Castleblayney students win Major Awards at SciFest Competition

Local Transition Year students Katie Coleman, Sarah and Katie Mooney from Castleblayney College won two major awards at SciFest@DkIT 2022 Competition.The SciFest programme promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in second-level schools and this competition provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop an interest in science.

Katie Coleman was awarded the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award for her project “Red Light for Go?”, where Katie researched red light therapy which has proven to be effective for the people with Parkinson’s Disease. Katie will showcase her research to a board of judges in the SciFest national final, which will be held in Dublin in November.

Sarah and Katie Mooney were successful in winning Accenture Maths in Science Award. Their project “An investigation into the effect of different auditory stimuli on the pulse rate of boys vs. girls” focuses on comparing the reactions of males and females to different sounds and carries out a detailed statistical analysis of the results.

Best of luck to Katie Coleman in the national final in November.

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