BT Young Scientist exhibition: Highly commended projects
Projects across four categories carried out by young participants
Overall BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year 2017 Shane Curran from Terenure College. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times
The following projects at the 2016 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition have been described as highly commended.
Biological and Ecological
Group: Aine, Nic Diarmada, aoibheann, An gcuidíonn peann aibhsithe(highlighters) leat staidear a dheanamh níos fearr, Coláiste Ailigh;
Maeve , O Hagan, Eva , Irish dancing is a sport, not just a hobby, St Catherine’s College;
Calum MacNamara , An investigation into the composition of the gas found in the bladders of Ascophyllum nodosum and Fucus vesiculosus, Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna;
Niall Lyons, Raising awareness and showing the benefits of A2 milk, Coláiste Chríost Rí.
Group: Rachael , Millea , Saoirse , The nose knows: Biometric analysis of dog nose prints, Dominican College - Wicklow;
Ivana, Pyne , Ruairí , Swimming: Do you take my breath away?, St Flannan’s College;
Hannah Spain, Siobhán Larkin , Quantitative study of Portion Sizes in Irish takeaway restaurants., Our Ladys School - Templeogue;
Jack Lohan, Michéal Beirne , The effects of recent floods on Farms in South Roscommon, C.B.S. Roscommon;
Individual: Eve Morrissey, Do different sock materials affect the surface temperature of the foot during Racket sports?, St Vincent’s Secondary School;
Seán Clancy, What fitness types are best for our horses?, Cistercian College.
Group: Rose , Connolly , Catherine , Trichoderma in plants, St Peter’s College - Dunboyne;
Holly King, Molly McConnell , Investigating the link between habitat and the antibacterial effect of honey, South Eastern Regional College - Bangor Campus;
Group: Tighearnán , Mack , Annie , An investigation into how foam reduces spillage in liquids, St Patrick’s High School;
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Misaki , Parbrook , Shen , Interference patterns in fabric, Bandon Grammar School;
Madi , Hayes , Alicja , Domestic Reverse Osmosis Filtration Vs. Mains Water, Is There a Difference?, Kinsale Community School;
Xiangyu Carbon Mallol , Méabh Scahill , The design and testing of a safe drinking water system for developing countries, Sutton Park School;
Individual: Maeve Stillman, SCOBY SCOBY Do, St Mary’s College; Seoda Ní Chaoimh , The energy efficiency of the kettle/ imscrúdú ar éifeachtacht an chitil., Gaelcholáiste Luímnigh;
Group: Lauren, Mc Callion , Rebecca , Investigating the effect of reheating pasta on the rate of digestion of it’s starch by amylase, St Mary’s College;
Bríd , Hughes , Sarah , Eiseapláinéid a Fhiosrú, St Catherine’s College;
James , Clarke , Ruairi , Material Efficient Carbon Capture System, St Marys College - C.S.Sp.;
Rachel Campbell, Bronagh Cassidy, Aoife Lowth, ARIA or Manual?- a statistical analysis into which method of grading retinal images for diabetic retinopathy is the most effective, St Vincent’s Secondary School; Ronan Murphy, Gerard O’Reilly , Can Plants Lead the Way to Unleaded Soil?, Moate Community School;
Sarah Ryan, Lauren Cloonan, Laura Maher, To investigate the effect on the milk for processing of the possible overuse of peracetic acid when sterilizing milking machines and bulk tanks., Ursuline Secondary School - Thurles.
Individual: Rachael Millea, Can coffee be used to remove lead and other heavy metals from drinking water?, Dominican College - Wicklow.
Social and Behavioural Sciences
Group: Rachel Henderson, Meadhbh Hurley, Aoife Walsh, A statistical analysis of the public’s attitudes towards tattoos and an assessment of their impact on employment opportunities., Kinsale Community School;
Orla O’Sullivan , Laura Ryan, Amy O’Reilly , How can we improve the mindfulness of young people in Ireland?, Bandon Grammar School.
Individual: Nicole Marinos, Living with Hearing Loss: The Influence of Environmental Factors on Speech Audibility, Christ King Girls Secondary School; David Daly, Statistical Comparison of Irish Attitudes to Settled Migrants., Kinsale Community School;
Palakshi Rattan , An analysis of the Brexit referendum by age immigration and area, Dominican College.
Group: Eimear Kearins, Ailbhe Morgan, Ava O’ Grady , 7 is Scarlet, Ursuline College; Nia Daly, Tríona Nyhan , Úna O’Donovan , A statistical analysis of people’s awareness of the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA) in reused disposable plastic bottles., Kinsale Community School;
Luke Frawley, Conor Kelly, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” can drawings on sensory be used to increase understanding of ASD. Our ‘ideal transition year class’ - A science for all approach., St. Joseph’s Secondary School;
Lucy Keane, Sophie Shine, Anne Holohan, Intelligent Tablets - Does your learning intelligence suit your tablet?, Loreto Secondary School - Kilkenny; Sean Maguire, Patrick Kenny, Medical Cannabis: Is there a middle ground?, Lanesboro Community College;
Individual: Erin Connolly, The reaction’s of people to mothers breastfeeding in public, St Marys College;
Niamh Breslin, Domestic God and Goddess: An assessment of teenagers ability to care for themselves and the factors that influence this., St Joseph’s Secondary School;
Hana Gallagher, The Effects the Development of Technology has on Linguistics, Loreto College - St Stephens Green.
Group: Daniel , Mc Sweeney , Jamie , Farm safety - obvious yet dangerous?, Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry;
David , Coffey , Mark , The Feasibility and Popularity of a United Europe, Garbally College; Claire , Nic Suibhne, Hugh Anthony, Staidéar a dhéanamh ar an dearcadh atá ag daoine i dtreo gaeilge, Coláiste Ailigh;
Maeve Shaw, Anailís staitisticiúil ar thionchar cuairteanna chúraim dheonacha ar dhearfacht mheoin othair gheiriatracha., Coláiste Pobal Osraí - Kilkenny;
Peter , Kelly , An exploration of the influence of Parents on cigarette smoking among Irish teenagers., Coláiste Ailigh.
Group: Stephen , Emerson , Sean , Distance Diagnostics, St Killian’s College;
Individual: Alex Goodison, pocketKnow - Your ultimate tool for Revision, Coláiste Iósaef.
Annie , Nichol , Laoise , Outdoor Retro-Reflective Christmas Decorations, St.Brendan’s Community School;
Padraig Mcdermott, Billy Dalton, Oisín Lough , Get off my Tail, Marist College - Athlone; Paraic O Ciaruain, Mihailo Manojlovic, A smoke alarm geared towards alerting hard of hearing/deaf people to fires at home and in the workplace, St Benildus College;
Individual: Omar Salem, Protecting turbofans from foreign object damage., Sutton Park School; Donovan Web , Mount Usher Navigator - The Application of new technology to engage young people in natural tourism, East Glendalough School.
Group: Katie , Rabbitte , Annie: Protection or Infection, Tullamore College; Andrew , Mansfield , Ewan , Energy Monitor, Coláiste Mhuire;