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National awards for Limerick’s young scientists

Croom, Kilfinane and Limerick City students won big prizes at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

Among the winning entries from Limerick were electrolyte levels in sports drinks, solar panel performance, and minimising ADHD and dyslexia problems.

‘Are you SAD or have you S.A.D?’ won the Social and Behavioral Senior Group category for Shane Shinnors, Aishling Daly, and Daniel Gammell from Scoil Pól in Kilfinane. Their initiative also received an Irish Research Council award.

Desmond College in Newcastle West’s Ethan Kirwan and Jack Kelly took first place in the Chemical, Physical, and Mathematical Senior Group category with their project on aeroacoustics.

Coláiste Chiaráin’s Rosemary Lucey and Sarah-Jane Noonan won the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Junior Group category for their project on old condiment bottles’ waste. Williams Lea Ireland Special Award winners.

Niamh O’Mahony and Alzbeta Barisova from Desmond College won third place in the Technology Senior Group category for designing a smart ruler that decreases ADHD and Dyslexia errors.

For her project in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences area, Sarah Blade from Scoil Pól was Highly Commended.

in Limerick City for his project “A case study assessing the performance of PV solar panels without a battery module over one calendar year”.

Aditya Joshi and Aditya Kumar, third year students from Synge Street Secondary School in Dublin, won the overall prize for their research which provided a new technique of solving the Bernoulli Quadrisection Problem. A innovative approach to a problem from 1687, with potential applications in modern engineering.

Ross O’Boyle, 16, of Portmarnock Community College in Dublin, earned the top individual award for his research on the effectiveness of various ventilation strategies using CO2 as a proxy for Covid-19 distribution.

Education Minister Norma Foley said the degree of ingenuity and invention displayed by this year’s contestants was exciting and reassuring.

It is this consistent high standard that makes BT Young Scientist one of Europe’s longest running and most successful STEM events.

The victors took home the BTYSTE trophy and €7,500. In September, they will represent Ireland at the European Union Young Scientist Contest.