Scifest@school 2020

Scientific research enthusiasm continued in Heywood Community School recently with another very successful Scifest@School event, held on Wed 22nd Jan 2020. In total, 93 Transition year students with 34 projects gave it their all. For the entire day students displayed and discussed projects that spanned the range of Scientific, to Social and Behavioural, to Technological.

Students informed, entertained and dazzled the judges with their research, knowledge and understanding in the morning session of judging. Selecting the winners was not an easy task for our 4 judges: Sheila Porter (Founder & CEO of Scifest@Schools), Declan Finlayson (PDST), Brendan O’Gorman (Former Science /Biology Teacher) & Brid Murphy (Glanbia).

In the afternoon our 1st and 2nd Science students got to visit the Scifest displays in order to give them some useful insight into the Scientific Method and perhaps some ideas for the upcoming Classroom Based Assessments in Science. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our judges for their time and expertise and to thank our teachers for their endless commitment to science education.

The following projects were awarded prizes on the day:

Heywood Best Project Award


TITLE: “Do preferences bias our choices?”

STUDENTS: Jack Bergin, Jade Donnelly and Ciaran Mason


Scifest Best Project Award


TITLE: The real environmental cost to our planet of fast fashion?

STUDENTS: Jennifer Holland, Orla McDonagh


Scifest Runner up project


TITLE: Does colour affect your memory?

STUDENTS: Kaitlin Fenelon, Órla McCorry, Róisín Moore


Heywood C.S. Highly Commended Awards


TITLE: Does prolonged exposure to UV light affect the health of your nails?

STUDENTS: Leanne Gleeson, Kate Connolly, Daisy Thomas



TITLE: Do teens feel that their gender stereotypes impact their mental health?

STUDENTS: Clodagh Mulhall, Niamh Gregory, Niamh MacDonald



Heywood C.S. Best Project Display


TITLE: Does sound Effect heart rate level?

STUDENTS: Sophie Dineen, Andrea Robinson, Muireann O Keffe


Heywood C.S. Best Individual Communicator Prize

STUDENT: Molly Hickey