Jack O’Connor and Diarmuid Curtin, past pupils of Desmond College, Newcastlewest won the Science for Development Award for the project that best addressed a development challenge facing communities in poorer regions of the world.
The boys designed hand-held seed-planting device for use in Third World Countries.
Jack and Diarmuid received the Irish Aid sponsored €5,000 travel bursary for the seed planter which they designed to save both time and labour, and bring precision to seed planting.
As part of their prize, they will join a group of 20 students and teachers from across Ireland on a schools study visit to Malawi with Gorta-Self Help Africa in February.
Diarmuid Curtin and Jack O’Connor with their handheld seed planting device.