A SECOND year student at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh claimed first prize in her category at the BT Young Scientist competition, for her study on the factors that could prevent an age-old problem, and admittedly an annoying one.
Aideen McLoughlin won the prize in her section for finding out why tea-pots and jugs dribble and what angle stops this age old problem.
She also achieved first prize at Scifest in Limerick Institute of Technology last May, and continued to pursue this project during the intervening months, taking first place in the junior individual of the mathematical, chemical and physical category. Another second year student at the school on Sir Harry’s Mall won second prize in the junior individual biological and ecological category. For his project, Séamas Bulaeir analysed whether a native Irish pondweed could be used in Leaving Certificate biology experiments instead of the costly, Elodea. Highly commended were second year students Dónal Enright, Ben Ryan and Brian O’Riordáin for their project, Odour Abs – Give Odours the Red Card.
Transition year students Emily Waters, Nóra Farrell and Eilbhe Harrington did a study of the colour change in oak and ash leaves during the autumn, which led to a display award.
Another well deserving prize winner was Ciaran O’Mara of Castletroy College who not only won second individual prize in the technology section for his project which developed a solar panel that followed the sun, but he also won the Bell Labs Eco award for his innovative project.
Michael Fitzgibbon, Killian Ryan and Emmett Ryan of Ard Scoil Ris received a special recommendation for their App ‘Keep your eye on the ball,’ developed to raise the issue of testicular cancer. Sarah Little of Presentation Secondary School received a highly commended award for her article on ‘first impressions’.