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Institute of Physics in Ireland Silver Medal 2014

Four students shared the top place in physics in the 2014 Leaving Certificate, while a student from Belfast took the top award in Northern Ireland A-Level physics. Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, presented the Institute of Physics in Ireland silver medals to the students at an event in the RDS on 9th December.

Dr Peter Start RIP - a founding member of ISTA

It is with great saddness that we have discovered the recent death of one of our founding members Dr Peter Start from UCD. He was also one of the original judges of the Young Scientist Exhibition.

SEAI One Good Idea - win a weekend away!

SEAI’s schools competition invites students to come up with their One Good Idea to inspire people to make small lifestyle changes that will use energy more efficiently and help tackle climate change. Every teacher who submits a proposal is entered into a draw to win a weekend away!! Closing date for proposals is 15th December 2014.

Access Science: calling all citizen scientists

Access Science: calling all citizen scientists. Contact us at or on Twitter @dickahlstrom with your scientific input, observations and questions you would like answered.

SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition

To celebrate International Year of Crystallography, the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), has launched a national crystal growing competition, which is open to primary and post-primary students in Ireland!

The Irish Lab Awards 2014

The Winners of the Irish Laboratory Awards 2014 have been announced. Well done to CBS, Kilkenny who were shortlisted and will receive a finalist certificate. This is three in a row for CBS. Already winners in the ISTA Senior Science Quiz, next week Simon Kieran Bluett, one of their students will receive a gold medal from IoP for top result in the Leaving Cert Physics 2014.

ISTA Senior Science Quiz - National Final 2014

Congratulations and well done to all 48 teams who participated in the National Finals of the ISTA Senior Science Quiz which is sponsored by PharmaChemical Ireland. 

1st: St Andrew's College, Dublin
2nd: Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick
3rd: CBS, Kilkenny
4th: St Gerard's Bray
5th: Blackrock College

Senior Science Quiz 2014


Congratulations to Eureka Secondary School, Clongowes Wood College and Scoil Muire (Trim) who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the regional ISTA Senior Science Quiz held on Thursday 13th November in NUIM. The final will take place in Trinity College on Saturday 22nd November.

Google Code-in

Google Code-in, the global, online contest introducing 13-17 year students to open source software development. Google Code-in is a great way for students to gain real world experience working on an open source project and gain confidence in their skills while having mentors available to help guide them through the contest.

ISTA Senior Science Quiz - National Final 2014

The National Finals of the Senior Science Quiz will take place in Trinity College on Saturday 22nd November 2pm-4pmAoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will act as quizmaster. All teachers of qualifying teams from the Regionals have been contacted by email. Please RSVP as requested.