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Young Scientists' Competiton Winners 1996

14-January-21
Young Scientists' Competiton Winners 1996

The Twitter account Point at Port ( @PointatPort ) had an excellent article about the Scoil Mhuire victory in the Aer Lingus All Ireland Young Scientists competition in 1996 .The students Elsie O’Sullivan, Rowena Mooney and Patricia Lyle and their teacher , Alan Dunne brought great acclaim to Scoil Mhuire .They appeared on the front page of the Irish Times and in the RTE news article below :

https://www.rte.ie/archives/2016/0104/757674-young-scientist-exhibition-winners/

From RTE website :

Elsie O’Sullivan, Rowena Mooney and Patricia Lyle from Scoile Mhuire in Portarlington, County Laois were announced as the overall winners of the Aer Lingus Young Scientist of the Year Exhibition.

Their study of the Irish honeybee entitled ‘The Perfect Queen Bee’ was described by the judges as ‘stunning’ and could help identify bees that produce more honey. The three successful students now go to the European Union finals to be held in Helsinki, Finland.

Also demonstrating his project in the The Young Scientist Exhibition was student Sean McKiernan from County Cavan who carried out a study on bullying in schools. His results concluded that two out of five students had experienced bullying.

For the first time four primary schools presented their projects in the Young Scientist Exhibition, leading Minister for Eduction Niamh Breathnach to outline her plans for more emphasis to be placed on the teaching of science at primary level.

An RTÉ News report by Carole Coleman broadcast on 5 January 1996.

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