Three in a row for Presentation Secondary School, Milltown, Co. Kerry

Robert Leask, a Leaving Cert student, of Presentation Secondary School Milltown, Co. Kerry secured a first in the Young Scientist of the Year competition in RDS Dublin last week to follow in the footsteps of Aoife Stevens and Niamh MacSweeney in the previous two years.

Robert was awarded first prize in the Senior Technology category for his project:

“Ellipse Compass”

Robert’s novel idea was initated from reading the notebooks of Leonardo De Vinci.

An avid Mathematical and Technical Graphics student Robert developed a compass which could draw Ellipses something that had never been done before. After months of work he built his very first model of such a compass from Lego and worked towards entering his invention in the Young Scientist Competition.

Each of the four Judges was highly impressed with the quality of his work and particularly his depth of knowledge. Robert underwent a rigorous examination on the different aspects of his invention, design and calculations over the three days of the competition.

Teacher, Mr Denis Maguire, Robert’s mentor, acknowledged Robert’s talent and excellent ability. “He is extremely capable and self-motivated.

Robert’s success is well deserved. Staff and students are absolutely thrilled with his achievement” he said.

On behalf of Presentation Secondary School, Mr Cormac Bonner, Principal, congratulated Robert on his wonderful achievement acknowledging that it was a great honour for himself, his family and all associated with Presentation Secondary School, Milltown."

Click here to listed to audio of Robert explaining his project.

PIctured above is Presentation Miltown student Gabriel Galway at the exhibition with his project, Eyes Reaction.