NORTHERN Ireland students who showcased their projects at the 49th annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition have been formally recognised at the awards.
Competing in the prestigious event in Dublin, Oakgrove Integrated College, Londonderry, beat off stiff competition from 31 other schools in the province to win the Best Northern Ireland School Award sponsored by MATRIX.
They also won the University of Ulster Northern Ireland Special Award for their project: ‘Developing methods to harvest seeds from crops for replanting by farmers in developing countries.’ The project developed by students Megan Duffy and Zoe McGirr was entered in the Biological and Ecological category, Junior Group section and also won 2nd prize Junior Group Category Award.
Also hailing from Londonderry, St Mary’s College won the Irish Medicines Board Special Award for their project ‘Medicinal Safety’. They also received third prize – Senior Individual Award for their project and were third again in the Junior Individual category for their project ‘Investigating the fluoride content of shop-bought drinks’ which were both entered into the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences categories.
Further category awards went to Rathmore Grammar School, Antrim, whose students received first prize in the Junior Group for their project ‘Why did our palm trees die?’ entered into the Biological and Ecological Sciences category
St.Mary’s Limavady, Derry/Londonderry students were second in the Senior Individual category for their project ‘Glitter Balls’ which was entered into the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences section.
Student projects from Thornhill College and Lumen Christi College, Derry~Londonderry and St Colman’s College and St Louis Grammar, Down were also highly commended at the awards ceremony.
“The exhibition is incredible this year - more ideas submitted, more partners coming on board, excellent exhibits and certainly more visitors coming through the doors,” said Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland.
“It is becoming a real movement and gaining such momentum in its 49th year. We’re delighted with the winning projects and would like to congratulate the winners on their achievements this week. We know, from experience, that this award will change their lives.”
Ann Blanking of St.Mary’s College said the students were delighted with their haul of three awards.
“The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition has proven to be a great mechanism for students and teachers to interact across science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and inspirational way.
“It is a superb way to stimulate learning outside the classroom and for students to showcase their talent on an international stage. I would encourage more Northern Ireland students to get involved in the competition next year and to see for themselves the wonderful opportunities it brings for future learning and career prospects. The combined efforts and hard work of all the students and teachers involved has resulted in some really innovative projects which have been very well received this week.”