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SciFest 2009

SciFest is a big hit at LYIT

LYIT hosted its first ever SciFest event in early May 2009 which proved to be an action-packed festival of science, fun and demos, including a competition and an exhibition of projects from second level pupils from schools all over Donegal.

There were 31 entries for the inaugural competition, involving approximately 80 students from 6 schools in Co Donegal.  Dr John Doran, Head of Department of Electronic & Mechanical Engineering said, “It’s an encouraging beginning, and I’m sure the first of many.  The standard and enthusiasm from the students was outstanding.  SciFest gives students the opportunity to move beyond the classroom, to research and develop their projects, to meet with other students, and to consider the importance of science and technology in our lives.  LYIT was delighted to host the event, and I would like to thank those who assisted during the event.”

LYIT ran a number of intriguing demonstrations on modern electronics which wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Star Trek, from lecturer Martin Bradley’s mobile robot aka Lady Gaga, touch control iPod Nano, electronic light mixing and Fred the PSoc Powered RoboSkeleton.

The science curriculum at primary and post primary level has been revised in the last number of years to encourage exploration with a strong emphasis on practical work and hands-on investigation.  “This is one of the ways that LYIT is using to encourage pupils at secondary level to participate and become enthused with science and technology as a possible future career.  After today I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about some these young students," said Dr Doran.

Postscript:

As a result of winning SciFest 2009 at LYIT, the winner (Henrik Brüsecke from St Columba’s Comprehensive School Glenties) gained automatic entry to BT Young Scientist 2010.  He went on to win second place in the senior individual category in technology.

 


Tue, 26 May 2009 00:00:00 BST

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