the physical sciences category.

The competition had a large Wexford representation with six schools from the county taking part. Other schools that entered a wide array of projects were St Peters College, Wexford, Presentation Secondary School, Wexford and Christian Brothers Secondary School, New Ross.

SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs for second-level students hosted locally in schools and regional level in third level colleges. Nearly 300 students took part in this year's event, which was held in the WIT college hall.

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