Hundreds of young scientists from Limerick show sci-flair

Over 200 second level students from the Limerick area showcased their impressive scientific discoveries and explorations at SciFest at LIT on Wednesday last.

Over 200 second level students from the Limerick area showcased their impressive scientific discoveries and explorations at SciFest at LIT on Wednesday last.

It is part of a series of one-day science fairs that are taking place this year at Institutes of Technology across the country. Almost 100 science projects were displayed at SciFest@LIT with the students delving into a range of investigations - the results of which are bound to raise a few eyebrows.

A study into whether technology is taking over our lives, how much bacteria is on make-up, how phosphates have affected pollution levels in Lough Derg, self-sanitising handles, and how attentiveness is affected by age, were just a sample of the topics investigated. And with energy conservation on everyone’s mind, a student from Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh designed a simple motor clothes line.

Two students from St Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville, Maeve Mulcahy and Mairead O’Donnell were the overall winners of SciFest@LIT for their project “Is a domestic cream a safer remedy for curing mastitis in dairy cows than antibiotics?” A study into how sudocrem® can heal mastitis was conducted, scientifically comparing it with traditional antibiotic treatments.