Limerick students vie for top prize at scientist exhibition

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Jaimie Campbell, Niamh O'Connell and Mary O'Connor present their project on the digestibility of silage fed to animals on the farm, ahead of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, at the RDS Picture: Marie Keating
STUDENTS from all over Limerick city and county are aiming to take home top awards from this week’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin.

STUDENTS from all over Limerick city and county are aiming to take home top awards from this week’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin.

Around 135 students from 12 secondary schools will present 60 scientific projects to the judges at the RDS event, which runs until Saturday.

On Wednesday morning, students made their way to the RDS to register, and took part in the first round of their projects in the evening. The second round of judging is taking place this Thursday morning, before the arena is made accessible to the science-loving public.

Deborah Ní Cheallaigh, who is a maths teacher at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh and is travelling with the school’s six entrants, commended their efforts and said that it was a “great experience” for all those who get involved.

“It’s not just a labcoat world of science; it is also the science in the world that’s around us. I am from a mathematics background — not science — so getting involved has been great for me as a teacher,” she said.

Gaelcholáiste’s students are competing in three different categories, including mathematics, social science and technology, one of which looks into alcohol misuse in teenagers.

Desmond College, Newcastle West, is presenting a quarter of the total Limerick projects. Some of their projects include a nappy that gives feedback to parents on the health of the child; a device that alerts the driver if they are using the wrong fuel; and a vibrating handbag that alerts the person of an incoming call.

Students at St John The Baptist Community School, Hospital, will present to the judges a gaming application for children and teenagers that educates them on farming hazards.

Laurel Hill’s Aisling Daniels, who is studying for her Junior Cert, developed an app that first aid responders can use when waiting for emergency services.

President Michael D Higgins launched the event this week, saying that the students’ involvement was “of immense importance to us all”.