Johnstown students compete in Scifest

Johnstown students compete in Scifest
Fifty two students from Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown competed in this year’s Scifest competition at Waterford IT at the end of last month.

Fifty two students from Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown competed in this year’s Scifest competition at Waterford IT at the end of last month.

Scifest consists of four distinct strands, local, regional, national and international. The aim of the project is to encourage a love of science and technology through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and to provide a forum to display and present their personal scientific investigations.

There was a tough competition on the day with over 77 projects from across the region. Students represented both junior and intermediate categories with twenty two projects.

Investigations included the Farm Safety App, ‘sugar in hay makes horses neigh’, a comparison of different fertilisers on the growth rate of given plants, the effect of audience on sporting performance and low fat no taste, just to name a few. Students were interviewed by experts in technology, life, chemical and physical sciences.

All of the projects received excellent feedback and praise for students’ hard work, ingenuity and inquiry skills. Projects that were selected for extra merit included Justin Cleere and Sean Power, who won ‘Best use of Technology’ for their electronic vibrating mat that will help deaf people communicate via mobile phone.

‘Best Overall Junior Project’ was awarded to Amy Dunphy and Laura O Sullivan for “Are we becoming the shape of the chair?” Meanwhile, Harry Burke, John Mansfield and David Fitzpatrick won ‘Best Communicators’ award from Newstalk.