GaelTalk – an immersive virtual reality Irish language learning experience – wins [email protected]


Of the 70 projects exhibited at [email protected] on 6and May 2022, the first prize of the day, the prize for the best project, was awarded to fourth graders Aaron Dignam, Senan Byrne, Ciarán Leddy from St Joseph Rush Secondary School for their project “GaelTalk – an immersive virtual reality Irish language learning experience that can promote Irish language practice”.

Congratulations to the three students and their teacher Daryl Dunne. Winning this award qualifies them to compete in the SciFest 2022 National Finals which will take place in Dublin in November. The National Final winner(s) will represent Ireland and SciFest at the 2023 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Dallas, Texas.

The [email protected] Runner-up Project Award went to second year student Abigail L’Estrange of St Marys Killester Secondary School for her project “Can you build a battery from copper, acid and zinc”. Congratulations to Abigail and her teacher Elaine Durkin.

Commenting on the caliber of this year’s nominations, Dr. Eilish McLoughlin, [email protected] Coordinatormentioned,

We were delighted to be able to welcome students from 18 secondary schools to present their SciFest projects to the DCU Faculty of Science and Health. The judges were impressed with the student’s knowledge and understanding of a wide range of STEM topics. SciFest is a competition that aims to encourage students to develop an interest in STEM, while prioritizing inclusivity and inquiry-based learning, and it’s a competition that DCU is very proud of. sustain “.

Sheila Porter, CEO and Founder of SciFestadded,

We again received a huge number of registrations this year and the standard was as high as we expected from the SciFest attendees. At SciFest, our goal is to encourage love for STEM subjects from an early age, so it’s truly encouraging to receive so many high-quality entries..”

SciFest is Ireland’s largest STEM fair program for second level students. SciFest’s mission is to ensure that every second-tier student has the opportunity to develop essential STEM skills by attending a STEM fair, regardless of ability, background, gender, or circumstance. SciFest operates across the island of Ireland and throughout the school year and, being locally and regionally based and free to access, it is very inclusive and accessible.

Eleven other projects were selected by a panel of judges as regional winners at [email protected] 2022 and all received Dublin Crystal Trophies.

  • Boston Scientific Medical Device Awards: Amber McCleane, Presentation Secondary School Wexford, The Therapy Glove. Teacher: Thomas Stafford.
  • Intel Technology Pricing: Agnes Martin, St Josephs College Lucan, Recycle the mask, save our environment. Teacher: Helena Lynn.
  • Institute of Physics Awards: Joe Molloy, Gonzaga College, Coding a Simulation of a Predator and Prey. Teacher
  • Institute of Business Excellence Awards: Brian Connolly, Clongowes Wood College, Which Renewable Energy Is Most Efficient?
  • Smurfit Kappa Sustainability Awards: Evan Archer, St Joseph’s Secondary School Rush, A survey of some growing medium alternatives. Teacher: Chris O’Connell.
  • Vermilion Energy Innovation Award: Mony Aramalla, St Mary’s Secondary School, Energy at your fingertips – Harnessing electrical energy through pen pressure. Teacher: Eilish Coleman.
  • Fenergo Communications Award: Monica Keogh, Dominican College Dublin, A survey of the impact of the FIRST LEGO League Challenge on the development of basic STEM skills. Teacher: Mr. Seán Costello.
  • Accenture Mathematics in Science Prize: Yicheng Chen (Mike), Clongowes Wood College Mathematical modeling of major selection and course selection at university. Teacher: Yvonne Nolan.
  • Regeneron Life Sciences Awards: Niall Rudden, St Joseph’s Secondary School, An investigation of the acute effects of post-activation performance enhancement in male and female athletes. Teacher: Daryl Dunne.
  • SciFest Chemistry Awards: Caoimhe Daffy, St Joseph’s College, The EVIL of our PHARMaceuticals. Teacher: Helena Lynn.
  • ISTA Award (Best Project in Junior Category): Joely Kennedy, Isobel Davis, St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tech Doping: Does the type of shoes you wear affect your running time and technique? Teacher: Chloe Ryan.

In addition, the DCU recognized seven other projects as category winners and these were each presented with DCU hoodies graciously sponsored by Londis at DCU.

  • DCU Junior Life Sciences Awards: Dibyashree Mistree, Annalize McNinch, Rockford Manor Secondary School, Does hearing information through someone wearing a face mask affect information processing in post-primary education students? Teacher: Kelly Ryan.
  • DCU Junior Physical Science Awards: Alan Murphy, Liam Hamill, Pruthvi Katti, Ardscoil Ris, Apple Oxidation. Teacher: Anne Doyle.
  • DCU Junior Technology Award: Emma Kelly, St Marys Secondary School, Can you create a hydraulic system using syringes, Teacher: Elaine Durkin.
  • DCU Award for Best Intermediate: Patrick Kelleher, Kaleb Fagan, Jamie Williams, Árdscoil Rís, Investigation of the speed of sound in the Irish climate, Professor: Anne Doyle.
  • DCU Award for Best Individual: Kate Roche, Presentation Secondary School, How to perfect silage at the ideal PH? Teacher: Thomas Stafford.
  • Best DCU Group Award: Leah Mann, Ava Byrne, The Donahies Community School, How Matter Affects Ice Melting. Teacher: Graham Conway

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