Transition Year (TY) students at St Mel’s College in Longford have come up with a novel ideal for this year’s County Enterprise Awards which is run in conjunction with County Longford Enterprise Board (LEB).
Christopher Hewitt, Luke Casserley, Patrick Farrell, Martin Labedz and Ciarán Brady designed an interactive game called ‘County Conundrums’ which is based around geographical facts, county trivia and interesting information on the main county towns, rivers and lakes, etc around Ireland.
Teacher Michael Galvin said that the lads had been “brainstorming” for a number of weeks before they came up with what he describes as “a brilliant initiative”.
“All the lads are TY students,” he said, adding that they got together and examined a number of projects before they decided that ‘County Conundrums’ was the best idea. This is an interactive, fun game that is geared towards play school children, but is also something that the whole family can play together,” he said.
The idea came about as the students began preparing for the Student Enterprise Awards which take place at the end of March and it is a competition in which the students of St Mel’s College have gained noted success in recent years.
“Last year, St Mels won the county award, so we are very excited about it this year,” explained Mr Galvin. “All secondary schools in the county participate and the winning entries will represent the county at national level, so we are all very excited about County Conundrums this year. The project has been fine tuned at this stage and we are ready to put it on the market.”
In an effort to keep the project’s cost base low, the TY students at St Mel’s College printed part of the game themselves while the rest was printed professionally.
“We expect that the game will be on the market next week,” explained Mr Galvin “We have contacted all the schools to see who is interested in purchasing the game and it will be for sale at Demac Education, Harbour Row, Longford at a cost of €20.”
County Conundrums has also generated a lot of interest among the students of St Mel’s and during the open day for sixth class students which was held at the school recently, it was also marketed and the feedback was very positive.
“The feedback from the students is very positive,” explained Mr Galvin. “At the open day, we introduced the game to sixth class students and they were also very positive about it. County Conundrums provides for a fun and interactive way of learning and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support and wish the lads all the very best in the County Enterprise Awards.”