Wed, May 18th, 2016
There’s been another success for Loreto Balbriggan at the world’s largest school science fair in Phoenix, Arizona. Fifth year student Lauren Murphy took third prize in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her project “An Aid for the Rehabilitation of Clenched Fist in Multiple Sclerosis”, as a consequence of her win in an earlier Young Scientist competition. The school also took eight prizes at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition earlier this year.
In 2014 Loreto Balbriggan received Erasmus+ KA1 funding for a project on “Inquiry-Based Science Education”, designed to address a lack of interest among the female student population in taking up STEM subjects and update teaching methodologies in light of advancements in ICT. Six science teachers received training in Europe and the school told us this “invigorated the Department, and was a fun and friendly way to develop professionally. All those who attended were delighted they did so. We would like to think that our newly acquired skills will help us continue the development of the sciences in our school and encourage more students to engage in scientific inquiry.” Among the participating teachers was Niamh McNally, who accompanied Lauren in Phoenix. Congratulations to the Science Department on their continued success and to Lauren for doing her school and country proud!
Pictured: Student Lauren Murphy and her science teacher Niamh McNally in Phoenix. Photo courtesy of Chris Garvey, Loreto Balbriggan.