GREAT MINDS Students scoop NASA invite for prize-winning Storm Ophelia research
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GREAT MINDS Students scoop NASA invite for prize-winning Storm Ophelia research

AN IRISH school has won second prize in a prestigious NASA competition.

Students of St Flannan’s College in Ennis, Co. Clare took second place in the NASA Ames Space Settlement design contest.

The annual competition is organised by NASA for 6th -12th grade students from anywhere in the world.

The students must submit designs of space settlements and related materials to NASA, which are judged by aerospace professionals.

This year NASA received more than 2,500 entries from 10,000 students, including the St Flannan’s entry, submitted by fifth year pre-leaving cert Physics students George Harrington, Aodha Marrinan, Tara McInerney, Michael Lacki, Illias Zikiss and Cyrus Gillan.

The prize-winning St Flannan's team with teacher John Conneely (Picture Eamon Ward)

The students were led by teacher John Conneely and advised by teacher Michael Horgan.

Their project EcoRise focused on the harnessing of space technology and space settlement design to reverse global warming and climate change.

They began researching climate change after the severe weather brought by Storm Ophelia devastated Ireland in October 2017 – the worst storm to hit the country in 50 years.

Their prize is an invitation by NASA to present at the NASA sponsored Space Convention, the ISDC, which will be held in Los Angeles from May 24-27.

In order to attend the convention the St Flannan’s team now need to raise around €12,000.

For further information or to support their fundraising campaign click here or contact St Flannan’s College on (00 353) 065 682 8019.