More than 230 second level students from all over Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, and Cavan showcased their impressive scientific discoveries and explorations at SciFest@IT Sligo on May 4th, part of a series of one-day science fairs that will take place this year at Institutes of Technology across the country. Almost 100 science projects were displayed at SciFest@IT Sligo with the students delving into a range of investigations.
The PharmaChemical Ireland Chemistry Award was won by Roise McGagh and Catherine Cleary from Magh Ene College, Bundoran, with their project entitled “Cloud Chambers and how they work”.
Meanwhile, their classmates Ryan O’Sullivan and Dara Sweeney won first Place in the Intermediate Life Science category for their project entitled “An investigation into the effect of playing video games on eye sight”.
SciFest co-ordinator and IT Sligo lecturer, Dr Bill Crowe, said; SciFest@IT Sligo encourages students of varying abilities to develop an interest in science through the investigation of interests and activities from their everyday lives. “SciFest is a great opportunity for students to develop their research and problem solving skills on subject matters that interest them. We value the opportunity to welcome so many secondary school students on to our campus for the event every year; it is our hope that participating in this event will give them an early interest in science and technology.