The South East Regional Finals of the Ericsson Primary Science Competition took place last week and winners from Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Tipperary now going through to the National Final - including a team from Cahir Boys NS!
The boys from Cahir were the first place winners in the middle category. Two more local teams were hot on their heels with Knockavilla NS coming second and Rathgormack NS taking third place.
The Ericsson Primary Science Competition is a fun science competition that encourages primary students to explore science through class projects and presentations. The competition attracted a range of projects representing almost 6,000 students nationally this year and South Eastern Regional Final was held in Carlow last week. There was certainly no shortage of excitement in this regional final. From biology to energy, student teams presented their projects to judges with infectious enthusiasm and curiosity.
A series of regional finals will be held across Ireland in the coming week and winners in each regional final will go forward to the national final which takes place in Athlone on March 15. Winners in each category in the National Final will receive a 2,000 Euro voucher for computers and science equipment for their school and will have the opportunity to visit the Ericsson Software Campus in Athlone.
Ericsson, the world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment, is sponsoring this competition in an effort to provide primary school students with an insight into the excitement of science and maths in today’s world.
Michael Gallagher, Managing Director of Ericsson in Ireland commented “For us, supporting the National Science Competition is about helping to foster an active spirit of curiosity and inquiry about science and technology in young students at the earliest possible age. This is fundamental to Ireland’s aspiration to be a leading Knowledge Economy and we believe that it’s vital to sow the seeds of enthusiasm as early as possible. Mol an oige agus tiochfaidh said.”
The competition is co-ordinated by development agency Atlantic Corridor which has developed a strong and innovative range of programmes in science and technology promotion in recent years. Jackie Gorman, CEO of Atlantic Corridor commented ; “ the regional final today was wonderful and it was very much a case of hands on, minds open. It was wonderful to see such great projects presented with such confidence. This is a vital and early intervention in the promotion of STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths] subjects. “
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