TEN separate projects by Kildare students will be featured in this year’s BT Young Scientist Competition (BTYSTE).
They include Naas Community School with two projects What-are in the water? and Eyeshadow: Cost vs. Quality.
Scoil Mhuire Community School in Clane also has two projects with How cricket’s growth is affected by food and Examining plant selection to improve the biodiversity of reed beds/integrated constructed wetlands to attract pollinators.
St Mary’s College in Naas also has two entries one of which examined How do different brands of cola effect the calcium levels of bones? while the second is Observing the Antibacterial Effect of Processed Honey in Comparison to Raw Honey.
The entry from Cross and Passion College in Kilcullen asks How efficient is algae as a fuel compared to other fuels? while students from Coláiste Lorcáin in Castledermot look at The ability of different indigestion tablets and traditional remedies to neutralise stomach acid.
Newbridge College students examine Compostable packaging and food safety while students from Maynooth Education Campus have an entry entitled The NIF app.
Out of these participants, four are in the junior age group, five are from the intermediate category and one is from the senior category.
The projects in the competition cover everything from biology, chemistry and physics, to ecology, mathematics and technology. Other projects touch upon topical issues such as cervical cancer screening, the alternatives to and benefits of antibiotics and the growing impact of social media.
Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD said: “I am heartened and encouraged by the number of students and schools that put forward such innovative and pioneering projects for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
“The project title trends always show you what is important to young people in Ireland and this year it is no different with extremely topical themes such as climate change and the environment to the fore. That is why events such as this are so important as they allow students across Ireland to channel their talents and interests into projects and subjects which hold significant importance to them”.
Girls will make up 56 per cent of qualified entrants into this year’s competition, with a 62 per cent increase in girls qualifying in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical category.
This year’s competition will run at the RDS from 9-12 January and will boast a variety of features, including exhibitions involving robotics, space and time.
Shay Walsh, MD of BT Ireland said, “The excitement is really building now in schools across the country as the students put the final preparations to their projects.
“Each year, we endeavour to make this Exhibition better than ever before and I can guarantee that 2019 is no exception. The projects themselves are the main act, and once again, the creativity and talent of these young people will amaze visitors.”
The BT Young Scientist competition was first set up by Dr. Tony Scott and the late Fr. Tom Burke, in association with two UCD physics researchers and a Carmelite priest.
The first ever winner was John Monahan, a past pupil of Newbridge College. He later went on to become the CEO of Avigen, an American biotech company and now sits on the boards of biotechnology companies on both sides of the Atlantic.