New “Dragon’s Den style” competition launched for TY students

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Wicklow TY students are being offered a chance to compete in a new “Dragon’s Den Style” project called Chips@School.

The project was launched today by Infineon Technologies Ireland, Bridge21 and AMBER (the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre) based at Trinity College Dublin.

Chips@School is a weeklong project and competition that will bring students with interests in science, engineering, technology, business and art together to use digital technologies to solve 21st century issues.

During the week, participating transition year students will form groups to research, prototype, and present new tech ideas which address social or environmental issues of their choosing.

Students will have the chance to work in teams on their own research projects throughout the week and will be guided by Bridge21 facilitators and AMBER researchers.

On the final day, students will pitch their new idea to a panel of judges who will decide on a winning team.

Prof. Jake Byrne, STEM Programme Manager at Bridge21, commented on the launch saying: “This programme offers us an opportunity to think creatively about how we can create a unique and authentic learning experience for students.

The project runs from 5th – 9th March, 2018 and students must submit an application form by 9th of February 2018 in order to take part.

For a Chips@School application pack please email

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