Holly’s hor­ti­cul­ture award win at SciFest

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A BRAY stu­dent won one of the top awards at last week’s SciFest@ITB (In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Blan­chard­stown).

Wes­ley Col­lege stu­dent Holly Leech (14) from Bray won the ITB Hor­ti­cul­ture Award for her project ‘Can we get on TOP of our de­grad­ing soil?’

Adam Kelly from Sk­er­ries Com­mu­nity Col­lege won the top prize for his project ‘An Open Source So­lu­tion to GPU Ac­cel­er­ated Quan­tum Com­puter Sim­u­la­tion’.

As one of the 16 re­gional venues host­ing a SciFest STEM fair, the tenth SciFest@ITB saw more than 180 stu­dents from schools all over the re­gion ex­hibit al­most 80 projects.

SciFest@ITB co-or­di­na­tor Aideen Hod­gins said it was a ‘won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents’ which ‘en­cour­ages them to de­velop an in­ter­est in STEM’.

‘ The joy of see­ing stu­dents show­cas­ing their work and com­mu­ni­cat­ing their ideas to oth­ers is im­mensely en­cour­ag­ing and mo­ti­va­tional for ev­ery­one in­volved,’ she said.

SciFest is an all-in­clu­sive, all-is­land sci­ence ini­tia­tive which fos­ters ac­tive, col­lab­o­ra­tive and inquiry-based learn­ing among sec­ond-level stu­dents.

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