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Science win for St Conaire’s

PUPILS from St Conaire’s National School, Shannon were among the winners at the annual Intel Mini Scientist Competition.

The St Conaire’s project was entitled Smart schools have the answer and those involved were Shauna Fisher, Arshia Dhman, Nicole Dickerson and Siofradh O’Sullivan. Pupils from Kilmurry National School in Sixmilebridge were among the runners-up.
Children in fourth, fifth and sixth classes from across the country worked on projects for the competition, which has two phases.
The first one involves pupils participating at local level exhibitions where Intel judges visit the participating schools, choosing two winning projects in each.
The second phase saw the winning projects take part in the grand final, which was hosted on December 9 and 10 at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip.
The Intel Mini Scientist programme is based on the development by pupils of science projects for exhibition and aims to encourage a love of science through an investigative approach to learning.
The initiative supports the primary science curriculum, with pupils basing their projects on one of the four strands contained within the national curriculum which are living things, energy and forces, materials and environmental awareness and care.
The 2010 competition saw more than 2,600 pupils from 37 schools taking part, making it the biggest year yet for the programme. The final brought together more than 200 of these pupils, who were competing for one of the six overall and six runner-up prizes on offer.
At the final, the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up of Intel employees.


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