eFlow, Ireland’s leading toll solutions provider, is delighted to sponsor the Saffron Schools Science competition along with Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Ireland yet again this year. The competition is part of a broader science programme managed by Saffron and designed to make science fun by showcasing its practical application in outer space.
For the competition in 2020/2021, students were asked to consider the question "What improvements would you like to see in your area which would encourage you to cycle or walk to school regularly and how would you promote active travel in your wider community?" Students are also asked to prepare a three-minute video outlining their ideas, plans or proposals.
Darren McGivney, Digital Marketing Officer with eFlow, said: “We are delighted with our sponsorship of the Saffron Science Competition as it is a great initiative to encourage students to think about science, which is evident in the passion and creativity they all illustrated in their ideas. Congratulations again to the winning team from Presentation Secondary School Thurles.”
Presentation College Thurles were this year's winners as they clearly identified barriers to active travel such as carrying an 8kg school bag filled with books, a lack of bicycle parking, and the presence of road potholes. The team from Presentation Secondary School Thurles also identified solutions to promoting active travel, which included writing to the local county council, reducing the weight of school bags, starting a bike maintenance course, investing in smart bike technology, and identifying and promoting popular tourist spots locally that can be reached via active travel methods. You can watch the winning video here.
The winning team was also congratulated in a video from Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, during the awards ceremony for the competition.