Young Scientist 2014 – highly commended
A packed hall at the 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at the RDS this week. Photograph: Alan Betson
Biological and Ecological
Junior Group: Daragh Exton, Matt Lucey, The vibe of the hive, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh; Clodagh Butler, Fiona Deasy, Marie Dempsey, An investigation into the effect of how colour could aid nutrition in chickens, Kinsale Community School; Amy Murray, Shauna Kiernan, A comparison of adolescents’ foot strike and ground reaction force in shod versus barefoot running, Ardgillan Community College; Mia Hynes, Susan Timmons, A study of the effect of water temperature on the physiological response of open water endurance swimmers, Kinsale Community School.
Individual: Hannah Allsopp, Haemoglobin and blood transfusion, Mount St Michael; Conor Daly, Can alternate feeds change the production of hens’ eggs?, Colaiste Mhuire - Askeaton; Nicole Palmer, The effects of plant volume on the acidification of water bodies, Kildare Town Community School.
Intermediate Group: David Noonan, Caoimhe O’Dea, Eco-friendly greenhouse, John The Baptist Community School; Áine Fealy, Catherine Irwin, Michelle Mohan, Quantification of saliva in shared water bottles, Our Lady’s Secondary School - Monaghan; Orla Keaveney, Andreea Slavescu, A quantitative comparative analysis of the nutritional components of equine and bovine meat, Castletroy College; David Strogen, Jack McHale, Can pyranine dyed water and ultraviolet lighting speed up germination?, Patrician Secondary School - Newbridge; Catherine Gallagher, Alva Vesey, Emer Vesey, The effects of using school chairs on teenagers’ backs and posture, Coláiste Pobail Acla; Conor Ryan, Stephen Lynch, Stephen Woods, Moo Boots; Protective boot for cows, Bush Post Primary School; Laura Joyce, Kathy Devaney, Stimulating adrenaline production in athletic performance, Ursuline College.
Individual: Aoife Kavanagh, Do horses have an advantage over ponies in competitions?, Coláiste Bhríde; Jason Hannan, Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?, St Nessan’s Community College; Evan Quirke, Reseeding land, is it really worth it?, Presentation College.
Senior Group: Alannah Nic A’Bhaird, Heather Mc Gowan, Rebecca Wymbs, To investigate how the environment of a holly tree affects the life cycle of the holly leaf miner (Phytomyza ilicis), Magh Ene College; Sarah Casey, Saibhe Brock, Determining the biodegradability of bio plastics, St Louis High School; Amy Scanlan, Katie Burke, Melissa Scully, The effect of over the counter medication on daphnia, Kildare Town Community School; Louise McCormack, Laura Quigley, Claire McCormack, Does the playing of music in the milking parlour influence milk yield and quality, Presentation Secondary School - Thurles; Justin Moore, John Reynolds, Is biocide usage in agriculture posing a threat to Apis mellifera and apiculture?, Ardgillan Community College.
Individual: Eamonn Sweeney, Stayin’ Alive: Investigating the effects of a metronome on lay people performing CPR, Jesus & Mary Secondary School; Tara Matthews, Redheads, are they more likely to be hyper-mobile?, Seamount College; David Sims, The feasibility of using Ulva lactuca as a method in the treatment of sewage, Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna.
Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Junior Group: Lauren Fahey, Jade Duffy, An investigation in to how oil and water droplets react in zero gravity, Dominican College - Wicklow; Seanan Jones, Callum Higgins, Investigation of the effect of flattening nail points to prevent the wood splitting, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál - Blarney; Conrad Oppermann, Bobby McCarthy, Sub-Zero, Belvedere College; Isobel Moloney, Alice O’Gorman, What products actually kills the bacteria they claim to?, St Andrew’s College.
Individual: Rían Cathcart, The rocket messenger; An investigation into the aerodynamic Impact of the shape and size of a plastic capsule and the Impact on the capsule’s propellant by air, Ardgillan Community College; Aoife Begley, Slip or non slip: That is the question, St Vincent’s Secondary School.
Intermediate Group: Peter Duffin, Ricki Duffield, The detection and impact of solar flares in the upper atmosphere, Wellington College; Nikki Maria Shaji, Ell Hershey Gamas, Maria Farooq Aslam, Use of bio-mimicry and speed of run-off water to determine harvesting time of Irish grown Brassica Oleracea, St Joseph’s College - Lucan; Dominic Lightbody, Thomas Sheerin, David King, Exploring the most efficient design of solar thermal collector, Coláiste Choilm; Carrie O’Leary, Derry O’ Flynn, Sarah Crowley, The power of muck, Colaiste Treasa; Serena Foley, Aleksandra Migliaccio, Susan Lagali, Wind vs. Stringed instruments and the Gabor limit, St Aloysius School; Aidan Fitzpatrick, Jack Mac Namara, An investigation into counting cards in Blackjack, devising a new method of counting cards and writing a computer program that counts cards with accurate results, Gonzaga College; Aiveen O’Callaghan, Aoibhín Sally, Grainne Smyth, Home brewers beware! The effect of hot press temperature variation and bottle storage conditions on variations in alcohol concentration, St Vincent’s Secondary School.