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SciFest success for Mary Immaculate Secondary School

05-August-20
SciFest success for Mary Immaculate Secondary School

There was great joy among a number of students who entered projects in SciFest at LIT Moylish when the winners were announced on Friday. Little did they think that they would scoop 12 awards with their four projects. This year the SciFest@college competition was held online. The students submitted their written project and a short video for the judges to examine.

Alice Davoren and Emily Cullinan had entered a project entitled “The Grey Area within Greywater”. In this project they looked at the effect greywater has on the level of nutrients in the soil, on plant growth and earthworm population. Having developed an educational program for educating people about the negative effects of the use of greywater, they won the junior water section in the Young Environmentalists competition. In SciFest they took four awards. They received the Runner-up Best Project Award, the Environmental Award, the Chemistry Award and first place in the Junior Life Sciences category.

Jack Rush and Matthew Irwin had a project entitled “The heads up on headphones, are they damaging teenagers hearing?” In the project, they looked at whether the type of headphones and earbuds used by teenagers to listen of music with affects the risk to their hearing. The advice they would give is that at higher volumes all types of earphone can damage your hearing, so turn down the volume. In SciFest they took three awards for their efforts. They received the Institute of Physics Award, the Irish Science Teachers' Association Award and second place in the Junior Life Sciences category.

Shauna O’Kane had also entered a project. The title of her project was “Bits or bitless, that is the question?” In the project she looked at whether horses display discomfort when using a bit as against using a hackamore and if their performance is affected by it. In SciFest she took two awards for her research. She received a Merit Award as well first place in the Intermediate Life Sciences category.

Dylan Egan with his project entitled “Teachers and Technology: Breaking Down the Barriers”. His project was an Investigation into the main factors preventing post-primary teachers from integrating Information and Communications Technology (ICT) into their routine in the classroom. With schools closed and teaching continuing online this project was very relevant to the current situation. In SciFest he took two awards for his research. He received a Merit Award as well first place in the Senior Life Sciences category.

The school also won the RSC School Chemistry Award (Royal Society of Chemistry Republic of Ireland Section). Their teacher Mr. Sims congratulated the students and was delighted that all the hard work of the students had reaped rewards for them.

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