History was made by Mountrath Community School recently when two projects picked up awards at the SciFest 2016 National Finals.
“Eco Dishes”, in the physical science category, by 3rd years Marie Keogh, Grace Hanneffy and Roisin McEvoy, was awarded the Spirit of SciFest and Excellence in STEM award.
The team had investigated making a commercially viable dishwasher tablet with all natural ingredients that cleaned dishes as well but did not cause health problems and was friendly to the environment.
They also created a natural washing up liquid and an eco-friendly floor cleaner.
The technology project “Sound’s OK” by Alice Carew and Eugenia Melnikova won the Excellence in STEM award.
Alice and Eugenia came up with their concept after seeing the distress caused by auditory sensitivity at Timahoe NS ASD preschool.
Their unique device comprises comfortable headphones with a music player that contains four calming tracks customised to a child’s favourite sounds.
They aim is to bring “Sound’s OK” from prototype to production.
The school was one of only two nationwide to get two projects to the Grand Final.
Both projects attracted huge interest, with non-stop visitors to their stands.
SciFest is an all-island science initiative to foster collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second level students. This year a record 8000 students exhibited their projects in local and regional science fairs across Ireland.
The Mountrath girls were five out of a chosen 57 students exhibiting 22 projects at the national final held in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin.