Co-curricular Activities in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh

Young Scientist Exhibition

Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh has a proud history of participation in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. 

A sample of recent student projects over the last number of years include: 

‘Epidemology Model for Secondary Schools’

‘Applications of Queuing Theory to the Public Orthodontic Treatment System’

‘A Network Model to Analyse Peer Learning’

‘To Investigate how Heat produced by Decomposing Plant Matter could Aid the Growth of New Plant Life’

‘Investigating the Effectiveness of the new Junior Cycle Curriculum’

‘An Investigation into the Feasibility of the 2020 Olympic Games’

‘Case study of Data Mining in Observational Astronomy: The search for new OB stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud’

‘An Investigation into the Effectiveness of Aeroponic Plant Cultivation Compared to Conventional Cultivation Techniques’

Student projects from Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh have won the overall competition and also placed overall second . Our projects are frequently commended by the competition judges and have also won or placed in their individual respective categories.

Bebras Computing Challenge

The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 60 countries and takes place every November. The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing. In 2021 1.6 million students took part in the competition. It is notable for being the most gender-neutral worldwide computer science-related competition.

The Bebras Challenge is funded in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society Foundation and supported by Science Foundation Ireland and Maynooth University. 

The top achieving students in all age groups are invited to attend a final round in Maynooth University as part of Tech Week. 

Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge 2021:

Students from 1st- 5th year took part in the National Bebras Computational Thinking challenge.  This year’s national competition saw 8,000 students from more than 130 schools across Ireland taking part. All students who participated received certificates of achievement.  Two students – Tim Callanan 5th year and Ben Callanan 2nd year qualified for the National Finals that took place (online) in March 2022.


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