STEPS Young Engineers Award 2022 Award Ceremony

Winners of the STEPS Young Engineers Award 2022

Clooney National School, Co. Clare

Project – The Ash Antibiotic

Team – The Clooney Crackers

Members – Tiernan, Jane, Patrick, Maggie, Kate 

Teacher – Sinead Lynch

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The Ash Antibiotic invention is a prototype robot which aims to detect and cure Ash dieback disease. The innovative project was developed to support and foster local wildlife in Clare and to support hurling manufacturing in the county. The students created a spherical robot, made out of cardboard and paper mâché, and a working motor to demonstrate the possibilities of their invention and how a robot could travel to an infected tree and inject a liquid medicine to help cure the disease.

Having developed a prototype for their project, the winning student team commented: “Ash trees have been part of our history for thousands of years. They are one of the seven sacred trees of ancient Ireland and are one of the most common native trees in Ireland. We believe that our invention could help to prevent Ash dieback disease which is very prevalent in our community. By protecting trees from this disease, we can not only help the animals that live in the trees, but also support our hurling community, so that hurleys can be manufactured from local wood.”


David Purcell, Chair of Engineers Ireland’s Thomond Region,  Ciara Grogan, Clare County Camogie Player and former Clooney NS pupil presented  the winning team with their STEPS Young Engineers Award.



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Runners Up

St. Oliver’s National School, Co. Louth

Project – Solar Panel Train
Team – The Super Solar Pals
Members – Finn, Oran, Matthew, Adam, Jake , George 
Teacher – Ciara Mcquillan


Highly Commended

Scoil Eoin, Co. Cork

Project – The Clever Frogs

Team – The Quirky Bridge

Members - Cian Mc, Cian M, Declan, Jane, Siobhan

Teacher – Eimer Healy


Coolick NS, Co. Kerry

Project – The Litter Picker 2000

Team – Grupa Domhain

Members - Sarah, Aoibhinn, Niamh, Grace, Nathan, Diarmud

Teacher – Fiona Mc-sweeney


Anabla NS, Co. Kerry

Project – Hoop Aider

Team – Brainy Basketballers

Members – Saoirse, Nessa, Aoibhinn, Cian, Paddy

Teacher – Denise Lynch


Scoil San Treasa, Co. Dublin

Project – Food Power

Team – The Golden Age Scientists

Members – Lucy, Ben, Jack, Conor, Eabha

Teacher – Jennifer Keogh


St. Joseph’s NS, Co. Galway

Project – The Woodford Windy Windmills

Team – The Poles of Power

Members – larla, Peterm, Jack, Wayne, Dylan

Teacher – John Larkin


St. Andrew’s NS, Co. Dublin

Project – Whiteboard Table

Team – Pickle Generation

Members – Robert, Rory, Arthur, Elliot, Oscar, Peter

Teacher – Allison Halligan