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Two Laois Students Win National Cleaner Energy Award

Their project focussed on nuclear energy.

Two Portlaoise students have won the EirGrid Delivering a Cleaner Energy Future Award with their nuclear energy project.

St Mary’s CBS students, Seán Maher and Daniel Corbet were successful in winning the accolade after presenting their project – ‘Is nuclear energy a safe and effective way to combat climate change’, at the school’s SciFest STEM Fair recently. EirGrid, the operator and developer of Ireland’s electricity grid has partnered with SciFest to create the climate and energy focused award for its SciFest@School programme.

SciFest@School is a second-level programme promoting STEM (Science, Technology,Engineering, Maths) education by providing a forum for students to present and display their scientific investigations.

The EirGrid Climate and Delivering a Cleaner Energy Future Award was presented to Seán and Daniel for their project’s creative design and innovative approach.

Speaking about EirGrid’s involvement in the nationwide programme, Errol Close, Head of Strategy and Sustainability with EirGrid said,

“EirGrid’s strategy is shaped by climate change and delivering a cleaner energy future. Achieving this will require strong development of the skills and critical thinking required across society.

“Our partnership with SciFest offers not only the opportunity to promote greater participation in STEM subjects, but also to support young people to develop these skills an showcase their innovation and creativity in addressing an existential challenge like climate change,” added Close.

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