National Final Award Winners 2018

National Final Award Winners 2018

The SciFest 2018 National Final in Association with SFI took place in the Marino Conference Centre, Dublin on Friday 9 November 2018. The overall winners from each of the 16 regional SciFest science fairs and 11 of the top runners-up exhibited their projects and competed for a number of awards, including the SciFest 2018 Science Foundation Ireland Intel ISEF Award - a trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip to Phoenix, Arizona to represent Ireland in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May 2019.

This year saw the introduction of a new award - the Broadcom MASTERS Award. The recipient won a trophy and an all expenses paid trip, accompanied by a parent/guardian, to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS International Programme, including attendance at ISEF in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2019.

The National Final included a competition for the best of the winners of the Boston Scientific Medical Devices award at the 16 regional fairs. This year the standard was exceptionally high and 6 projects were selected to compete at the National Final.

To view the project abstracts of all national finalists, please click here.


SciFest National Final 2018 - Award Winners

Award

SciFest 2018 Science Foundation Ireland Intel ISEF Award

Student

Adam Kelly

Project

An Open Source Solution to Simulating Quantum Computers Using Hardware Acceleration

School

Skerries Community College, Balbriggan St, Skerries, Co. Dublin

Teacher

Louise Sullivan

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Award

Berlin Long Night of Science 2018 Award

Student

Odhran Brady

Project

Quantifying Whiplash: An IoT Sensoring Approach to Help Reduce Insurance Claims Costs

School

Salesian College, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Teacher

Jorges Andres

o

Award

Boston Scientific Medical Devices 2018 Grand Award

Student

Nicole Marinos

Project

Visual Communication Device to Promote Patient Participation and Wellness During Magnetic Resonance Imaging

School

Christ King Girls' Secondary School, Half Moon Lane, South Douglas Road, Cork

Teacher

Denise Quilter

o

Award

Broadcom MASTERS Award 2018

Student

Éabha Kenny

Project

The Investigation of how Microwave Radiation Affects Living Organisms

School

Scoil Muire gan Smal, Convent of Mercy, Roscommon Town, Co. Roscommon

Teacher

Padraig Harlow

o

Award

The Abbott Ireland Life Sciences Award

Students

Emma Kelly, Brian Conlon

Project

Ireland’s Burning Problem: A Study of the Ecological Impact of Irish Gorse Fires

School

Moate Community School, Church Street, Moate, Co. Westmeath

Teacher

Mairead Cusack

o

Award

ISTA 2018 Award

Students

Conn Caomhánach, Con Ó Meachair

Project

Investigating the Biological Benefits of EM Probiotics in Agriculture

School

Meanscoil Gharman, Brownswood, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Teacher

Elaine Nic Réamoinn

o

Award

THEA 2018 Award

Students

Tony O'Halloran, Aidan Mamo Cooney

Project

Applications of Queuing Theory to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Ireland

School

Coláiste An Spioraid Naoimh Bishopstown, Cork

Teacher

Tim Kerins

o

Award

SciFest STEM Outreach Award 2018

Students

Darragh Fleming, Ethan O Neill, Colm Looney

Project

Deer Watch

School

Coláiste Bhréanainn, Cill Airne, Co. Chiarraí

Teacher

Marian O'Gorman

o

Award

SciFest Scientist of the Future Award

Student

Leo Camacho

Project

Making Social Media a Better Place Using Artificial Intelligence

School

St Eunan's College, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Teacher

Jane Gill

o

Award

Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award

Student

Adam Kelly

Project

An Open Source Solution to Simulating Quantum Computers Using Hardware Acceleration

School

Skerries Community College, Balbriggan St, Skerries, Co. Dublin

Teacher

Louise Sullivan

o

Award

Mu Alpha Theta Award

Students

Tony O’Halloran, Aidan Mamo Cooney

Project

Applications of Queuing Theory to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Ireland

School

Coláiste An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork

Teacher

Tim Kerins

o

Award

The American Psychological Association Award

Student

Paul Hamilton

Project

What Makes a Good Science Teacher? A Statistical Analysis of Diverse Second-Level Student and Teacher Attitudes on What Constitutes a Good Science Teacher

School

Ardscoil Ris, North Circular Rd, Limerick

Teacher

Diane Condon

o

Award

Yale Science and Engineering Association

Student

Ronan Mullane

Project

Desmond College, Station Road, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

School

Scrum Developer

Teacher

Donal Enright

o

Each of the 64 finalists was also presented with an Excellence in STEM Award to mark their achievement in reaching the National Final of SciFest 2018.



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