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18/10/2011 LORETO COLLEGE SCIENTISTS PREPARE FOR BIG BANG SCIENCE FAIR

A group of young scientists from Loreto College Coleraine had an extremely successful day at the Sentinus Young Innovators Exhibition at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast on Tuesday 14th June, and as a result of this are now preparing to attend the prestigious Big Bang Science Fair next spring.

Students Sean McKendry, Jack McCann, Thomas McMullan and Vincent McMullan (all Year 13) and their teacher Mr Brian McKenna all returned home from the event with major awards.

Sean McKendry took the Queen’s University Belfast Physics and Astronomy Award for his research entitled ‘From Cracking Clay to Basalt Columns’.

All four students, Jack McCann, Sean McKendry and brothers Thomas and Vincent McMullan will represent Northern Ireland at the Big Bang Science Fair to be held in Birmingham in March 2012. Thomas and Vincent’s project was on the physics of Flipping, Falling, Tumbling Cards.  Jack researched the dendritic crystallization of potassium bromide while Sean researched the formation of basalt columns.

All four students had already received major awards at the annual BT Young Scientist and Engineering Fair held in Dublin in January, while Jack had represented Ireland in Los Angeles last month, winning an award at international level.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, congratulated Mr Brian McKenna and his four students on these tremendous achievements and on an entire year of accolades, on behalf of all the staff and students of the College, and wished Vincent, Thomas and Jack every success in their bid to equal the success of former Loreto College student Hannah Eastwood, who took the Young Scientist of the Year title at the 2011 Big Bang event.