Moyderwell Pupils Display Project At BT Young Scientists Exhibition

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The sixth class students who displayed their ‘How Can We Launch Our Teacher Into Space?’ project at the BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition (Primary Schools section) in Dublin last Saturday. From left; Olivia Golonek, Julia Maciag, Sara Peterniece, Aditya Shet, Jamie Williams, Muhommad Abdalla, Elvis Ankomah, Andrej Bogdanovic, Martin Quilligan, Cillian O’Sullivan, Lily O’Brien, Hala Saffo and Dearbhla Cronin. Photo by Dermot Crean

IN what has become an annual trip, pupils from Moyderwell Mercy Primary School headed off to Dublin last Friday to take part in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition with the curiously titled project, ‘How Can We Launch Our Teacher Into Space?’

For the past nine years, pupils have made the journey to the RDS and had a wonderful time accompanied by Principal Moira Quinlan, and teachers Maura Jones and Eoin Sayers.

The pupils submitted this year’s entry for the Primary Schools section of the exhibition and it was accepted by the organisers.

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“Múinteoir Eoin [Sayers] worked with the children during the first term and the title of the project alone got the children interested. The object was to launch Eoin into space and they were very anxious to do so,” said Principal of Moyderwell Mercy, Moira Quinlan.

“They used mathematics and conducted experiments in the yard. They incorporated a lot into the project in the making of the rockets — the launching, the scientific aspects of mass and pressure concepts and they made graphs using their mathematical knowledge,” explained Moira.

The pupils went up by train on Friday night and got a chance to see all the other primary and senior cycle projects on Saturday.

“It was a very successful trip and no sooner are we back that we’re looking at the possibility of going again next year. The Young Scientists exhibition is unique in that it showcases the best aspects of Irish education,” said Moira.

Some past pupils of Moyderwell — Ella Itsede and Tamila Khussainova — also took part representing Mercy Mounthawk this year. Ella had taken the same trip to the exhibition before when she was a Moyderwell pupil, so maybe we’ll see some of the current crop on the stage at the RDS in the coming years.

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