St Kieran’s College were strongly represented at the annual BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS in January with three teams qualifying from Transition Year. The following report was written by two of the TY students who represented the school at the exhibition:
On our first week back from the Christmas holidays we attended the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS from the 8th to the 11th of January. This year, three groups were accepted into the exhibition: Richard McEvoy, Luke Connellan and Oisín O’Connor studied the common injuries among adolescents in Gaelic Games compared to other sports; Padráig Lennon, Jack Butler and Conor Booth examined statistics in Intercounty and school hurling games and the effect on the outcome of matches; Charlie Delahunty, Nick Doheny and Killian Carey researched whether or not organic food production is better for the environment.
We stayed for three nights in the Clayton Hotel near the RDS. The days were long and busy from 9am to 5:30pm. On Wednesday we attended the opening ceremony where Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, was the guest of honour. Each group was judged on three separate occasions by highly qualified judges. As well as being judged we were very busy in explaining our projects and our findings to the vast numbers of visitors to the exhibition, people from all over the country and beyond, from all demographics in society. Generally, all passers-by were very interested in our projects and we were delighted to get the opportunity to explain our work in detail. At night there was evening entertainment in the RDS for students participating in the exhibition.
Although we didn’t win any of the big prizes on offer this year, we were delighted that we were all invited to showcase our projects at further exhibitions in University Of Limerick and Dublin City University, to present our sport based projects to the experts there. The other group got invited to present their environmental project in the Convention Centre. We were tired by the time the exhibition was over on Saturday but it was a great experience that we have learned much from. We would like to say a special word of thanks to our Science Teacher Mr. Hennessy for all of his guidance and assistance in preparation for the exhibition and for accompanying us to the RDS.
Luke Connellan, Richard McEvoy (Transition Year)