Friday 28 April 2017

Young scientists take on Brexit and gluten-free baking

First-year students from Loreto College Foxrock Margot Moore and Aimee O’Neill with James Soper at the launch of the 53rd BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren
First-year students from Loreto College Foxrock Margot Moore and Aimee O’Neill with James Soper at the launch of the 53rd BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Brexit, the global migrant crisis and the tricks of successful gluten-free baking are among the problems which students have turned their mind to for the 53rd BT Young Scientist Exhibition.

A record-breaking number of entries saw 2,091 ideas and innovations submitted by 4,591 students across the island of Ireland.

Founder of the Young Scientist Exhibition Dr Tony Scott, who attended the launch at the RDS yesterday, said they had expected entries to 'plateau' over the years but this had never happened.

He said the success of the exhibition was 'a four-legged stool' supported by young people, teachers, parents and sponsors.

Shay Walsh, managing director of BT Ireland, said the quality of the projects on show this year was "extraordinary".

Margot Moore (13), a first-year student at Loreto College Foxrock, Co Dublin, took part in a project based on binocular vision, finding that reading and writing skills were improved when one eye was covered with an eye patch, she explained.

Also at Loreto Foxrock, Aimee O'Neill (12) took part in a project entitled 'The Great Gluten-Free Bake Off', finding that a cake baked with gluten-free flour but without the recommended stabiliser produced a tastier result but hardened faster.

Irish Independent

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