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BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2013

Congratulations to all CEIST schools who participated in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition last week.

CEIST staff who attended the exhibition were very impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge displayed from the students of CEIST schools who had stands at the exhibition and greatly appreciated the time given by students to talk about their projects.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, presented the awards, praising the students and their teachers for their hard work and commitment.

We were delighted to see that CEIST schools were also among the award winners with two schools receiving two of the top four awards and a number of category and special awards picked up by CEIST Schools.

Edel Browne (15) of Presentation College, Athenry, Co Galway, was the worthy recipient of the best individual award for inventing a device that can help people with Parkinson’s disease walk more smoothly. Edel developed a simple laser pointer device that can be attached to the patient’s shoes, giving them a target to focus on in front of them, in the process improving gait.

Her award includes a BT perpetual trophy and €2,400, and Edel also believes that her invention has commercial possibilities.

A CEIST school also scooped the runner-up individual award with Shauna O’Neill of Meán Scoil Muire gan Smál, Roscommon.

Shauna conducted a highly complex and exhaustive study of how water can be changed after exposure to powerful magnetic fields. Shauna takes home a trophy and a cheque for €1,200.

Full list of qualified projects

Click HERE to view the full list of qualified projects for 2013 with CEIST schools highlighted in yellow.

CEIST Schools Category Award Winners

Category Awards - Biological and Ecological Sciences

1st - Intermediate Group, Our Ladys College - Drogheda, Co. Louth 'Horse chestnut trees under attack'

2nd - Intermediate Individual, Clare, Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna, 'Are there morphological differences in the leaf of Geranium sanguineum that are separated geographically?'

Category Award - Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Joint 2nd - Junior Group, Presentation Secondary School, Grogan's Road, Wexford 'To investigate the use of Wexford red silica sand to reduce phosphates in wastewater effluent'.

Category Award - Technology

1st - Intermediate Group, St Joseph's College, Lucan, Co. Dublin 'To investigate, design and create a temperature lowering apparatus used to elongate endurance during exercise'.

1st - Senior Individual, Presentation Secondary School, Milltown, Co. Kerry 'Ellipse compass'

Category Award -Social and Behavioural Sciences

1st - Senior Group, Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 'A Shock in Time: a community based study of response times for each stage of the chain of survival model of cardiac resuscitation for out of hospital cardiac arrest'

2nd - Intermediate Individual, Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare 'Computer and internet usage among adults in North Clare'.

3rd - Intermediate Individual, St Vincent's Secondary School, Dundalk, Co. Louth 'A study on attitudes towards people with an intellectual disability'.

3rd - Intermediate Group, St. Leo's College, Carlow 'The big C: Breast Cancer - what's my risk?'.

Travel Awards

Intel Student Award, Méan Scoil Muire gan Smál, Roscommon, 'The effect of static magnetic fields on molecular and macroscopic properties of water'.

Special Awards

ComReg Special Award, Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, Roscommon 'Protect your engine from petrol damage'.

Google Trailblazers- Best Girl, St Mary's Secondary School, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary 'Investigating methods of automatically classifying sheet music according to difficulty'.

Health Research Board Special Award, Presentation Secondary School, Thurles "A Shock in Time: a community based study of response times for each stage of the chain of survival model of cardiac resuscitation for out of hospital cardiac."

Institutes of Technology Ireland Special Award, Presentation Secondary School, Wexford "To investigate the use of Wexford red silica sand to reduce phosphates in wastewater effluent'.

Marie Keating Foundation Special Award, St. Leo's College, Carlow 'The big C: Breast Cancer - what's my risk?'

Photo Gallery

Below are a some photos taken at the exhibition, we hope to add more in due course. Hover mouse over photo to view more details.