27 Jun 2022

Abbey VS student wins Scifest with genius game to help students with dysgraphia

Hughie McShane will now represent the region at the National Final in Dublin in November

Abbey VS student wins Scifest with genius game to help students with dysgraphia

Hughie McShane from the Abbey Vocational School wins Scifest

Transition Year student at the Abbey Vocational School Hughie McShane has won best overall project at Scifest which took place at ATU Donegal this week. 

He was also winner of the Technology Category and Best Project Overall Winner.

Hughie is pictured with Billy Bennettt, Registrar ATU Donegal, Gertie Taggart, Head of Faculty of Engineering and Technology ATU Donegal and George Porter, Scifest.  

He will now go on to represent the region at the National Final in Dublin in November. 

Earlier this year, Hughie was highly commended at the national BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition for the same project, a game he designed and developed to help people with dysgraphia to improve their writing and other fine motor skills.

He was one of six students from the AVS to take home a prize, and school was well represented with a great range of projects demonstrating excellence in research, innovation and solutions to challenges faced by people in a number of walks of life. 

Proud teacher Donna Furey from the school's science department said: "Congratulations to all our students who participated in the Scifest North West Regional Finals at ATU Donegal.

"It was great to be back at a 'live' event and to showcase projects in person to a team of 17 judges from the STEM industry and education sector.

"A special word of commendation to all our winners and especially to TY student, Hughie McShane for his achievement."

The other AVS prizewinners were: 
CJ Burke and Micheál Deely - Best Project Runner Up Award
Grace Masterson - Intel Ireland Technology Award and Runner up for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award
Michael Masterson - Business Excellence Institute Award  
Ben Kelly and Bobby Gallagher - Fennergo Communication Award
Maya Leehan - Accenture Maths in Science Award and the Irish Science Teachers' Association Award

Click through our photo gallery of the event to see all the prizewinners and get a flavour of some of the fantastic projects submitted by the AVS. 

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