Winners & Finalists 2015

Overall Winners 2015
Back2Basics with game_1Team "Back 2 Basics" from St Aloysius College, Cork (pictured right with Minister Alex White, Brian Motherway, SEAI and their teacher Claire O'Connor) were announced Overall Winners of the One Good Idea competition 2015 with their campaign which encouraged primary school children to use less technology, play outside and exercise more. The team created a giant sized energy game based on a household with lists of good and bad energy related behaviours such as leaving lights on or the tap running. The game encourages healthy activities - when a player loses a move by choosing a bad energy, they have to do things like jumping jacks. The winning team got €2,000 for their school, tablets for each team member and a €250 voucher for their teacher. Congratulations!
Primary Winners 2015
2015 was the first year that Primary Schools were invited to enter the competition and 6 amazing teams made it to the finals and impressed the judges no end. After much deliberation the judges announced Ardfert National School from Co Kerry as PrimaryWinners 2015. Their campaign called "Ardfert Super Savers" targeted energy wasting behaviour in the schools and demonstrated how by making simple changes they could save energy, money and reduce carbon emissions. Congratulations to all the team, pictured here with Brian Motherway, SEAI, Ray O'Neill, AIB and their teacher Marie O'Connell. They were awarded €2000 for their school, tablets for all team members and a One4All voucher for their teacher.


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Senior Winners
Green Revolution with display_3The prize for Senior Winners went to "Green Revolution", a team of two TY students from Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, Co Tipperary under the guidance of their teacher Olivia O'Brien. Their project aimed to educate farmers about carbon emissions and present ways in which to reduce energy and emissions or "hoof miles" on their farms. They won €1500 for their school and One4All vouchers for themselves and their teacher.
Junior Winners
Team "Lifesavers" from Abbey Community College, Roscommon scooped the prize for Junior Winners with their project which highlighted the reasons why we need to reduce energy in order to save the planet. They showcased what the world will look like in 20 years if we don't address these issues now. Among the many awareness raising initiatives the 3 students did was an interview on Shannonside FM, which has a daily listenership of 70,000! Well done to them and their teacher Mary Carr. Their prize was €1500 for their school and One4All vouchers for the students and teacher.


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Senior Runner-Up
Athlone Urban Greenway_5Senior Runner-Up prize went to a team of TY students from Athlone Community College whofocused on re-opening an old local railway pass to create a new route to their school to allow for safer walking, cycling and "park 'n stride" to school. They got various people in the community involved including the local County Council and Gardai and used posters, leaflets, a film and twitter to spread the word about their project. They were presented with a cheque for €1000 for their school and One4All vouchers for the team and their teacher, Leo Smith.
Junior Runner-Up
Team Tech-tastic Savers won the prize for Junior Runner-Up. From Gaelcholaiste Choilm, Co Cork the 6 students ran a “savies” competition which asked students to take selfies of themselves while unplugging devices. The aim of the campaign was to teach 1st years at tehir school to be more energy savvy by not overcharging devices such as phones. They also did workshops with 240 students, created posters and wrote a song to promote their campaign. They won €1500 for their school and One4All vouchers for the team and their teacher, Claire Ni Ainle.


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Irish Year of Design 2015
Smarticles presenting2_7"An infusion of art becoming environmentally smart" is the tag line for this project. "Smarticles" are a team of 4 TY students from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, Co Dublin under the guidance of their teacher Claire Beegan and they scooped the special award to mark Irish Year of Design 2015. The focus of their campaign was on creatively recycling, upcycling and making new things out of old materials as a way to reduce energy and tackle climate change. Learn more about their impressive project on their website Not only were they successful at the One Good Idea awards they also won Best TY Project at the Eircom Junior Spider awards. Congratulations to the team and their teacher!
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