The Teresian School hosted its inaugural SciFest@School science fair on Wednesday 17th May. The school has brought projects to Scifest@College on many occasions but this is the first time SciFest has been held in the School.
All 1st and 2nd Year students took part, entering 27 projects in all. The fair was organised and overseen by Science teacher Rachel Hynes Roche. The participants were delighted to see Principals Rosaleen Doherty and Anthony Carty, teachers, Junior and Senior School students and many parents popping in to view the projects during the afternoon.
The projects were judged by a panel of four judges from outside the School including: Phil Smyth, Head of Public Engagement at Cool Planet Experience, broadcaster and Science Communicator; Dr Rachel Clarke, UCD School of Biosystems & Food Engineering; Dr Amanda Sosa, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering and SciFest representative Anne Lynch. The School is indebted to the judges for giving so generously of their time and expertise.
The judges were very impressed with the standard and variety of the projects and commended all the students for their efforts and enthusiasm, encouraging them to actively keep up their interest in Science.
Winners on the day were:
2nd Years First Prize: Lucozade vs Water
Anna Keane, Zara Lynch and Sophie Ritchie
2nd Years Runner up: An Acid Test for Tooth Decay
Caoimhe Egan and Kate McAlinden
1st Years First Prize: Is Plant Growth Affected by Different Types of Water?
Emma Bodley and Penny Caraher
1st Years Runner up: Water Intake – the Effect it has on our Well-being
Sarah Evans, Jenny Murphy and Eve Nolan
Best Experimental Design: Do People Prefer Salt and Vinegar Crisps with or without MSG?
Annabella Moloney and Luíse Stanley
In addition, each student received a SciFest@School certificate of participation.
Our first SciFest@School was a great success – congratulations to everyone involved!