Mary Immaculate Secondary School participated in the SciFest competition which was held in GMIT on 20th May 2015. The school had seven projects entered in the event out of a total of 84 projects. The school was delighted to take home two of the eight awards at the event.
Of the over 80 projects exhibited at SciFest@GMIT 2016, the top prize on the day went to Maghnus Hartigan from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, for his project, Applying Real-Time Physiological Responses to a Virtual Classroom Environment.
Maghnus developed a computer mouse with heart rate and perspiration sensors, integrating an algorithm which uses the data from the sensors to deduce what is exciting or stressing the user, and then adapting the content accordingly. He tested the design, using students from his school in order to gauge the effectiveness of the design. “
Maghnus now goes on to the national final of SciFest 2016 will take place on the 11 November in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin. He plans to further develop his project over the summer.
There was also success for Aoife Dowling and Chloe Geraghty won the Maths in Science Award for their project entitled “Has the location of harebells (Campanula rotundifolia) an effect on the morphology of the plant?” This award is presented to the project with the best use of maths in a project in the competition.
The other students taking part were Róisín O’Donoghue, Ailisha Leneghan, Katie Thomas, Amy Woods, Kate Considine, Sarah Nagle, Katelin Vaughan and Emma McGhee.