Young Scientist Competition

2014: 5 Display Awards
2 Highly Commended Awards
2013: 3 Display Awards
2 Highly Commended Awards
2012: Analog Travel Award
Category Award Junior Technology Group
Highly Commended Award Senior Biological Group
Display Award Intermediate Technology Group
Display Award Senior Mathematical, Chemical, Physical Group
Display Award Junior Technology Group
Educator of Excellence Award, Ms Marie Corkery
2011: Highly Commended Award Junior Technology Group
2010: Category Award Junior Group Technology
Educator of Excellence Award, Mr Donal Enright
2009: Highly Commended Award Individual Senior Technology
Highly Commended Intermediate Group Technology
Display Award Group Senior Technology
Display Award Individual Biological
2008: Category Award Group Senior Technology
Highly Commended Award Group Junior Technology
2007: Category Award Group Senior Technology
2006: Category Award Group Senior Technology
2005: Runner Up Overall Group
Patent Award

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The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp

Three Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba students, Siun Ni Cheallaigh, Roisin Nolan & Alanna Slater have been selected for the 2016 BT Business Boom Camp.

In total 30 intermediate and senior students from the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2016 have been selected to experience first-hand the world of technology, commercialisation and entrepreneurship.

2016 Feb: Three Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba students, Siun Ni Cheallaigh, Roisin Nolan & Alanna Slater who have been selected for this year's 2016 BT Business Boom Camp.A 4-day programme has been created where the participants will work in groups with one common goal. That goal is to inspire creativity and innovative thinking, to encourage research and to always ask questions as they continue throughout life from school to college to work and beyond.

The teams will be created from all participants of the programme and students will work alongside others they may not know on a new project.

Students will also be set business challenges and will be addressed by guest speakers throughout the 4 days. The week will culminate in a presentation with their group members to a panel of expert judges.

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BT Young Scientist 2016 Project Profile

Project Title:

Radio frequency identification device (RFID) system to prevent mis-fueling of vehicles
2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Shauna Hallinan. RFID System to Prevent Mis-Fueling of Vehicles.

Category:

Senior Technology Individual

Students involved:

Shauna Hallinan (Ashford Parish)

Project Details:

A device that emits a visual and audible signal in the event of attempt to introduce an incorrect fuel pump nozzle into a fuel port.

Filling a vehicle fuel tank with an incorrect fuel type is an error that occurs regularly. At best this error results in a situation where the mistake is recognised on the forecourt and the fuel can be pumped out of the tank without damage to the engine. This incurs costs in terms of payment for the removal of the fuel from the tank but also in terms of time lost and refuelling costs, this project proposes to resolve this.

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Project Title:

Early Health Indicator For Infants
2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Emily Duffy

Category:

Senior Technology Individual

Students involved:

Emily Duffy Knockaderry Parish
Her 4th project in 4 years.

Project Details:

Infants have little means of communication, especially when they are ill, temperature is an excellent indicator of whether a child is ill or otherwise. Often parents only identify an increase in temperature when it is critically high.

This project proposes to integrate a temperature sensor into the waist band of a conventional child’s nappy that will provide instant visual temperature reading each and every time the nappy is changed. I will also implant a urine test strip underneath the first polyester layer of a nappy which will provide parents a method of determining a child’s health at home.

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2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Leah Barry (Raheenagh), Aine Upton (Old Mill) & Muireann Tobin (Newcastle West)

Project Title:

Female Friendly Fone Alert System

Category:

Intermediate Technology Group

Students involved:

Leah Barry (Raheenagh), Aine Upton (Old Mill) & Muireann Tobin (Newcastle West).

Project Details:

Mobile phones were designed for men, several of the features such as the vibrate function were not designed with the female 50.4% of the population in mind.

80% of women carry their phones in their handbag/purse and miss over 50% of incoming calls on a daily basis, our project is to design a device that will alert you to incoming calls by adapting a handbag to vibrate and change colour whilst sending a signal to a key fob.

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2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Jamie Campbell(Ardagh), Niamh O Connell (Asketon) Mary O Connor (Foynes)

Project Title:

An investigation into how silage quality influences lactation quality and yield amongst a Dairy Herd

Category:

Intermediate Biological Group

Students involved:

Jamie Campbell(Ardagh), Niamh O Connell (Asketon) Mary O Connor (Foynes)

Project Details:

This project analyses silage from ten farms. The silage was analyzed with the help of Roche’s feeds. The milk records were obtained from each of these farms and all data was analyzed to determine if the quality of silage used influences the lactation records produced.

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2016 BT Young Scientist Profile: Sophie Bridgeman (Knockaderry) and Caoimhe Danaher (Knockaderry)

Project Title:

Tremor Glove

Category:

Intermediate Technology Group

Students involved:

Sophie Bridgeman (Knockaderry) and Caoimhe Danaher (Knockaderry)

Project Details:

The girls have designed a glove that can be used by a person with a hand tremor. The glove reduces the tremor for people who suffer from it. The glove allows a person with a hand tremor to carry out everyday tasks that could otherwise prove very challenging.


Young Scientists Exhibitors 2016 Visit Their Old Primary Schools

TY students Mary O Connor, Niamh O Connell and Jamie Campbell visiting their old primary school in Shanagolden to show their BT Young Scientist projects
Feb 2016: TY students Mary O Connor, Niamh O Connell and Jamie Campbell visiting their old primary school in Shanagolden to show their BT Young Scientist projects.

Jan 2016: Desmond College Young Scientists that took part BT Young Scientist recently visited local primary schools to show the pupils the projects they displayed at the RDS.

2016 Jan: Students from Demond College and Castlemahon Primary school watch intently to a display by Desmond College Young Scientists students.

Jan 2016: They visited the schools that Desmond College helped prepare for their primary science fair also held in the RDS at the beginning of the months.

2016 Jan: Young Scientists from Desmond College and pupils from Scoil Iosaf that recently took part in the BT Young Scientist and the Primary Science fair in the RDS.

Jan 2016: The schools that benefited from the help included: The Courtney Boys, Scoil Iosaf, Monagea, Ratheenagh, Mahoonagh Castlemahon and Kiloughteen. The students and teachers got a great response from all the schools they visited.

Jan 2016: David O'Brien Desmond College proudly showing off his young scientist project to his brother and sister on his recent visit to Mahoonagh National School
Jan 2016: David O’Brien proudly showing off his young scientist project to his brother and sister, Lucy O’Brien and Johnny O’Brien, on his recent visit to Mahoonagh National School

2016 Jan: Hannah Barrett Desmond College with her younger sisters on her visit to Mahoonagh National School to display her young scientist project
Jan 2016: Hannah Barrett with her younger sisters, Sarah Barrett and Ciara Barrett, on her visit to Mahoonagh National School to display her young scientist project.

2016 Jan: Ciara Brouder, Sophie Lenders and Eve Montgomery Desmond College with their National School Principal Ms. Nora Ryan, Scoil Iosaf on a recent visit to the school to show off their Young Scientist Projects.
Jan 2016: Ciara Brouder, Sophie Lenders and Eve Montgomery Desmond College with their National School Principal Ms. Nora Ryan, Scoil Iosaf on a recent visit to the school to show off their Young Scientist Projects.


The Homeless Wrap

In October of 2014, Emily Duffy a 3rd year student in Desmond College had her project “The Homeless Wrap” accepted for the 51st BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

In the last year Emily has featured on numerous TV and Radio programs with her project that offers a better quality of life to those who find themselves homeless. The project won student enterprise awards and Emily attended the BT Business Boot Camp in UCD last year, the project also featured on the Late Late Show.

12 months on, the “Homeless Wrap” has become the “Duffily Bag” and is currently being produced by the Mendicity Institution in Dublin. Mendicity train some of their service users to make the sleeping bags themselves.

They have had very positive feedback from Merchant’s Quay, a large homeless service institution in Dublin 8, who are using some of the “Duffily Bags” during the night café.

Service Users Assemble the Duffily Bag (by Desmond College's Emily Duffy) to be distributed to the homeless in Dublin

Service users assemble Emily Duffy’s “Duffily Bag” to be distributed to the homeless in Dublin.

The Mendicity Institution is one of Dublin’s oldest charities, established in 1818. During its life-span, it has always worked towards the relief of poverty in the city. As the social organisation of poverty altered, the Institution has had to adapt to meet the current needs of a changing clientele, it continues as a food centre providing free meals on a daily basis, including Sunday brunch.

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2014 – 2015: The 2015 competition

2013 – 2014: The 2014 competition

2012 – 2013: The 2013 competition

2011 – 2012: The 2012 competition

2010 – 2011: The 2011 competition