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Kalin Foy and Ciara Coyle from Colaiste Chiarain Croom to represent Limerick at Ireland’s largest science competition

Kalin Foy and Ciara Coyle win SciFest@LIT

~ Post-primary school students from schools all over Counties Limerick and Clare taking science to the next level with over 110 projects at SciFest@LIT 2016~

Of the over 110 projects exhibited at SciFest@LIT 2016, the top prize on the day went to Kalin Foy and Ciara Coyle from Colaiste Chiarain Croom for their project, ‘To design and manufacture wireless trailer lights’. The runner-up prize went to a team from John the Baptist Community School, Hospital with their project on ‘Educating the Youth of Ireland about Farm Safety’.
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As one of the 15 regional venues hosting a SciFest science fair, SciFest@LIT saw more than 270 students from schools all over the region exhibit almost 110 projects at Limerick Institute of Technology and put their knowledge of science to the test.

SciFest@LIT co-ordinator Marie Walsh, lecturer in the Department of Applied Science said:

“As always, the projects entered by the students in SciFest are impressive, engaging and thought-provoking. Secondary school students from across the region are demonstrating their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths, which is clearly evident from the high standard of research that has gone into the entries this year. SciFest is a competition that aims to encourage students to develop an interest in STEM, while prioritising inclusivity and inquiry-based learning. We are proud to support such a valuable programme.”

SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second-level students. SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Intel and Boston Scientific. Local LIT sponsors were Intel Shannon, Limerick Council Environment Office and Cook Medical.

Commenting on the SciFest@LIT final Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO said:

“2015 was a hugely successful year for SciFest with a record number of students taking part. In total 7,200 students exhibited their projects in local science fairs across the country. This year we intend to build on that success and have another record year. SciFest gives students an excellent opportunity to develop their interest in STEM and inquiry-based approaches to learning, while developing their creative and problem-solving skills and learning to work in a team.”

Kalin and Ciara described their project:

“Our project aims to produce a robust wireless system to operate trailer lights from the car controls. Currently, the lights on the trailer are connected by wires to the car through a 7 pin connector. The trailer end of the connector especially can get damaged and corroded easily. The new system will have two individual lights, one on the left and one on the right of the trailer. Each light will be completely self-contained. The battery, the light, a wireless RF receiver and the controller will be packaged together in a robust manner.”

Students attending SciFest@LIT also got the chance to visit interactive displays by LIT, including SwitchonSTEM, Limerick Council Environment office and Intel Shannon – as well as attend talks on Smart Futures – Science Foundation Ireland’s initiative to inform about careers in STEM. They also heard advice from Brian Ahearne, General Manager of Intel Shannon, at the prize-giving ceremony.

SciFest 2016 will be the second year of the prestigious Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award, which is presented at each of the 16 regional science fairs; the overall winner of this award will receive the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Trophy at the national final in November.

List of Prize Winners

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