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Dónal Close and Sian Donaghy, runners-up Intermediate Science, UK Finals of the Big Bang Scientists & Engineers competition - View Full Size Image
Dónal Close and Sian Donaghy, runners-up Intermediate Science, UK Finals of the Big Bang Scientists & Engineers competition
The five students who represented Northern Ireland at the UK Finals of the Big Bang Scientists & Engineers competition - View Full Size Image
The five students who represented Northern Ireland at the UK Finals of the Big Bang Scientists & Engineers competition
15/03/2018 BIG BANG SUCCESS FOR LORETO COLLEGE SCIENTISTS

Students from Loreto College Coleraine have won a prestigious award at the UK Finals of the Big Bang UK Scientists and Engineers Competition, held in the NEC Arena, Birmingham.  The event aims to celebrate and raise the profile of young people’s achievements and provide them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

In total, five students from Loreto College won through the Northern Ireland round to take part in the UK Finals.  At the Northern Ireland heat, held in June 2017, Loreto students Dónal Close and Sian Donaghy investigated ‘Phonebook Physics’ and carried out complex mathematical analysis of the friction associated with interleaved pages of paper and the force required to separate them. Sian and Dónal won the Queen’s University Belfast Maths and Physics prize for their project.  In addition to this, students Dominic Bradley, Séan Doherty and Fearghal Close carried out a project entitled ‘Crumple Zones’,  investigating innovative methods of packaging used to minimise damage to electronic gadgets delivered by drones, also being nominated to represent Northern Ireland in the UK Final. 

At the UK Final, Dónal Close and Sian Donaghy were named runners-up in the Intermediate Science category: a wonderful achievement.  All five Loreto students were presented with Finalist medals, with the judges commenting that they were wonderful ambassadors for their school. 

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to all five students and their teacher, Mrs Maeve Close, on this wonderful achievement.