They will go on to compete in the national final later this year.
Three midlands students took home the EirGrid Climate and Delivering a Cleaner Energy Future award from the STEM Fair in TUS Athlone,
The project by Nathan Downes, Daniel Lynam and Éanna Maxwell, from Moate Community School, was called 'Can Native Waterweeds Solve Irish Farmer's Feed and Environmental Problems?'
They will now go on to compete in the SciFest National Final which takes place later this year.
SciFest@College is a programme of STEM fairs for second-level students, taking place in 16 regional colleges across Ireland.
It allows pupils to showcase their academic prowess by presenting scientific projects, while also introducing them to third-level institutions and the many opportunities STEM subjects can unlock.
EirGrid partnered with SciFest to develop the EirGrid Climate and Delivering a Cleaner Energy Future award, which celebrates second level students who research and design projects to address challenges posed by climate, energy, or environmental matters.
Speaking about EirGrid’s involvement in the nationwide programme, Doireann Barry, Head of Strategy and Sustainability with EirGrid said: “At EirGrid, leading on sustainability and decarbonisation is central to our strategy and to see these students explore and develop their own ideas for a more sustainable future is so inspiring. I would like to congratulate Nathan, Daniel and Éanna on their impressive project.”