Mini Scientists share their big ideas

Primary school students compete at the Intel Mini Scientist Leinster Regional Final

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  • January 26, 2024

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On Wednesday December 13th the Intel Mini Scientist Regional Final for the Leinster area was hosted at the TU Dublin Blanchardstown campus.

For the past number of months, 4th, 5th and 6th class students from across Ireland have been getting hands on with science and showcasing their big ideas as they take part in the annual Intel Mini Scientist competition. The competition, which is now in its seventeenth year, gives young students the chance to explore science through project-based learning and exhibitions.

In the first phase of the competition, students participate at exhibitions in their own schools which are visited by Intel employees who select from each school a winning project to go forward to a regional final.

Regional finals were held at various locations over the past couple of weeks including the event at the TU Dublin Blanchardstown campus which brought together 192 students from 61 different schools in Dublin, Kilkenny, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Westmeath, Wexford, and Wicklow.

18 projects were selected at the event to go forward to the National Grand Final which will take place in the coming weeks.

The 2023 Intel Mini Scientist competition saw more than 6300 students from 93 schools in 18 counties across Ireland taking part.

The participating students shared their projects which each included visual displays, projects books and practical experiments based on a scientific area aligned with the national primary science curriculum.

The participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees who had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects from the very impressive variety.

The 18 winning schools were presented with their prizes by Intel Ireland’s Director of Community Relations, Sarah Sexton, and Phil Smyth, physicist, engineer and broadcaster who was the host of the prize ceremony.

The winning projects from the Leinster Regional Final are;

  • ‘Super Sustainable Goals’ from Faughart Community National School, Dundalk Co. Louth
  • ‘From Laptops to our Ears’ from St. Raphaela's Primary School, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
  • ‘Ant Queen Fertilisation Rates in a Test Tube Environment’ from St. Mary's & St. Gerard's NS, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow        
  • ‘Project on DNA’ from Holy Family NS, Co. Dublin
  • ‘Electro Zap’ from Wicklow Montessori Primary School, Co. Wicklow
  • ‘Solar Powered Cars’ from St Mochta’s National School, Co. Dublin
  • ‘Stress’ from Straffan NS, Co. Kildare
  • ‘Terrific Turbines’ from Newtown NS, Enfield, Co. Meath  
  • ‘Fuel Poverty’ from Kildalkey NS, Co. Meath
  • ‘Homemade Battery’ from SN Colmcille Naofa, Co. Kildare
  • ‘The Peltier Fridge’ from St Patrick’s Primary School, Co. Kildare
  • ‘Centripetal Force’ from Scoil Aine Naofa, Lucan, Co. Dublin
  • ‘Does age affect reaction times?’ from St. Clare's Primary School, Harold’s Cross, Co. Dublin
  • ‘Aviation’ from Scoil Ui Riada, Co. Kildare
  • ‘Blaslóga: Imscrúdú ar conas mar a fhaightear blasanna sa bhéal’ from Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige, Co. Dublin
  • ‘Hydroelectricity’ from Gorey Educate Together NS, Co. Wexford
  • ‘Cross body dominance’ from St Olafs NS, Co. Dublin
  • ‘Perfect Pace’ from Scoil Mhuire Fatima, Portlaoise, Co. Laois