SciFest Students Win at GYSTB 2021

SciFest Students Win at GYSTB 2021

Irish students win awards at international science and technology fair!

~ SciFest finalists win five awards at the Hong Kong Global Youth Science and Technology Bowl 2021~

21 June 2021 – Five SciFest projects represented Ireland at the virtual Hong Kong Global Youth Science and Technology Bowl (GYSTB) 2021 at the weekend and claimed a Bronze Grand Award, two second-place category awards and two Honourable Mentions.

The Grand Award was claimed by Erinn Leavy and Sophie McArdle from St Vincent’s Secondary School in Dundalk for their project, An Analysis of Physiological and Running Metrics in 3km Cross Country Running in Comparison to Track and Treadmill. The girls set out to investigate if cross country running was better preparation for marathons than track or treadmill training.

GYSTB is organised by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and was broadcasted live globally on 20 June. The competition attracted 133 project entries from 26 countries or regions all competing for prizes. This year eight Irish students from five different schools were invited to enter their projects into the finals following their performances in last year’s SciFest National Final. Regeneron ISEF Champion Conor Casey from Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, won a second-place award, as did Giulia Baratta from St Andrew’s College in Dublin. Caoimhín O'Leary from Ard Scoil na Mara, Tramore, Co. Waterford and Dara Newsome, Conor Bradshaw and David Hughes from Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee, Co. Kerry, achieved Honourable Mentions.

Speaking about their award, Erinn Leavy said: "Sophie and I are absolutely over the moon to receive an overall Bronze Grand Award. It is such a great honour to get to compete on a global stage against people from all over the world. This is a fantastic reward for our hard work and it is great to see our research acknowledged by international experts. It is also a great testament to the essential support and encouragement given to us by our families, our teacher Mr White and all the staff of St Vincent’s Secondary School. We are also grateful to SciFest who give us the opportunity to compete on the international stage and achieve this goal.”

Sheila Porter, SciFest Founder and CEO commented: “We are all immensely proud of all the SciFest students who represented Ireland at the Hong Kong Global Youth Science and Technology Bowl this year. Their great success in this prestigious international competition is testament, not only their ingenuity, commitment and hard work, but to the standard of Irish STEM education. We commend the students for their dedication in continuing to work on their projects despite the challenges presented by the Covid restrictions. We are delighted that the students have had the opportunity to bring their projects to an international audience. Well done to all of them on their awards and we wish them every success for the future.”

SciFest is the largest, most inclusive STEM event for second level students in Ireland. SciFest is free to enter and open to everyone across the island of Ireland, no matter their geographical location, school or scientific ability. The most important thing for SciFest is the participation of students and encouraging their interest in STEM in a fun and engaging way. The SciFest 2021 National Final will take place on the 19th November 2021.

SciFest is funded primarily by Intel and Boston Scientific who have recently been joined by Accenture, Fenergo and Grifols in a growing community of supporters.


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