WITH the Halloween semester starting this week, now is the time for schools to start working on their projects for PExpo ’22 which, after one year online, will return to its usual DCU location on Wednesday April 6, 2022.
PExpo was first held in 2015 and gave high school students the opportunity to show off their knowledge of sports, fitness and related topics at an annual exhibition – and to win valuable prizes.
Last year, Evan Hogg of Heywood Community School Co Laois won the Sport Psychology Section Senior Award for a project called âSDT in Sportâ.
A cash prize of â¬ 250 rewards the best overall projects in the junior (up to 3rd year) and senior (from 4th year) categories. Prizes are also awarded under seven main headings – ICT and sports photography, the power of sport, wellness, fitness components, nutrition, game development and sports psychology, as well as two special categories. – women in sport and sport in business.
As physical education is now a Leaving Cert subject, two additional categories were added in 2020 – Leaving Cert PE and Senior Cycle PE. Projects are judged not only on content but also on presentation and on the students’ ability to explain their topic and defend their conclusions in front of a jury. Since moving its original headquarters from Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun to nearby DCU in 2018, the number of projects submitted has grown steadily. In the past three years, around 150 high-quality projects from over a thousand students have been submitted and many schools are submitting multiple applications.