Irish Science Teachers Association senior science quiz final 2015

4 December 2015

The National Finals of the annual ISTA Senior Science Quiz took place in Trinity College on 21 November.

ISTA quiz

The Edmund Burke theatre was filled to capacity with 48 teams of Leaving Certificate science students from all around Ireland along with their teachers who are members of the Irish Science Teachers’ Association – the professional association for teachers of science subjects in the Republic of Ireland. Over 1000 students took part at a Regional level during Science Week Ireland and the winners were invited to the PharmaChemical Ireland sponsored National Final.

In recent years ISTA has linked up with a charity for the final and this year it was ‘The Caroline Foundation’ in aid of Cancer Clinical Research Trust. The purpose of the Foundation is to support the work of Professor John Crown. Like ISTA it is a voluntary organisation and all donations go directly to the research.

A special thanks to Dr Conor O’Brien, current President of ISTA, Dr Aoibhínn Ní Shuilleabhain who acted as quizmaster, PharmaChemical Ireland sponsor, Trinity College who provided the venue, Dublin Branch of ISTA who organised the Final and last but not least the students, teachers and parents who attended.

Congratulations and well done to ALL who participated.

1st Presentation Brothers College, The Mardyke, Cork. Teacher: Ms Claire Lynch
2nd Christian Brothers College, Cork. Teacher: Ms Jane O’Connell
3rd Summerhill College, Sligo. Teacher: Mr John McGetrick
4th Calasanctius College, Oranmore, Galway. Teacher: Ms Maura Conneally
5th St Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Dublin. Teacher: Ms Hilary Rimbi

ISTA quiz
Presentation Brothers College
The Institute of Physics of Ireland gave €200 towards spot prizes. At each of the 12 Regional Rounds a €15 book token was presented to a Leaving Certificate student and a slide advertising the IOP was made available to over 1000 students and their teachers. At the National Final in Trinity College a €20 book token was used as a spot prize and again credit was given to IOPI. Next year we hope to expand the quiz to have 13 venues to include Wexford. Venues this year included: Athlone IT, Carlow IT, IT Tralee, GMIT, LYIT, Limerick IT, NUI Maynooth, Sligo IT, Trinity College, UCC, Waterford IT and Loreto College, Monaghan.