Mayo student Aoife Bell from St Joseph’s College, Castlebar, received an Intel Excellence in Science medal for her project entitled ‘Caffeine: A help or hindrance’, at the SciFest 2010 awards.
Minister Conor Lenihan launched SciFest 2010 where 33 second-level students were awarded Intel Excellence in Science medals in recognition of their achievement in SciFest 2009.
SciFest is a national festival of science organised regionally in collaboration with the institutes of technology. It is open to all second level students. The aim is to encourage a love of science through project-based learning and to provide more opportunities for students to present and display the results of their scientific investigations. The SciFest initiative is jointly funded by Intel and Discover Science and Engineering as project partners.
“SciFest is an excellent example of co-operation between industry, education, and Government in the promotion of science education,” Minister Lenihan said at the launch. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Intel for its generous support of science in both schools and colleges over many years and, of course, specifically for its support of the SciFest project. I know that SciFest also receives support from a range of other industries such as BT and Abbott, and institutions, both nationally and locally, and I’m glad of this opportunity to acknowledge their contribution to science education.”