Ardgillan Community College, Balbriggan was delighted to have had seven projects reach the 2013 finals. This is a substantial number given our young years as a school. We greatly value and promote the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in Ardgillan. As teaching staff we know the relevance of these areas in preparing our young people for the workforce of the 21st century.
Our finalists were all winners in their own right. One student is only eleven years old and may indeed have been the youngest finalist in this year’s competition. Her project entered the Maths, Physics, Chemistry section. Another student was awarded 'highly recommended'.
There were also projects entered in the Biology section, Social and Behavioural section and Technology. Our Biology project looked at the effect a sudden stop had on an athlete’s heart when involved in high intensity sport. Dr. Marie Cassidy, our state pathologist, was very impressed with the project and thought the students were investigating a very relevant area in science. This project was awarded a Display rosette.