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Cork students take prestigous double win at SciFest 2017

Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 5:47pm

Saving Irish bees and helping the caregivers of dementia sufferers were among the projects that earned Cork secondary students awards recently.

Two sets of Cork students picked up an Excellence in STEM award last Friday at SciFest 2017 in Dublin.

Danila Fedotov, a fifth year student from North Monastery CBS, and Rachel Hodnett, Maeve O’Regan and Aoife Minihan from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty proved themselves to be among the top young scientific minds in Ireland.

Danila developed a wrist worn device for dementia patients that will assist caregivers. The device can detect if the patient falls and it also has a GPS and radio frequency ID module that can detect the dementia patient’s location if they do fall. This information then is sent to the caregiver via internet or text message.

Rachel, Maeve, and Aoife developed a safe pesticide from thyme oil to combat varroa mites in Irish beehives. These mites have become an epidemic in almost every Irish beehive, with deadly consequences for the hive.

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland, presented Danila, and Rachel Maeve and Aoife with their prize – an Excellence in STEM Award. The students secured their places at the National Final after their success at the SciFest regional final in CIT.

The Cork students were among 42 students selected to exhibit their 26 STEM projects at the national final.

SciFest, now in its tenth year, is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific. It is an all-island STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second level students.

The final, held in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin, was also attended by Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills.

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said: "We live in a rapidly changing world and our education system must respond by equipping our young people with the skills and knowledge to thrive in such an environment.

"That is why I have placed such an emphasis on the teaching and learning of STEM in my role as minister, as part of my overall ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe within a decade. Indeed, I will shortly launch a comprehensive STEM plan which will outline how my Department proposes to ignite a passion for the STEM subjects in all students.

"SciFest is an excellent initiative that supports and enhances what we are trying to do at a government level and I am very impressed by the standard of projects displayed here and the amount of work that students and of course, teachers and parents have put in to each and every one."

This year marks the tenth anniversary of SciFest and saw a record number of over 10,000 students participating in local and regional SciFest STEM fairs across the country.

Since its inception in 2008, over 50,000 students have participated in the competition, reflecting a year-on-year increase of 23 per cent in participation.

Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said: "Over the past 10 years SciFest has grown enormously and I am delighted that we have reached this important milestone. Previous entrants have gone on to develop their projects and become leaders in the areas of science, medicine, engineering, information technology and many other fields. I am really excited as to what the next 10 years will bring."

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