Young Scientist Awards 2011

CEIST are delighted to announce the achievements of some our schools at the recent BT Young Scientists 2011 exhibition held in the RDS.

Coláiste Muire in Crosshaven, Co. Cork won the best group award for their project on "DIY Wind Power: Portable Community Generators for the Third World". The students on the team were Thomas Cronin, Jeremy Barisch-Rooney and Dylan Cross.

The Individual Runner-up award went to student James Doyle of Presentation de la Salle College, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow (Pictured Below) for his project titled "The Potential of Waste Materials from Hedgerow Cuttings as a Feasible Biomass Fuel".










A record breaking 3,843 students attended this year's BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition, it has been announced.

According to BT, a total of 1,735 projects were also entered in the competition, while 520 projects were selected to take part in the finals.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan attended the event, alongside Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin and Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley.

Commenting on the exhibition, which took place from January 12th to the 15th, the Tánaiste described the event as "hugely important".

"We're trying to encourage our young people into the sciences much more. I feel that competitions like this really enthuse young people and get them thinking," she said.

Ms Coughlan also praised the teachers, stating that they are very supportive of the students who enter.

Dublin student Alexander Amini from Castleknock College, Dublin was named as the overall winner of the competition, taking the prize for his project named Tennis Sensor Data Analysis.

Other CEIST Schools Award Winners


  • John Clancy, Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Can Seed Dispersal Efficiency be Improved by Better Design? (2nd in Junior Individual Category).
  • Cathy McKeown, Lynda McGee, St. Vincent's Secondary School, Dundalk, Is DVD Training Good Enough? A Comparison of First Aid Training to DVD Training in CPR Application by Teenagers. (3rd in Junior Group Category).
  • David Sims, Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Variations in the Gas Composition of the Bladders of Ascophyllum Nodosum. (2nd Intermediate Individual).


  • Rachel Begley, St. Vincent's Secondary School, To Develop a Form of Test to Measure Magnesium Levels in Milk, as an Aid to Help Prevent Bovine Grass Tetany. (1st Junior Individual Category).
  • Niamh Cunningham, Our Lady's College, Greenhills, Drogheda, Physics of Taekwondo. (3rd Junior Individual Category).
  • Muireasa Carroll, Denise Hurley and Mairéad Kingston of Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, An Investigation into Sea Lettuce Briquettes. (1st Senior Group Category).


  • Aoife Stephens, Presentation Secondary School, Miltown, Co. Kerry, It Just Clicks! Positive Reinforcement in Horses. (Joint 1st Intermediate Individual Category).
  • Maria Regan and Hannah Kielty, Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, Galway, Self-esteem in Teenagers - Fact or Fiction. (2nd Intermediate Group Category).
  • Marie Carkill, Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Changes in the Occurence of Surnames Since 1911 in Kildare and Clare. (2nd Senior Individual).


  • Marie Carkill, Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Changes in the Occurence of Surnames Since 1911 in Kildare and Clare. 

Other CEIST schools that made the newspaper headlines were St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, where student, Darina Lynch, developed a way to bring the common fresh-water sponge in from the wild and make it grow indoors. In another study, students from St Aloysius Secondary School, Cork looked at whether listening to music could improve learning. 

CEIST would like to congratulate the students above on their achievements and to all students from CEIST schools who participated in the competition.