Winners and Finalists 2014

20 Teams from across Ireland came to the One Good Idea National Finals on 16th May and presented their fantastic projects to the judges. Below are the winning and highly commended projects. See the day in action here. View lots more photos in our gallery.

But it didn't end there.... the One Good Idea winning teams took their projects one step further! The students developed their campaigns into a full scale public poster campaign for display in the Science Gallery and around Dublin city to coincide with the "Strange Weather" exhibition. Scroll down to see their posters.

OGO overall winners 2014


Pictured left are The Green Team, overall winners of the One Good Idea 2014. Jamie Mulqueen and Katelyn McCarthy from St Michael's Community College, Kilmihil, Co Clare ran a campaign for primary school children on energy efficiency and climate change, see their website Their board game was a big hit with the younger kids, where theygot rewarded for completing everyday tasks to help people be more energy efficient. Congratulations to the two students and to their teacher, Sarah Nestor. See them on RTE's News2Day programme here.

Team Teenage Flicks (right), TY students from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, Co Dublin were awarded the prize for Senior Winners for their series of "stop-motion" animation videos available to view on their website and YouTube Shauna Byrne, Rachel Brennan, Christine Farrally and Regan Dunne designed and developed 6 videos on the topic of energy efficiency titled "What's in it for me?" They were supported and encouraged for the duration of their campaign by their teacher Olivia Derwin. Congratulations to the team and Ms Derwin.


Senior winners 2014
Junior winners 2014

Megan Carty and Laura Foley from Abbey Community College, Boyle, Co Roscommon scooped the Junior Winner prize for their campaign "Trees for Life". Raising awareness of the benefits of trees and showing their peers how to cut back on paper use was at the heart of their campaign. The two students were helped and supported all the way by their teacher Mary Carr. Well done to the students and their teacher.


Jacks Racks, a team of 5 TY lads from St Mary's CBS, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford are all mad about sport, including cycling. They and their fellow students wanted to cycle to school but there were a number of barriers, one of those being the lack of sheltered, secure bike racks in the school. Following a successful fundraising campaign they raised enough money to get a number of racks installed and they're now looking forward to getting on their bikes in September. Facebook and Twitter were used to let everyone know what they were up to and promoted the new racks to their peers and teachers. Why not follow them on Twitter @JacksRacks and like their facebook page Thanks to their teacher Martina Barry for all the help and encouragement.





The Earthlings team (left) from St Attractas Community School, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo designed and created an interactive game for primary school children which makes learning about energy efficiency fun. The 6 girls programmed the whole game themselves which involved designing each level of the game along with sound effects and comment boxes. Three primary schools in their locality tested the game for the team and the response was a resounding "Yes"! to the game. Download the game and see how energy efficient you are! It's on their website here Well done to Hughie Harvey, their teacher and to the TY students.


Got a Grip, a team of 4 fashion conscious girls decided to do their project on Greener Fashion. Based in Buncrana, Co Donegal they identified that regular shopping trips to the larger cities released alot of emissions from so much driving. So they designed and created a their own line of accessories using old recycled materials which would normally be thrown away. Not only that they also want to encourage their peers to do the same and so developed an accessories kit with accompanying "how to..." videos. They also ran a workshop for all the girls in first year at their school, Scoil Mhuire Convent of Mercy. Well done to the first years and their teacher, Denise Dowds.


Got a Grip


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