Hot on the heels of their Young Scientist success, Timahoe NS students struck science-gold once again at the Intel Mini Scientist Fair.
This is the second year the school has taken part in the event, and they were the only Laois school to enter.
From rampaging reptiles to balloons, to wonderful water and terrific tractors; from the science of soccer to sound; fingerprints, Alzheimer’s, fizzy drinks, caterpillars, smokers, no topic was out of bounds for the students from 3rd to 6th class.
It was a very difficult task for Intel adjudicators Ann Tilson and James Doone, who marveled at the diversity of the projects and the passionate enthusiasm.
“The level of engagement and cooperation was fascinating,” said Ann Tilson, “and all students clearly displayed a deep interest in and knowledge of their chosen subject.”
She also praised the staff of Timahoe NS. “Your teachers are bringing the world to you here, straight into your classrooms, from artists to scientists, musicians to writers, resulting in a fabulously broad education base,” she said.
First prize was awarded to 6th class girls Alice Carew and Tara Scully for their Super Sound project, which posed the question What surface works best with the Boom Ball and why?
Joint runner-up prizes went to Chloe Delaney, 6th class, for her Vicious Volcanoes project, and to Remeen Omer, also 6th class, for Wonderful Water.
All participating students received a prize bag and a certificate. A science resource pack was also presented to the school.
Principal Ann Bergin expressed gratitude to Intel, school staff and the students who are “undoubtedly the bright lights for the future.”
“From this we have severable viable proposals for the 2015 Young Scientist, and it should certainly strengthen our chances of getting the much coveted Maths/Science Excellence Award from Discover Primary Science for the third year,” she said.