Twelve projects from Presentation Thurles were presented at the 48th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin. Winning projects included:
Gráinne O’ Dwyer received The RTÉ TV50 Award, for the project that best demonstrated effective communication of complex scientific information to wider society. Her project was titled ‘Farm safety, a cheap and effective method of reducing PTO injuries’. Gráinne’s project was also Highly Commended at the BT Young Scientist competition.
Emma Murphy, Catherine Harty and Ana O’Brien received the IBM Smarter Planet Award. This award recognises the project, which best exemplifies collecting data from some aspect of the physical world and using technology to turn that data into intelligence that can be actioned - making some aspect of our world “smarter”. The girls also won 3rd prize in the Intermediate group Technology category. Their project was titled ‘Database of Horse Heart Sounds’.
Áine Roft, Amy Ryan and Megan Fanning were Highly Commended for their project ‘A study of air pollution in the Thurles area using lichens as bio-indicators’.
Also Aoife Sutton and Tara O’ Carroll were Highly Commended for their project ‘Multivitamins = thriving lambs?’
GUEST SPEAKER: On the 10th of January Sr. Catherine from APT-Abolition of People Trafficking came to talk to TY, 5th and 6th year students. Sr. Catherine came to raise awareness regarding this topical issue. Not only did she tell of the plight of many women and children being trafficked but she also reminded students to be alert when travelling.
The 18th of October 2012 is being assigned as ‘World Trafficking Day’ and students were encouraged to come up with a project to highlight the plight of those who have no voice and who are chosen because of their vulnerable backgrounds. Sr. Catherine was most insightful and her talk was very well received by both staff and students. We wish her continued health, happiness and progress with her work.