Kerry Student Wins Overall Prize In National Competition

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National Broadband Ireland (NBI) ‘Imagine the Future’ competition overall winner DJ Poff (aged 12) from Boheshill National School, Kerry. Photo: Conor McCabe

A STUDENT from a Kerry school won the top prize at the National  Broadband Ireland ‘Imagine the Future’ national final.

DJ Poff from Boheshill National School in Glencar was named the overall winner of the competition while a schoolmate, Colin O’Shea, was also among the prizes getting third in the 2nd to 4th class category.

National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering the National Broadband Plan (NBP), hosted 100 primary school students, from Junior Infants to Sixth Class, at an event at the Barretstown fun camp in Kildare for the presentation of prizes to the winners of the national final of the competition.

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The competition invited students in the 679 schools in the NBP intervention area to create a piece of art to represent the world of possibilities that will be opened up by high-speed broadband.

Project entries ranged from robot surgeons to interactive classrooms where VR headsets transport you to Ancient Egypt to wander around the pyramids. A key theme across the shortlisted entries was the focus on solar powered systems to reduce the impact of fossil fuels.

NBI Chairman David McCourt presented the top prize to DJ Poff from Boheshill National School, whose project imagined a world of hydro-powered cars, solar-powered shoes, and homes built on raised platforms to allow plants and animals to live freely in their natural habitat.

The project also highlighted the use of artificial intelligence [AI] to monitor our homes and reduce theft.

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