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By Michelle Crean

From the use of face coverings to the effects of tablets in the digestive system, and the astounding health implications of screen time - Castleisland students have proved that their scientific investigations are top of the class.

MERIT: Fiona Brosnan Joanna Moynihan and Tara Enright are the proud recipients of the Merit Award.

SCIENTIFIC AWARD: Emma Buckley Cara Fleming and Danielle Moriarty won the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award for their project on ‘Which Face Covering is the most Effective?’

FIRST PLACE: Abigail Martin and Daria Oliwniak picked up the prestigious award of first place for their investigation into coated and non-coated tablets.

MERIT: Fiona Brosnan, Joanna Moynihan and Tara Enright are the proud recipients of the Merit Award.

FIRST PLACE: Abigail Martin and Daria Oliwniak picked up the prestigious award of first place for their investigation into coated and non-coated tablets.

The teens from Presentation Secondary School Castleisland received four major awards on Monday at the MTU Tralee SciFest.

Emma Buckley, Danielle Moriarty, and Cara Fleming won the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award for their project on ‘Which Face Covering is the most Effective?’.

The girl’s project was deeply researched, informing the public about the different types of face coverings and the environmental impacts of incorrect disposing. Their research referenced experiments carried out at Duke University.

These students carried out their own experiment and surveyed their local community to gather data on just how knowledgeable we truly are on the topic of face coverings. The results were most revealing, and this award recognised the high level of research and reporting achieved by the students.

Fiona Brosnan, Tara Enright and Joanna Moynihan, who explored the use of screen time for both educational and recreational use, are the proud recipients of The Merit Award.

The girl’s gathered their own background research before they developed their project. They surveyed a range of students in different year groups to establish patterns of screen time among young people and identify the effects on young people. They identified how screen time use effected step count, blood pressure, productivity level, sleep, and happiness. The results are astounding.

Presentation Students also received awards for first and second place in the Intimidate Physical Sciences Category Awards.

Abigail Martin and Daria Oliwniak picked up the prestigious award of first place for their investigation into coated and non-coated tablets.

These girl’s took essential scientific knowledge of acid and bases and the digestive system to design an experiment to mimic what happens when tablets reach the stomach and the small intestine. The students used everyday household supplies such as lemon juice, baking soda, and Panadol as the chemicals for their project. This approach highlights once again for STEM students that science is not just a school subject but is part of our everyday lives. The girl’s presented their findings in a clear and concise manner, using images, data tables and graphical presentations.

Danielle Moriarty, Cara Fleming and Emma Buckley also received second place in this category, due recognition for the high quality research and presentation of their work.

ACHIEVEMENT

SciFest will provide trophies, plaques and other prizes to the students when they return to school in September.

Principal, Katherina Broderick congratulated the award winners for their tremendous achievement. “I have seen the girls’ presentations and I found them to be really insightful, interesting and most impressive," she said.

"The commitment to research and the high standard of the presentations of their scientific findings assures me that these students are well placed to have promising STEM careers if they choose to follow that path in the future.”

Ms Broderick also congratulated their science teacher, Ms Dooley for her leadership of STEM in the school and for her unstinting commitment which ensured that the TY students received this level of success in SciFest and other STEM programmes.

These students now represent Pres Castleisland in the next stage of the competition, the national final on November 19.

 

MERIT: Fiona Brosnan, Joanna Moynihan and Tara Enright are the proud recipients of the Merit Award.

FIRST PLACE: Abigail Martin and Daria Oliwniak picked up the prestigious award of first place for their investigation into coated and non-coated tablets.

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The tax you’re really paying for your health

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?” In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word. We have it, and we use it, and, […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?”

In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word.

We have it, and we use it, and, of course we pay for it. We justify the constant ratcheting-up of our tax burden to pay for rising health-care costs. That tax is on our wallets.

We also pay another type of tax: When we’re unhealthy, we don’t get to do the things we like. When we’re overweight, we don’t always say “YES!” when our kids ask to go to the swimming pool.
When we’re unfit, we don’t take our buddy’s invitation for a weekend hiking and camping trip. We can’t start jogging because our knees hurt; can’t lift weights because our back hurts; can’t cut down calories because we feel we need the energy.

Those things are taxes. Physical taxes, but they’re not the worst taxes we pay.

The worst tax we pay is the mental tax.

When we’re self-conscious about our fitness or health, we don’t want to start exercising. We don’t want to look dumb or fail.

We don’t want to start a new lifestyle because our families will say “good for you”, because they know we need it, or they’ll say “you don’t need that …” and lie. Or they’ll roll their eyes because they know we’ve failed before.

When we’ve been away from the gym for four months, we don’t want to do that first workout because we’re going to be last. It’s going to suck and we might get embarrassed.

SELF IMPOSED TAX

The Government makes us pay financial tax, but the other two – physical and mental – are self-imposed.

No one cares if you’re slow.

No one cares if you finish last.

No one cares if you blow your nutrition this week and have to start all over again.

You’d stop caring about what others thought about you if you realised how rarely they actually do.

Everyone thinks about themselves, mostly. That’s the tax they’re paying – and most of us overpay.

We’re taxed enough. Stop worrying about what you look like and start caring about what makes you feel good.

If you’d like to start taking steps in the right direction with your health and fitness, call in for a free consultation with us at Activate. Visit www.activate.ie/free-intro for more information.

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Tractor run raises €500 for charity

By Sean Moriarty Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019. 30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980. Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019.

30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980.

Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ on Lewis Road, the convoy travelled to the communications mast near Coolick in Kilcummin, where participants enjoyed views of the wider Castleisland district and Killarney Valley.

“Some of the drivers were never up there before and they were amazed with the views across the two valleys,” organiser Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser.

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