Presentation Secondary School, Sexton Street, Limerick Young Scientist 2013

Presentation Secondary School, Sexton Street, Limerick was delighted to have 5 entries in the BT Young Scientist competition this year.

11 projects were entered by the fourth year class and five were chosen, this in itself is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the creativity and hard work of this class.

It is the first time in over 20 years that the school was represented at this event and we were extremely lucky to come home with one highly commended award.

The first of these projects was completed by Sarah Little (pictured above) and is called First Impressions. She wanted to see if it is possible to influence a person’s first impression when they meet someone new for the first time.

Her main finding was that a woman can make herself look more ambitious, hardworking and honest by wearing little or no makeup. Sarah won a Highly Commended award for this project.

Chelsea McNally and Katelyn McMahon (pictured below on right) worked together to investigate why students sometimes fail to bring in their PE gear to class. They called their project ‘Skip it’.

They discovered that genuinely forgetting to bring in gear is the main cause followed by sickness and injury.

The girls also learned that boys and students in exam classes are more likely to lie to their teacher as to why they have no gear.

Roisin Hogan, fed plants various amounts of vitamin C for 5 weeks to find out if it can have an effect on the growth of a plant.

She discovered that vitamin C can cause the plant to divide in two and in some cases cause double the number of flowers.

If this result can be transferred to other plants it may lead to the growing of crops that require less space and less of the Earth’s resources.

When Nicola Bennett lived in Southill she was tired of the negative comments that she frequently heard about this area.

Nicola has used this competition as an opportunity to tell the public about the achievements and community spirit that still exists in this neighbourhood.

She believes that the media should play a greater role in focusing on the positive aspects of Southill.

Pictured above Nicola Bennett with her project on Southill.

Finally, Daria Biel, Rosanna Marciniak and Paulina Bielarska investigated the difficulties that International Students have in the Irish school system.

They found that it is important for students, like themselves, to get as many opportunities as possible to speak to Irish students.

There are two reasons for this, the first is that it is the best way to learn English and the second is that they will be more likely to find things in common, making it easier to make friends.

Pictured above Daria Biel, Rosanna Marciniak and Paulina Bielarska at their stand during the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2013.

Pictured above Roisin Hogan at her project stand during the exhibition.