Kildare's mini scientists in final

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Kildare's mini scientists in final

Donal Fitzpatrick from Scoil Phadraig in Clane with part of his group's project Good Vision is Good for Sport pictured at the Mini Scientist Regional Final which took place on Thursday and Friday at t

Two primary schools in Kildare were chosen for the Mini Scientist regional finals.

Over the past number of months, 4th, 5th and 6th class students from across Ireland have been getting hands on with science and showcasing their big ideas as they took part in the annual Intel Mini Scientist competition.

The two Kildare projects chosen were Good vision is good for sport from Scoil Phadraig, Clane, and Pollution Solution from St. Laurence’s NS, Sallins.

The competition, which kicked off in September, gives young students the chance to explore science through project based learning and exhibitions.

The first phase of the program involves students participating at exhibitions in their own schools which are visited by Intel employees who judge the first round of exhibitions and select from each school a winning project to go forward to a regional final.

Regional finals were then held on Thursday December 8 and Friday December 9 at the Intel campus in Leixlip.

The 2016 competition saw more than 4,000 students from 101 schools in 15 counties across Ireland taking part and the Regional Finals in Leixlip brought together almost 250 students from 80 different schools to take part and exhibit their work.

At the Regional Final events the participants exhibited their projects for a panel of judges, which was made up from Intel employees, who had the difficult task of choosing the winning projects from the very creative variety.

The winning projects will go forward to the Helix at Dublin City University on February 3 2017 at the Mini Scientist National final which will bring together 24 different projects from around the country, all of which are being selected at Regional Final events.