BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

Self Help Africa: Jack O’Connor and Diarmuid Curtin

April 13, 2018



2017 Science for Development winners Jack O’Connor and Diarmuid Curtin who received a travel bursary to visit to Malawi.

While there, they field tested their award-winning seed planter, and met with students at the country’s leading agricultural research university.

BT Young Scientists : Malawi Trip

March 9, 2018

“I was amazed by how innovative farmers are in Malawi.”
March 2018: Desmond College BT Young Scientist winners visit Malawi
See how the BT Young Scientists Winners got on
when field-testing their winning project in Malawi, on the Irish Aid site >>

Article in Limerick Post

March 5, 2018

“Two Limerick teenagers return from study visit to Malawi”

“Winners of the Irish Aid sponsored ‘Science for Development Award’ at the event, former students of Desmond College, Newcastlewest Jack O’Connor (18) and Diarmuid Curtin (18), together with their teacher Donal Enright travelled to Malawi with a group of 20 Irish secondary students and teachers, on the annual schools trip organised by the Development Education arm of charity Gorta-Self Help Africa. As the winners of one of the top prizes at last year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.”

Feb 2018: Desmond College students return from study in Malawi (click to view full article in Limerick Post)
Read the full article on the Limerick Post here.

Article from the Limerick Post …

January 26, 2018

BTYSE 2018: Donal Enright and Martina Nolan of Intel
Martina Nolan of Intel presents the Educator of Excellence award to Desmond College Transition year co-ordinator Donal Enright.
Photo: Chris Bellew for Limerick Post


“Transition year co-ordinator, Donal Enright from Desmond College in Newcastle West was recognised as the Intel Educator of Excellence.”

“Students from the Newcastle West school, Jack Corkery, Bryan Mortell and David O’Brien “Don’t Bin the Banana Peel – Biomass it” were highly commended for their technology project while Lauren McMahon, Hazel Corbett and Orla Mullane led with Alzheimer’s Alert in the same technology category…”
Read the full article on the Limerick Post>>

Desmond College Students participate in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

January 19, 2018

Desmond College students travelled to the BT young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS in Dublin from 10th -13th January.

We were very fortunate to have 7 projects involving 12 students to reach the final stages of this prestigious competition.

Ms Aoife Culhane and Mr Donal Enright accompanied the students to the competition. Two of the projects received a highly commended award along with Mr Donal Enright winning the Intel Educator of Excellence Award.


Jan 2018: Desmond College students at the BTYSE2018Desmond College students who participated in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin.

2018: Desmond College BTYSE
Fiona Kelly and Kayla McMahon both 3rd Year students in Desmond College who designed safety glove for farmers. They showcased their project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin.


Jan 2018: showcasing his Scrum Developer at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin
Ronan Mullane showcasing his Scrum Developer at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin.


Jan 2018: Transition Year student in Desmond College presenting her project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin
Sarah Leahy, Transition Year student in Desmond College presenting her project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin.


Jan 2018: Desmond College student presenting his project which investigated how Newcastle West has changed over the years
Evan Condon presenting his project which investigated how Newcastle West has changed over the years. He presented his project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin.


Jan 2018: Desmond College students who showcased their project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin
Hazel Corbett, Orla Mullane and Lauren McMahon who showcased their project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin. The girls designed an Alzheimers Alert system.


Jan 2018: Desmond College students who investigated the use of Banana Biomass as a possible fuel alternative
Bryan Mortell, Jack Corkery and David O’Brien who investigated the use of Banana Biomass as a possible fuel alternative. They presented their project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin.


Jan 2018: 2nd Year student in Desmond College who carried out an investigation into the use of natural and synthetic antioxidants used in food preservation
Emily Garrett, 2nd Year student in Desmond College who carried out an investigation into the use of natural and synthetic antioxidants used in food preservation. She presented her findings at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018 in the RDS Dublin.

Agri-Inspired Projects at the BT Young Scientists Competition

January 15, 2018

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Desmond College at the BT Young Scientist Competition

January 12, 2018

Desmond College at 2018 BT YSE Desmond College at 2018 BTYSE

Desmond College tops Limerick with
7 projects involving 12 students being accepted into the
BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2018

November 19, 2017

An unusually high number of the 2018 Exhibition entries investigate burning social issues such as homelessness, transgender rights and mental health.

Of 2,031 submissions, 550 projects representing every county across the island were chosen as finalists.

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton said,

“I have set the ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe within a decade.

Key to achieving this ambition is ensuring that our young people develop analytical skills, critical thinking and creativity.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition continues to make an invaluable contribution to developing these aptitudes in thousands of students across the country each year.”

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place from January 10 to January 13, 2018 at the RDS in Dublin.

Shay Walsh, MD BT Ireland said,

“BT Ireland is proud to once again be organising the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and to announce the 2018 participants.

As a technology company we feel that it is vital to foster an interest in STEM right across the country to ensure our cities and towns have the talent required to move forward as a society.

This is something we are proud to do with our involvement each year with the BTYSTE”.

Desmond College has the highest number of projects accepted of Limerick schools.


Mr Donal Enright, and Desmond College students in the BT Young Scientist Competition
Mr Donal Enright, Jack Corkery, Evan Condon, Ronana Mullane, Fiona Kelly, Emily Garrett, Orla Mullane, Hazel Corbett Lauren McMahon, Kayla McMahon, Sarah Leahy, Ms Aoife Culhane and Ms Marie Corkery
(Absent from photo Bryan Mortell and David O’Brien)

Limerick’s Science Tradition is Celebrated at BT Launch
(Limerick Leader)

September 14, 2017

Sept 2017: Photo from Limerick Leader
THE 2018 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition was officially launched in Limerick this Monday, as the deadline for entrants approaches.

The BTYSTE launch was held in Limerick this year following a significant increase in entrants from the city and county last year.

“Limerick has always had a proud history of entering the exhibition, but last year the entries rose by 25 percent,” said Shay Walsh, managing director of BT Ireland.

“There’s a proud tradition of participation from schools like Castletroy College, Crescent College Comprehensive, Desmond College, to name but three, and the success of the two past winners from Limerick, Donald McDonnell and Patrick Collison,” he said. read more >>

Swiss Talent Forum

May 10, 2017

On Saturday the 22nd of April, Leaving Cert Student, Emily Duffy, travelled to Switzerland for the Swiss Talent Forum. There she represented the BT Young Scientist alongside delegates from 19 other European countries.

This year at the forum the theme was “Fostering the Next Entrepreneur”. The participants worked alongside Swiss start-ups to come up with innovative solutions to some of the entrepreneurial challenges they face.

The event was composed of panel discussions, breakout sessions and group work. At the end of the four days the teams presented their solutions to the companies CEOs and to business professionals.

Emily is an outstanding student who is a passionate entrepreneur and a hard-working, dedicated student.

Emily had this to say about her experience in Switzerland: “I feel that I have gained a lot from this experience as I got to meet many young people from around Europe who I know will go on to be the next entrepreneurs, leaders and scientists.”


22nd April 2017: Emily Duffy, Desmond College post primary school student, with young entrepreneurs at Swiss talent forum


22nd April 2017: Emily Duffy from Desmond College Post Primary School NewcastleWest Limerick, with young entrepreneurs from all over Europe at the Swiss talent forum

Desmond College Students Celebrate
St. Patrick’s Day in Áras an Uachtaráin

March 29, 2017

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the President and his wife Sabrina hosted a celebration at Áras an Uachtaráin to acknowledge the special contribution made by citizens who have excelled in science and its application to Irish life. It is no surprise that Diarmuid Curtin and Jack O Connor were selected to attend this prestigious event after their outstanding success at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2017.


Desmond College Post Primary School Limerick Students celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Aras an Uactarain, with Michael D. Higgins
Desmond College 6th Year Students Diarmuid Curtin and Jack O Connor pictured with Uachtarán na hÉireann – Michael D Higgins, at Áras an Uachtaráin on St Patrick’s Day.

Jack O’Connor, 6th Year Student in Desmond College,
Awarded Best in Ireland

March 16, 2017

Jack O’Connor, a 6th Year student in Desmond College, took part in the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp last week Held in NovaUCD – University College Dublin (UCD).

The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp brings together some of Ireland’s brightest young entrepreneurs to show them how to set up and run a start-up. This includes how to write a business plan, create a marketing campaign, draft a budget and present their ideas competently to senior academics and business people.

After four days of workshops, all students took part in a pitch competition to show off their business ideas and products in front of a panel of judges. Jack O’Connor from Desmond College in Limerick was recognised as the best individual student. He was awarded the prize for showing an in-depth understanding of the process of bringing an on-paper idea all the way through to project commercialisation.

March 2017: Jack O Connor, 6th Year Student award best Individual student at the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp
Jack O Connor, 6th Year Student award best Individual student
at the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp.

Gorta

March 3, 2017

Jack O’ Connor and Diarmuid Curtin, 6th Year Students in Desmond College, and the 2017 recipients of the Gorta Self Help Africa Award attended the Gorta annual conference in Dublin on Thursday 16th Feburary 2017.

The students got to meet previous winners of the award as well as look at projects from other schools. Ahead of their trip to Africa, Jack & Diarmuid were reminded of the immense opportunity that their double award winning project in the BT Young Scientist & Technology competition offers the developing world.

Feb 2017: 6th Year Desmond College students receive the Gorta Self Help Africa Award

Emily Duffy, youth volunteer from Desmond College has been recognised in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

February 14, 2017

For the dedication she has demonstrated in service to her community, Emily Duffy, from Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick has been recognised as one of 20 finalists in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind which rewards post-primary students for outstanding acts of volunteerism and the positive contribution they make in their local communities and further afield.

Feb 2017: Emily Duffy, 6th year Desmond College Newcastle West Co. Limerick , student finalist in 2017 Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards ProgrammeEmily, a sixth year student at Desmond College, volunteers with the Mendicity Institute and developed the Duffily bag designed to protect homeless people that is now manufactured by service users of the charity.

Emily was initially moved by the high levels of homelessness in Ireland, and was motivated by her past entrances into the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

She then went on to invent the Duffily Bag, a sleeping bag for homeless people. Emily ensured that her invention met their needs and requirements and also developed a production process with them to ensure efficient production.

Emily spent countless hours on the final design and production of the Duffily Bag that now protects homeless people from the harsh conditions they experience living on the streets. The bag is now being produced in the Mendicity Institute, a homeless charity in Dublin, and the service users earn €10 an hour.

She also fundraised for and distributed 75 Duffily bags to the refuges of Calais and Dunkerque.

Emily has made a difference to our world. Her actions have improved the lives of countless people,” said school principal, Vourneen Gavin Barry. “There was no gain or advantage in this for Emily except that she wants to make the world a better place. She is a wonderful young woman.

The post-primary students, who hail from all corners of Ireland, will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the gala awards ceremony on 23rd March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin with special guest speaker Irish international rugby player Jordi Murphy.

At the gala, two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year, receiving €1,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expense paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.

The 20 finalists are extremely passionate about the work they carry out in their local community, and their stories are truly inspiring,” said Andrea McBride, vice president, Pramerica Systems Ireland. “From supporting young people with Down syndrome to travelling to work in an orphanage abroad, they are aiding a broad range of charities and organisations through their selfless acts of volunteerism. It is humbling to see the commitment and dedication from these young people, and we are honoured to recognise the volunteering they are doing in their local schools, communities and abroad to make the lives better of those less fortunate than themselves.

The programme is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI). The programme is also supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige.

The Pramerica Spirit of Community Award

February 7, 2017

Emily Duffy, 6th Year Student in Desmond College, has been named one of Ireland’s 20 Finalists in the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards Programme.

This is an All Ireland recognition programme for outstanding young volunteers. The programme is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI).

The programme is also supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige. Emily will receive a €500 award and an engraved silver medallion at a gala awards dinner in Dublin on 23rd March 2017. Two overall All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year will be named at the dinner and will receive a Gold Medallion and €1000 grants for the charities of their choice.

Feb 2017: Emily Duffy, 6th year Desmond College Newcastle West Co. Limerick , student finalist in 2017 Pramerica Spirit of the Community Awards ProgrammeThis is an outstanding achievement for a very dedicated and hardworking Emily Duffy.

Emily designed and made ‘The Duffily Bag’ which is a sleeping bag designed for the homeless which is currently being manufactured by homeless personnel in Dublin. Emily also featured in a French documentary recently with her product.

Emily recently took part in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Alumni Showcase where she took part in a Question and Answer session with Rio Ferdinand (ex Man Utd/England Football Captain). She will also represent Ireland in the Swiss Youth in Science Forum, in Switzerland this coming April.