Loreto school the tops at SciFest

Nearly 150 second level students from all over Tipperary and nearby counties showcased their impressive scientific discoveries and explorations at SciFest at LIT Tipperary, Thurles, recently, as part of a series of one-day science fairs that have been taking place this year at Institutes of Technology across the country. Over 70 science projects were displayed at SciFest at LIT Tipperary, with the students delving into a range of investigations, the results of which are bound to raise a few eyebrows.

Nearly 150 second level students from all over Tipperary and nearby counties showcased their impressive scientific discoveries and explorations at SciFest at LIT Tipperary, Thurles, recently, as part of a series of one-day science fairs that have been taking place this year at Institutes of Technology across the country. Over 70 science projects were displayed at SciFest at LIT Tipperary, with the students delving into a range of investigations, the results of which are bound to raise a few eyebrows.

The topics addressed included clean air, why young people go on diets, the micro-organisms present on teachers’ desks, how the type of reward affects the ability of a dog to be trained, the growth of plants using magnetised water and levels of sulphur dioxide in air.

SciFest is funded by Intel Ireland and Discover Science and Engineering as project partners and hosted nationwide by the Institutes of Technology and the University of Ulster.

Three students from the Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel - Elaine Butler, Leanne Murphy and Gemma O’Dwyer, under the supervision of their teacher, Nuala Smith - were the overall winners of SciFest at LIT Tipperary and the recipients of the Intel Award for their project Teen Gamble: Win or Lose.

Dr. Graham Love, Discover Science and Engineering Programme, Science Foundation Ireland, said “The increasing level of interest in science subjects at second level is very positive as this really is the path to a sustainable future. SciFest allows students to become actively engaged in a hands-on manner and seeing the projects here today highlights the exceptional talent and skills of our future generation”.