CBS student’s technology project named ‘Best Overall’

Kilkenny CBS student Simon Bluett won the “Intel Best Overall Project Award” in the Carlow Scifest 2012 on April 26.

Kilkenny CBS student Simon Bluett won the “Intel Best Overall Project Award” in the Carlow Scifest 2012 on April 26.

Scifest is a Science and Technology Exhibition for second-level students. It encourages pupils from all secondary schools to develop a love of science, maths and technology through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and it provides a place for students to present and display their scientific investigations.

This year’s Carlow Scifest had over 100 entries involving more than 200 students from 19 schools. Fourteen judges examined all of the projects and selected the winners.

Simon won the “Intel Best Overall Project Award,” which consisted of a trophy and a place in the competition final at Intel in October.

He will compete against the 24 other winners from the Scifest venues from across Ireland. The award was sponsored by Intel, which has been sponsoring the competition for several years.

A transition-year student, Simon also demonstrated his technoligal prowess as a Junior Cert student when he came third in Ireland in the Junior Certificate Technology Examination.

For his practical project he designed a child’s motorised mobile and night light, which caught the eye of the examiner, who deemed it worthy to be one of the best projects in Ireland.

There was a recent award ceremony held at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Galway, where Simon was acknowledged for his achievement and was presented with a unique certificate.

Those at CBS applauded Simon on his efforts thus far and wished him well as he embarks on his senior cycle studies in August.