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.