National Final Award Winners 2019

National Final Award Winners 2019

The SciFest 2019 National Final in Association with SFI took place in the Marino Conference Centre, Dublin on Friday 22 November 2019. Overall winners from the regional SciFest STEM fairs and a selection of the top runners-up competed for a number of awards, including the SciFest 2019 Science Foundation Ireland ISEF Award - a trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip to Anaheim, California to represent Ireland in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May 2020.

This year's National Final again included a competition for 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 in Anaheim, California in May 2020.

As in previous years 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 a total of five projects were selected to compete at the National Final for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award which consisted of a trophy and €500.

A new award this year was the Specsavers Making a Difference Grand Award, consisting of a trophy and an all-expenses-paid visit to the Big Bang Science Event in Birmingham in March 2020. A total of seven projects, selected from the winners of the Specsavers Making a Difference Award at the regional fairs, took part in this competition.

To see details of all the awards presented at this year's National Final please click here.

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


SciFest National Final 2019 - Award Winners

Award

SciFest 2019 Science Foundation Ireland ISEF Award

Student

Timothy McGrath

Project

An R&D Study on Using a Nutrient Treatment Biofilter to Combat Oceanic and Freshwater Dead Zones which Harnesses the Intrinsic Potential of Halophyte Species

School

Community College Killorglin, Killorglin, Co Kerry

Teacher

Marieke O'Connor

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Award

Broadcom MASTERS International Programme Award 2019

Student

Orna Collins

Project

Plastics with Potential – Toward a Sustainable Biodegradable

School

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Meal Sior Anraí, Luimneach

Teacher

Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil

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Award

Berlin Long Night of Science Award 2019

Students

Eva Connolly, Ella Shanahan, Willemijn Bosschaert

Project

Can We Effectively Make Biodegradable Clothes? An Investigation

School

Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

Teacher

Brian Higgins

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Award

Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award 2019

Student

Oisín O'Sullivan

Project

iScope - The Design and Development of an Enhanced Digital Stethoscope for Remote Auscultation

School

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

Teacher

Donal Enright

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Award

Specsavers Making a Difference Grand Award 2019

Student

Miriam Murphy

Project

An Investigation into the Childhood Obesity Crisis in Ireland - An Analysis of the Causes and Recommendations for Prevention

School

Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney, Co. Cork

Teacher

Elaine Keane

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Award

Intel Technology Award 2019

Student

Alice Shaughnessy

Project

Omnidirectional Magnetic Driving System

School

Calasanctius College, Oranmore, Co. Galway

Teacher

Christina Kenny

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Award

Society for Science & the Public Award for Community Innovation

Student

Ronan Walsh

Project

"Beat The Drought" - A Smart, Staged, Domestic Greywater, Eco-treatment System Providing a Viable, Sustainable Irrigation Water Supply to Combat Drought and Water Restrictions

School

Coláiste Choilm, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Teacher

Anne Molloy

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Award

SciFest STEM Outreach Award 2019

Students

Elaine Treacy, Eva McMahon, Clodagh Hannan

Project

Seven Times Above the Limit! A Study into Aluminium Levels in Limerick Water Supply (Seacht n-Uaire thar an Teorainn! Imsrúdú ar Leibhéal Alúmanam i Soláthar Uisce Luimnigh)

School

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Meal Sior Anraí, Luimneach

Teacher

Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil

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Award

SciFest STEM Outreach Award Runners-up

Students

Achrafe Boudal, Giovanni Lunganga, Nikkel Oti

Project

GOB Spoons: A Possible Solution to the Difficulties Experienced by Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients as a Result of a Decline in Fine Motor Skills

School

Kishoge Community College, Thomas Omer Way, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Teacher

Kristina Troy

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Award

The Abbott Ireland Life Sciences Award 2019

Student

Viktoryia Kharoshankaya

Project

Psychological and Dietary Aspects in Managing Sugar Cravings

School

Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Road, Cork

Teacher

Aaron O’Sullivan

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Award

THEA Award 2019

Student

Ruth Madden

Project

The Microplastic Filter - A Small Solution to a Global Problem

School

Largy College, Analore Rd, Clones, Co. Monaghan

Teacher

Colette Smith

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Award

ISTA Award 2019

Students

Caomhán Budhlaeir, Illann Wall

Project

Does Every Cloud Have a Silver Lining?

School

Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke Walk, Cork

Teacher

Enda O'Regan

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Award

SciFest Scientist of the Future Award

Student

Aodhán Mc Guinness

Project

Team Performance and the National Football League (NFL) Draft

School

Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co. Kildare

Teacher

Yvonne Nolan

Each of the 74 finalists was also presented with an Excellence in STEM Award to mark their achievement in reaching the National Final of SciFest 2019.

Dec
06 2019
SciFest@School in Tullow Community School, Templeowen, Co. Carlow
Dec
11 2019
SciFest@School in Castlerea Community School, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
Dec
11 2019
SciFest@School in Stratford College (Fair 2), 1 Zion Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 6
Dec
12 2019
SciFest@School in St. Finian's Community College, Castlefarm, Swords, Co. Dublin
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