PHOTO GALLERY: Science whiz kids at Hewetson NS, Clane

Intel mini scientists

Henry Bauress

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A Clane school is set to take the science world by storm with a variety of top class projects.

Hewetson National School held its Science exhibition on Wednesday, October 26. This is the second year the school has participated in the Intel Mini Scientist exhibition.

Twenty three pupils got involved from 5th and 6th classes. The projects were of a very high standard covering a huge range of topics, from candles to cats’ purrs.

The pupils were encouraged to follow the ‘Scientific Method’ in approaching their projects. Their experiments included: Can you produce electricity with salt water? Can air pressure defy gravity? Water Quality - how good is our water? Giving insulation the third degree, Does soap affect plant growth? and Pitch and Hearing — What notes make noise?

The Intel judges selected Tom Wheeler’s project — Food Ingredients: What else are the good for?’ — to go forward to the regional finals at Intel. Tom explored other used for ingredients such as salt, lemon, bread soda and vinegar.

“We had a very successful day and all the pupils, parents, and staff came to view our projects,” said teacher Emma Milsom.

The Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition is a competition for primary school students in which they develop science related projects which are exhibited at fairs within their own schools. Winning projects selected at this school level exhibition then go on to take part in the Mini Scientist Regional Final event with the possibility of continuing on to the Grand Final event. The competition, which is open to 4th, 5th and 6th class students, supports the Primary Science curriculum and is a great way to encourage enthusiasm and practical learning in the area of science. In 2015, over 6,000 students participated in Mini Scientist from 14 different counties with 92 different schools taking part.