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Ronan Mullane, Desmond College Wins SciFest@Limerick Institute of Technology

Ronane Mullane to represent Limerick and Clare at Ireland’s largest STEM competition

Post-primary school students from schools all over Limerick, Clare and Tipperary taking science to the next level with over 110 projects at SciFest@  LIT 2018

Of the over 110projects exhibited at SciFest@LIT 2018, the top prize on the day went to Ronan Mullane from Desmond College Newcastlewest for his technology-based project, Scrum Developer.

As one of the 16 regional venues hosting a SciFest STEM fair, SciFest@LIT saw more than 240 students from schools all over the region exhibit almost 115 projects at LIT and put their knowledge of science to the test.

SciFest@LIT co-ordinator LIT Science Lecturer Marie Walsh  said:

As always, the projects entered by the students in SciFest are impressive, engaging and thought-provoking. It is clearly evident from the high standard of research that has gone into the entries this year that second-level  students from across the region are passionate about  science, technology, engineering and maths. 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 which is a perfect fit for LIT’s philosophy for learning through a fusion of theory and practice.”

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.

Commenting on the SciFest@ LIT regional STEM fair Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO said:

“ 2017 was the tenth anniversary for SciFest and a hugely successful year with another big increase in the number of students taking part. In total 10,000 students exhibited their projects in local and regional STEM fairs across the country. We are sure that 2018 will be another successful 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.

Ronan’s project developed from his interest in safe-training for rugby players: “

As the game of the rugby becomes more and more physical in both underage and senior rugby, the amount of injuries in the game have increased. The front row suffers the most injuries in the game which is linked to the dangers of the scrum. My device is made to help underage players learn a proper technique from an early age. I believe that learning to scrummage properly from a younger age will help them in the future by avoiding potential injuries while learning a technique that will give them the advantage in the scrum against opposition.”

SciFest 2018 will be the fourth year of the prestigious Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award, which is presented at each of the 16 regional science fairs; the overall winners of this award will go on to compete for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award  at the national final in November.

The SciFest@LIT winners were  Ciara Nic Uiginn and Niamh Fennessy from Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh for their project - Ag úsáid teicneolaíocht chun cabhrú le daoine le dementia (using technology to help dementia sufferers).

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