Sunday 24 March 2019

Powerscourt pupils scoop science prize

The class from Powerscourt with their teacher.
The class from Powerscourt with their teacher.

Powerscourt National School won first prize at the recent Galway Science and Technology Exhibition's 'ReelLife Science Primary Award'.

Third and fourth class pupils created a short production on 'Skin' to win the €1,000 prize.

Their teacher Rachael Kinkead is not new to the role of executive movie producer. Last year, her class came fifth in the competition.

The classes and their teacher put in plenty of determination and hard work. They were very excited about carrying out the scientific investigation required for the project.

'This has been a really wonderful way for our children to engage in science in a fun, interactive and accessible way,' said parent Karin McLoughlin. 'A really positive way to learn and experience science for children, and adults.'

Bray native Dara O'Briain was one of the judges. 'I was delighted to be a guest judge in this year's competition and see how much enthusiasm, knowledge and energy is pouring out of science classes across the country.'

The competition challenges schools and community groups to communicate science and technology concepts via engaging and educational short videos.

Since being launched in 2013 by Dr Enda O'Connell and a team of volunteer scientists, this challenge has been met by more than 10,000 participants in 350 schools and groups around Ireland. 

The videos are on along with rules and details for next year.

Bray People