Community College Team Wins National Physics Competition for Third Time

The Castleisland Community College award winners in the National Sophia Physics Competition for a third year in a row for the college. Include with teacher Kellie Sheehy are from left: First place winners: Shauna O’Keeffe, Miriam O’ Connell, Katelyn O’Keeffe, Mary Kate Culhane, Ms.Sheehy and third place winners: Leah Voigtlander, Jessica O’ Loughlin and Viktoria Angelova.

Castleisland Community College has won the National Sophia Physics Competition for the third consecutive year!

The award ceremony took place in the University of Limerick and the aim of the competition is to encourage the uptake of physics at secondary school level.

This year’s winning team from Transition Year were: Mary Kate Culhane, Miriam O’Connell, Katelyn and Shauna O’Keeffe and their teacher was Kellie Sheehy.

TikTok Videos

The competition this year focused on the students making TikTok videos – they had the choice of making a video teaching a topic in physics, presenting a project they worked on or showing something they made e.g. an electric circuit, rocket etc.

Each entry was judged by NASA engineer Joan Melendez-Misner; Science communicator Andrew McGovern, and Science teacher and Influencer Tadgh O’Donovan. The winning video was based on the topic of Energy Transfer.

Science Kits and Vouchers

They were each awarded One4all €100 vouchers along with science kits.

David Peskett, Pierce Flynn and Edward Roche received the complementary award for their video which focused on different experiments in the topic of Forces. They each received certificates and science kits.

Jessica O’Loughlin, Chloe O’Sullivan, Lea Voigtlander and Vicky Angelova made a video explaining different facts about Nuclear Energy.

They received third prize and each student received a certificate, One4all €50 voucher and science kits.

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