CBS boys win science prize for wind project
THREE YOUNG Wexford CBS students are full of wind - and it's winning them prizes.
First year students Liam Hore and Eoin Hickey from Mulgannon and Stephen Breen from Castlebridge blew away the opposition at Waterford IT's 'Scifest' with their project on renewable energy, wind turbines and wind power.
The students started preparing for the event in November under the guidance of science teacher, Jean Donlon, who helped the boys decide on the topic 'What amount of blades produces the most energy.' The students wanted to discover if blade size and number impacted on a windmills efficiency.
Cutting up Coca-Cola cans to make small aluminium models, the students made their own varying size windmills and recorded their findings. They also visited Carne wind farm to understand how the design of windmills affected efficiency.
The work was completed over four months, and the boys won the Junior Technology section for their enthusiasm, knowledge, understanding and communication skills.
They were also chosen as overall winners in the Discover Sensors section, which was open to all students - including those at Leaving Cert level.
The students plan to delve more deeply into the topic and enter next year's BT Young Scientist Exhibition.