Clonmel students win award for survey on teen gambling

Clonmel students Gemma O’Dwyer, Elaine Butler and Leanne Murphy received an Intel Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) medal at the national final of the prestigious SciFest@Intel competition, held at the Leixlip headquarters of the global technology giant on Friday.

Clonmel students Gemma O’Dwyer, Elaine Butler and Leanne Murphy received an Intel Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) medal at the national final of the prestigious SciFest@Intel competition, held at the Leixlip headquarters of the global technology giant on Friday.

The Loreto Secondary Schoolstudents won top prize at the regional SciFest@Limerick Institute of Technology, Thurles event held in May, for their investigation of gambling among teenagers.

The 15 regional SciFest winners were presented with their Intel Excellence in STEM medal by Dr. Graham Love, Director of Discover Science & Engineering (DSE) and Policy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

Is gambling a problem among teenagers? Gemma, Elaine and Leanne surveyed 1566 secondary school students throughout Munster and found that gambling was a significant problem. 96% of males and 92% of females surveyed have gambled to date.

They also found that the most common types of betting among teenagers include sports betting and card games. They compiled an educational module, which they are attempting to integrate into the S.P.H.E. / T.Y. programme, in order to make teenagers aware of the dangers of this silent addiction.

SciFest@Intel gives the winning projects from each of the regional SciFest fairs an opportunity to showcase their projects at the Open Innovation Lab at Intel’s headquarters in Leixlip, Co Kildare. The overall 2012 winner was Simon Bluett, who will now go on to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2013.