A LIMERICK student who has developed a device that improves timing among crew in a rowing boat has received a top engineering award.
Conor Foy has received an Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) award at the prestigious SciFest@SFI Discover competition.
The event, the national final of SciFest 2013, was held at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.
Conor, a student of Coláiste Chiaráin secured his place at the national final when he won the top prize at the regional SciFest@College event in Limerick IT in May for his device that improves timing among crew in a rowing boat.
The 15 regional SciFest winners were presented with their Excellence in STEM plaque by Professor Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland and chief scientific adviser to the Government.
Conor developed a system that can measure, display, transmit and record the timing difference between, and the force exerted by, a crew of rowers. This system will improve the performance of the crew as it allows a greater synchronicity amongst the rowers. There are some systems available commercially but Conor’s system is the only one that looks at the timing of the oar and the force of each individual stroke, not just the movement of the seat.
Sheila Porter, CEO, SciFest said great science is characterised “not by rote-learning and memorisation but by creativity and investigation”.