Tuesday 22 January 2019

Bush school win at SciFest

Ciarán Murphy, Gary Murphy and Brendan Woods enjoyed Sci Fest
Ciarán Murphy, Gary Murphy and Brendan Woods enjoyed Sci Fest

Olivia Ryan

Bush Post Primary School celebrated a major win at the annual SciFest event in Dundalk Institute of Technology last week.

Fifth year Bush Post Primary School students Ciarán Murphy, Gary Murphy and Brendan Woods enjoyed a very successful day at SciFest.

Their project titled 'Are there Benefits to Health Tracking Technology?' was awarded the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award.

Their innovative and highly detailed two year long study monitored the short and long-term effects seen when a person wears different types of fitness trackers such as Fitbits or Apple's innovative 'Health"'App.

Science Teacher Gary Galvin told the Argus: 'As the only group from Louth to win a main award, the students are extremely proud of their work.'

The budding sports scientists are hopeful that their achievement can be furthered, as winning the award gives them a chance to possibly be selected to compete at SciFest at a national level next year.

The annual Scifest held in DkIT involves schools from across the region competing for top prizes.

Bush's success in the area of STEM was also showcased by their four other projects competing on the day.

These projects have had their own share of success with Highly Commended awards at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition and the Runner Up in Business for Sport at the PE Expo.

The teachers who mentored the groups involved, Gary Galvin and Aisling White, say that they are delighted that the emphasis placed on STEM subjects in Bush Post Primary is resulting in success that the students can carry forward into their future careers.

The Argus