THE FEMALE of the species may be deadlier than the male, but pupils at the Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh have turned the myth that women are better multi-taskers on its head.
The Irish college in Sir Harry’s Mall has just submitted five entries to the annual Young Scientist competition, with one of the highest entries in the region.
The science projects - rooted in sociology, the environment and enterprise - are sure to attract plenty of attention, and could even be worthy of an appearance on the Dragon’s Den, according to one student. Second year pupils Brian Grace, from the Ennis Road, and his project partner Eoin McNamara, developed an invention using spinning copper pipes to dry clothes faster than on a conventional clothes line, and far cheaper than in a tumble dryer.
Ava Barrett, Katie Fitzgerald and Sinead Toomey, also second year pupils, conducted an experiment to determine whether men or women are better multi-taskers, and contrary to popular perception found that men are better in this regard, based on a series of tests they performed while working on a computer and juggling other tasks at the same time. Ciara Olsdhoorn, from Murroe, and her project partner Jenny Mullins, from Roxboro, put popular heartburn and antiacid medicines to the test, and found that Milk of Magnesia is the best at alleviating stomach acid. Transition year student Shelly Galligan, from the Old Cork Road, conducted studies on the levels of phosphate in the waters at Lough Derg, O’Brien’s Bridge, and Ballycuggeran beach arising from detergents used in washing machines and dishwashers. Some high levels of phosphate and the accompanying loss of oxygen have given rise to poor aquatic life in Lough Derg, she said.
Fourth year pupil Niall Healy also put popular woods and varnishes to the test to come up with a better alternative to PVC, which has been associated with some cancer properties. Deputy principal Sinead Ni Chairdha said the students can be very proud of their efforts, under the guidance of three science teachers.