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Win the trip of a lifetime to NASA’s Space Centre Houston

Open to 12 - 18 year old Irish residents, closing Aug 22nd 2013

27 June 2013

Be in with a chance to win the trip of a lifetime to NASA’s Space Centre Houston, Intel Museum in Silicon Valley, and two days in San Francisco.

Young people in the Republic of Ireland, we need you to help name Ireland’s Greatest Woman Inventor and be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize package for you, a parent/guardian, and a friend or other family member!

Silicon Republic have established a list of 10 finalists in the running to be deemed Ireland’s Greatest Woman Inventor. So to enter the competition, just read about the finalists and then vote for who you think should be named Ireland’s Greatest Woman Inventor.

Visit  to see the list and enter!

Of interest are: 

Pioneering astrophysicist – Margaret Lindsay Huggins (1848-1915)

A moon crater has been named after this self-taught amateur astronomer, and her husband, noted astronomer Sir William Huggins. Over their 30-year collaboration, they studied emissions from stars and nebulae, to lay the foundations of astrophysics. Read more about Margaret Lindsay Huggins.

Torch-bearing astronomer – Annie Maunder (1868-1947)

A crater on the moon has been named after Maunder, who studied the sun and chased solar eclipses around the world. She and her husband, astronomer William Maunder, collaborated on many studies, including the “butterfly diagram” of sunspots. Read more about Annie Maunder.


Bringing the heavens down to earth – science writer Agnes Clerke (1842-1907)

There is a crater on the moon named after this astronomy writer whose works promoted popular astronomy, and helped to shape early astrophysics research. Read more about Agnes Clerke.


The prize draw is open to 12-18-year-old residents of the Republic of Ireland, and parents/guardians may vote on behalf of their child.

Runner-up prizes include a Microsoft Surface RT tablet computer and a Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone, courtesy of Microsoft.

One grand-prize winner will be chosen at random before 30 August from those who voted for the winning woman inventor. The winner, once contacted, will be announced in September, and needs to be available to travel during mid-term break in February 2014.

Good luck!




Margaret Lindsay Higgins
Margaret Lindsay Higgins