Limerick's bright sparks win big at Young Scientist awards

Ryan O'Rourke

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Limerick's bright sparks win big at Young Scientist awards

Orla Mullane, 14, and Lucy Flaherty, 14, students from Desmond College, Newcastle West at the Young Scientist Awards. Picture: Andres Poveda

STUDENTS from six Limerick secondary schools have been recognised at the 55th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition awards.

And Limerick students were honoured with four special awards in a range of different fields.

Students from Ardscoil Ris in the city took the Technology Intermediate Individual joint second place award for their project, TagBuddy A Safe and Secure NFC authenticated messaging service for teenagers. This project also won the IE Domain Registry Award in the Special Awards category.

The Maxim Integrated Award, in the Special Awards category, went to Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh in the city for their project Anti-Antibiotics: A study on the use of antibiotics in County Clare.

The COMREG or Commission for Communications Regulation Awards in the Special Awards category went to Ardscoil Ris for their technology project How Now Brown Cow?: A collar with sensors to monitor cow movement, temperature, identification and more.

Students from Desmond College in Newcastle West won The Portwest Workplace Safety Award in the Special Awards category with their project  A Safety Harness Attachment to Prevent Suspension Trauma.

John The Baptist Community School in Hospital took home the BT Educator of Excellence- Social and Behavioural Sciences award, in the Educator Award category for their work on social and behavioural sciences.

Five projects from Ardscoil Ris, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, and Coláiste Chiaráin in Croom received the honour of being Highly Commended.

Two projects from Desmond College and three projects from Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry received Display Awards for their projects.

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, was delighted with this year's awards.

“I am thrilled to be here at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The atmosphere of excitement, creativity and fun at the RDS this week has been incredible. I am particularly pleased to see so many young people tackling some of the most important issues facing us, from climate change to health to technology, ethics and societal change. The students are a credit to their families, schools and teachers and they should rightly be proud of being here. They are a huge inspiration,” said Minister McHugh.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the unique and brilliant event that the BTYSTE is; the organisers; the 81 judges; the dedicated teachers; and of course the mothers, fathers and families whose support is absolutely key to this,” he added.