Two local groups join science elite

Published 13/11/2012 | 14:21

St. Leo's students Cliona O'Grady, Ella Mc Hugh and Niamh O'Donoghue who have created a project on women's perceptions of the risks and causes of breast cancer.

TWO student groups from Carlow have qualified to take part in the 2013 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

From almost 2,000 national entries two projects from Carlow have earned a place in the hall among the future's science elite.

Three students from St. Leo's have created a project for the Social and Behavioural Sciences category on The big C: Breast Cancer - what's my risk?

'Our project is an investigation of women's perception of the risks and causes of breast cancer particularly genetic and environmental factors,' said lead student Ella McHugh.

She is teamed with Cliona O'Grady and Niamh O'Donoghue.

Two students from Borris Vocational School, Muireann Murphy and Aoife Drennan, have an exhibition in the Biological and Ecological category on Sheep; the existence, management and treatment of disease.

'Having observed sheep foot rot frequently in August we will identify type and frequency of all diseases and investigate traditional and current treatment practices,' said lead student Muireann.

BT announced that it has broken all previous records for entries received with the 2013 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition with 1,879 ideas entered from 4,189 students from 32 counties.

'Now In its 49th year, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition continues to break new records for both the number of projects entered and schools competing,' said Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn.

'Research and innovation are critically important to our economy, and I commend everyone involved in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for providing a platform to stimulate and showcase Ireland's talent both on a national and international stage.'

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