The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

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Greenhills Girl wins at largest pre-college Science Competition in World

Niamh Ann Kelly is a sixth year in Our Lady`s College, Greenhills. Previously winning a category award at BT Young Scientist, a category award at Sentinus Young Innovators and a second place at a regional Scifest in second year, Niamh also won Senior Biological category at BT Young Scientist and a special chemistry award at Sentinus Young Innovators 2017. After winning the Sentinus Young Innovators, she had the opportunity recently to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

is the largest pre-college competition in the world. This year 1,792 students presenting 1,320 projects from 81 countries competed in the event. It was held in the convection centre in Pittsburgh, America over the span of a week. Science and Engineering projects were judged by over 1,000 judges from across the globe. Three students from Ireland  were selected from three science fairs (Sentinus Young innovators, Scifest and BT Young Scientist) to represent their country on an international stage.

Niamh enjoyed the experience in Pittsburgh. She met many people from around the world and made many friends. The initial set-up of the project lasted two days to meet the requirements of the exhibition. There were several events organised throughout the week for socialising such as the Shout-Out and Pin Exchange. The judging was held over the course of two days, followed afterwards by two award ceremonies. Niamh won third place in Plant Science Category and an award of $1,000.

Aaron Hannon, an engineering student in TCD (Scifest representative) and Fionn Ferreria, BT Young Scientist representative from Schull, Cork also competed. Both won category awards and Fionn also won special awards.