Five projects submitted by Kildare students to this year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition have been given awards by the organisers.
There was a total of 2,031 projects from 4,251 students across Ireland entered this, with every county represented by a submission. 60% of entrants are female and the highest ever number of entries from DEIS schools, a positive indication of the power of this platform to engage participation in the critical STEM subjects.
Among those to receive awards were five projects from Kildare. Evan Maher, of Patrician College in Newbridge, got a Highly Commended award for his project on The comparison of organic spider silk vs silk-like polymer on the grounds of mechanical properties and viscoelasticity.
Salesian College student Odhran Brady received the same award for his interesting development on reducing insurance costs by quantifying whiplash in a project titled 'An IoT Sensoring Approach to Help Reduce Insurance Claims Costs.'
Other projects from Scoil Mhuire CS and St Wolstan's CS also received Highly Commended awards, while Éilish Plumyers and Fionn Reilly's project on Careful Crossings came in second place in the Junior Technology Group. Both students go to Celbridge CS.
Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, said, “I’m delighted to be here at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition - it’s fantastic to see so many young people engaged and inspired by the STEM subjects and their application to real world problems.
"Outside of school activities such as this have a critical role to play in sparking that passion in our children for science and technology and have a massive influence on their engagement with STEM in their future lives. We’ve recently launched our STEM strategy which aims to give more formal recognition to student’s participation in initiatives such as this.
"I would like to congratulate every student, teacher and school community involved for all their hard work during the year and especially this week. The Exhibition is a highlight for the education calendar every year.”
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