SciFest National Competition

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Three students from the North Monastery Secondary School Filip Gajda, Harold Ibarlin and Elvis Nzekwe are due to compete in the SciFest national finals on the 11th of November, in Dublin. This is an extremely prestigious competition where Ireland’s most talented science and engineering students are competing for the chance to represent their school and country in Los Angeles, California.

On reflection, their teachers Mr. K Ruby and Mr. Murphy are utterly amazed by what the team has absorbed in such a short period of time. It surely is a credit to their hard working ethic and is also a true indication of their natural flair in processing quite complex material, in a practical manner. The project thus far is quite challenging technically and in general the students wouldn’t have come across any of the key skills from the kick-off, for example, sensor selection, calibration of sensors, coding, circuit design, soldering, and the integration of hardware and software in a working unit.

In all, they have exceeded themselves in aspects of design work to have a functional prototype, where they won their initial award at CIT for their project entitled “A Remote Smoke Alarm System”. At present, the students are busy enhancing their design to give it the extra wow factor. Overall, the school is extremely proud of their student’s success and is fully committed preparing and allowing their brilliance to shine at this event.

SciFest National Competition 2016
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In addition, the North Monastery has successfully secured a total number of three projects at next year’s BT Young Scientist competition. This is a tremendous result as the number of applications was the largest since its inception. Nationwide, 2091 project submissions were made and only 550 projects qualified for next year’s competition. This is a true testament to our student’s ability to compete at the highest level and moreover winning at such events.

An Mhainistir Thuaidh Abu.

Mr. Murphy (Teacher of Physics and Applied Mathematics)