Limerick school is top of the class at BD STEM Stars competition

Jade Colbert and Abbey McNamara, Cholaiste Nano Nagle Limerick pictured at this year's BD STEM Stars event. Photo: Arthur Ellis

PUPILS from a Limerick school were awarded for their demonstration at the recent BD STEM Stars competition.

Desmond College, overall winners of the competition last year, didn’t go away empty handed this year either, taking home the Best Live Demo award for their ‘SmartOtoscope’ project .

The competition, organised by BD (Becton, Dickinson, and Company) a medtech company with a base in Limerick, aims to encourage teenagers to consider a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths).

Students from all over Munster attended the competition at BD’s Research Centre Ireland facility in Castletroy.

Competition organiser and BD enterprise project manager, Fionnagh Tsang, said that the Newcastle West school had lots of interest on the day following from their win last year.

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“Lots of eyes were on the West Limerick school after last year’s success and they were in good company, with impressive innovation from schools across Munster, including fellow Limerick schools Coláiste Chiarain and Coláiste Nano Nagle.

“This is now a Munster-wide competition, and we were delighted to see entries coming in from all over the province yet again.”

The overall award this year was won by Kinsale Community College, who took home the €10,000 overall prize.

In addition to the competition element, students also
received a tour of the BD high-tech RCI facility before the big announcement of the winners.

The BD 2024 STEM Stars Award, which is supported by the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, is the biggest such awards programme in Munster.