START Award

Glinsk N.S. was one of four schools nationally short-listed for the START [School Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials] awards organised by the Health Research Board at Arás Moyola N.U.I.G on the 18th of May.

Every year the world celebrates International Clinical Trials Day on May 20th. This event marks the anniversary of the first well-documented randomised clinical trial which took place in 1747 in the British Navy. The Health Research Board – Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) wishes to celebrate this important occasion with the help of the younger members of our community.

Teachers and students are asked to identify a suitable research question they can answer scientifically using the information provided. The purpose of this competition is to help students become aware of the randomised clinical trial process, rather than answering a ground breaking question.

Their research question was Do extra Maths games improve test scores? Pupils sought parental consent and pupils consent from pupils in 1st, 2nd & 3rd class. The group was split into two, one group playing Maths games and the other group playing other games for twenty minutes each day. They used the Westwood one-minute Maths test at the beginning of the research and again at the end and all their finding can be seen on https://glinskstart.weebly.com/

   
   

Pupils spent two hours working on fun interactive science activities & experiments, such as investigating their heart rate before and after exercise, making their own catapults, meeting the independent living computer companion, investigating the circulatory system etc  before the awards ceremony in the afternoon.

   

Glinsk N.S. won 2nd place overall – congratulations to all the pupils and Ms. Roughneen on their great achievement. Take a look at more photos from the day below.

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