National Final Award Winners 2016

The SciFest National Final 2016 took place in the Marino Conference Centre, Dublin on Friday 11 November 2016. The overall winners from each of the 16 regional SciFest science fairs and 6 of the top runners-up exhibited their projects and competed for a number of awards, including the SciFest 2016 Science Foundation Ireland Grand Award - a trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, California to represent Ireland in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May 2017.


The National Final included a competition for the best of the winners of the Boston Scientific Medical Devices award at the 16 regional fairs and also a competition for the best of the winners of the SEAI Sustainable Energy award at the regional fairs.

SciFest National Final 2016 - Award Winners

Award

SciFest 2016 Science Foundation Ireland Grand Award

Student

Caolann Brady

Project

Hum Your Way to Better Health

School

St. Wolstan's Community School, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Teacher

Karen O'Callaghan

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Award

Berlin Long Night of Science 2016 Award

Students

Heather Murphy, Naoise Tobin

Project

Sound Absorbing Paint

School

Sutton Park School, Sutton, Dublin 13

Teacher

Catherine Tattersall

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Award

SEAI INESPO 2016 Award

Students

Ciara Mac Carthy, Claire Lemass

Project

Caonach Cliste

School

Our Lady's Bower, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Teacher

Ciaran Mac Carthy

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Award

Boston Scientific Medical Devices 2016 Grand Award

Students

Lucy Leonard, Michele Mann

Project

Investigating the Difference in Bacterial Contamination when Handling and Using a Device to Insert Contact Lenses

School

Tullamore College, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Teacher

Elaine Howlin

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Award

THEA 2016 Award

Student

Seán Byrne

Project

The Ugly Side of Beauty: An Investigation into Toxic Chemicals used in Cosmetics

School

Avondale Community College, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

Teacher

Aoife Sullivan

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Award

ISTA 2016 Award

Student

Cora Twomey

Project

Does Strongyloides Ransomi Exist on Irish Pig Farms?

School

Davis College, Summerhill, Mallow, Co. Cork

Teacher

Carol O’Sullivan

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Award

Spirit of SciFest 2016 Award

Students

Marie Keogh, Grace Hanneffy, Roisin McEvoy

Project

Eco Dishes

School

Mountrath Community School, Mountrath, Co. Laois

Teacher

Dr Mary Kelly



Each of the 56 finalists was also presented with an Excellence in STEM Award to mark their achievement in reaching the National Final of SciFest 2016.



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