National Science award for St Joseph’s students

Winning students back row (l-r): Ms  Lynch (science teacher), Nicol Bukovska, Ugne Budreckyte, Susan Ralph, Julianna Aitken, Niamh Ward, Brianna Moran and Ms Flannelly (IT teacher). Front row: Lilly Behan, Freya Cresham, Manmehak Kaur, and Lucaí Murphy

Winning students back row (l-r): Ms Lynch (science teacher), Nicol Bukovska, Ugne Budreckyte, Susan Ralph, Julianna Aitken, Niamh Ward, Brianna Moran and Ms Flannelly (IT teacher). Front row: Lilly Behan, Freya Cresham, Manmehak Kaur, and Lucaí Murphy

A second year science class in St Joseph's Secondary School, Castlebar, has been announced as the overall winner in the National Saffron Science Competition for 2016. This year, entrants were asked to create a three minute video around the question 'How science and technology can make managing transportation safer? 

The girls focused on the vulnerable road user, the pedestrian, and developed a prototype of lights embedded in the ground at pedestrian crossings, to enhance the safety of the pedestrian.  This competition aims to promote the practical application of science in secondary schools.

The panel of judges from ITS Ireland and eFlow, sponsors of the competition, praised the quality of research, innovation, and production of the winning entry. The forward thinking students who claimed first place have won an astounding prize of a three day class trip to the European Space Centre, Belgium, in January 2017.

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