Presentation Students Reach National Final Of SEAI Competition

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The ‘Locally Grown Is Better Known” science project team members, Ciara Boyd, Blaithnaid Cotter, Rebecca Duggan and Eimear Ellard.

A TEAM of Transition Year students in Presentation Secondary School has reached the National final of the SEAI One Good Idea competition which will be held in Croke park on May 16.

The ‘Locally Grown Is Better Known” science project involves Ciara Boyd, Blaithnaid Cotter, Rebecca Duggan and Eimear Allard.

They have done a huge amount of work to get to the final 20 teams in the competition. Their project focuses on the topic of  Reducing Food Miles  which will be of interest and benefit to many.

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The girls are highlighting how easy it is for everyone to grow some herbs and vegetables themselves – no matter how little space you have.

The girls carried out lots of activities during a campaign week including visits to Spa National school and Presentation Primary to do food tastings, activities on food miles, poster competitions and demonstrate seed planting with the students.

In their own school, post-its with key messages regarding food sources and seasonality were put onto all students lockers and displays of key facts were put up in each social area with the main one in the Assembly area.

The girls wish to thank Bowling Buddies and the Aquadome who sponsored prizes for activities during the activity week as well as the wonderful primary students they have really enjoyed working with.

While the TY Sciences classes had done lots of bulb planting last September, the project group have also begun seed planting using portable mini-greenhouses and already radishes and chives are well germinated and being monitored carefully.

See more of their campaign on Facebook and Instagram on Locally Grown Is Better Known and Snapchat LGBK17.

The national final will involve a four minute presentation summary of the group’s work to the judges as well as a poster display so the girls will be putting the finishing touches to these in the weeks after the Easter Holidays.

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