Two Students from St Leo's College Carlow win High Profile Awards

Congratulations to students Eve McGlinchey and Alicia Premkumar from St. Leo's College, Carlow who were the receipients of some major awards recently. 

A TECHIE teen from St. Leo's College, Carlow has been ranked among the top young scientific minds in the country at SciFest 2015.

Eve McGlinchey (pictured on right), a second-year student from St Leo's College, Carlow was selected among the country's finest with her project Voice Controlled Homeautomation with Raspberry Pi technology and was awarded an excellence in STEM award. 

Eve also received the prestigious accolade of the Spirit of SciFest award, which is awarded to young scientists for outstanding achievement in the field of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and which best illustrates the spirit of SciFest.

Eve's home automation network was developed to meet the needs of indviduals with mobility challenges and uses voice recognition to activate devices. SciFest is an all-island science initiative which fosters active, collarorative and inquiry-based learning among second level students, with over 7, 200 students initially involved. 

Eve was then one of 48 students who went on to exhibit their 27 STEM projects at the national final in the Marino Conference last week. 

Student Concept Competition

The Student Concept Competition is a unique competition which aims to encourage young people to think and create products for the future. Over 800 entries were received for the 2015 competition with only 24 finalists selected for their artwork, creativity and vision.

Alicia Premkumar, 1st year at St Leo's College Carlow, (Pictured above) was selected as one of the 24 finalists. Despite only being 12 years old, Alicia was invited to the awards ceremony in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow.

Alicia was awarded 3rd prize in the competition for her winning entry. Her concept for the competition was the Breath Control Wristband and app. ''It caters for adults and children who suffer from panic and anxiety attacks.

The user simply breaths into the watch face, which is equipped with a microphone sensor and heart rate monitor.

The wristband mimics the users breathing pattern, then slows down causing the user to slow down their breathing pattern and by calming the user down, will stop the attack'' she says.