Four teams taking part in Young Scientist competition

By Esther Hayden

Published 14/01/2017 | 00:00

Three Wexford schools will be flying the flag for the county at the annual BT Young Scientists and Technology exhibition this week.

The competition which opens in the RDS Dublin tomorrow (Wednesday) runs until Saturday and will see ten students from three County Wexford schools showcase four different projects.

FCJ Bunclody has two entries to the competition while Meanscoil Gharman and Loreto Secondary School have one entry each.

The two projects submitted by the FCJ students are both competing in the Social and Behavioural Sciences and both are group entries. One group comprising Kate Kirwan, Ciara Carroll and Niamh O'Dowd focuses on measuring radon awareness in a high risk area while the second group of Aisling Pender and Ciara Kinsella focuses on 'The DoneDeal Experience'.

Both teams are being taught by Stephanie O'Dwyer.

Niamh Tennan and Olivia Morris Nolan from Meanscoil Gharman will compete in the Technology category with their Funky Focail App while the final group from Wexford are from the Loreto. Their teacher is Aine O'Regan. Like the FCJ students Amy Richard, Rebecca Thomas and Sadhbh Cullinane are competing in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category with their project on an investigation into the public's attitudes and perceptions towards antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance. Their teacher is Pauline Finnerty.

Last year Wexford has three entries in the competition from two different schools, FCJ Bunclody and Loreto Wexford.

In total 550 projects will be on display at the exhibition which were whittled down from 2,091 project submissions.

The 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition attracted individual and group entries from 4,591 students in total, an increase of over 3 per cent on last year. Girls once again out-numbered the boys with a gender split of 61 per cent female to 39 per cent male entrants. Students submitted ideas and innovations on subjects ranging from migration to climate change to concussion injuries, with Social & Behavioural Sciences the most popular category accounting for 41 per cent of entries.

There are over 140 teacher and pupil awards to be won at the competition, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year. For more information on the exhibition or to follow the exhibition log onto www.byyoungscientist.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @BTYSTE.

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