The Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition has been running for 48 years and has gone from strength to strength during this time. This year more projects than ever before were entered and for the first time Scoil Chrónáin Naofa, Dromakeenan joined 40 other primary school in exhibiting their project on Thursday last in the RDS.
It was with a great air of excitement and anticipation that the Sixth Class pupils, together with teachers Ms Hogan and Mrs Kenny and Principal Mr Hanamy departed from the school at 6 45 am. Arriving just after nine o clock the pupils began setting up their project with great enthusiasm. Before long their project “Vegetable Forensics” began to arouse the interest of other competitors and visitors alike. The pupils encouraged the public to have their finger prints taken so that they could be given a personality classification.
Others were shown how DNA could be extracted from an onion. While the Primary School Fair is not a competition each project was judged and very informative written feedback was given to each school. The pupils of Dromakeenan were delighted as the judge praised their project for the high scientific content, while he also commented that doing DNA and taking fingerprints was very interesting for passers by. The judge also congratulated the pupils on their excellent knowledge of the topic and praised them for their enthusiasm and willingness to engage all visitors to the stand. The pupils and teachers were very proud to receive such positive comments along with the beautiful trophy which will have pride of place in the school.
The pupils also had an opportunity during the day to visit the many projects done by other pupils throughout Ireland. The RDS was buzzing with exhibitions, special acts and entertainment from a wide variety of companies and groups such as Google, RTE, Met Eireann, Intel Ireland and O2. By taking part in fun quizzes and competitions the boys and girls got to bring home many goodies. There were also many celebrities in the RDS on the day and the autographs of Brian O Driscoll, Ryan Tubridy, Miriam O Callaghan, Rick O Shea, Sinead Kennedy are now the prized possessions of many of the pupils.
Weather presenter Gerry Murphy visited the stand and had his fingerprints taken. No doubt the highlight of the day was the interview done by Aidan Kelly for Network 2 News. While only a short clip appeared on the TV that afternoon the whole experience of being interviewed and recorded was a fantastic one.
There were many tired pupils and teachers when the bus pulled into Dromakeenan at 7pm that evening but we all agreed that the day had been a once in a lifetime experience. While the Primary Science Fair is not part of the main competition it does provide an exciting opportunity for pupils to think about science in practical and fun ways and helps to develop their skills in communicating their interest and knowledge of Science.
Without doubt the pupils of Dromakeenan have a far greater interest in Science now and who knows some of them may be the scientists of the future. Well done to all of them and a special thank you to Miss Hogan, Sixth Class teacher.