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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Scientists hit 50

David Medcalf

Published 07/01/2014 | 05:30

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GOREY Community School and Loreto Wexford will be joining the party as the Young Scientist Exhibition marks half a century of the annual event in the RDS this week. Both schools have qualified for the 50th staging of the BT sponsored event in the intermediate section.

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Gorey Community School and Loreto Wexford will be joining the party as the Young Scientist Exhibition marks half a century of the annual event in the RDS this week. Both schools have qualified for the 50th staging of the BT sponsored event in the intermediate section.

The Gorey project was compiled by transition year students Daire O'Brien and Conor Sheriff. It takes a look at how magnifying lenses can affect the output of a solar panel. The teacher responsible for the project is Kate Moran who has been very impressed by the way the pair assembled their prototype, putting in long hours to complete the work after coming up with the idea.

School principal Michael Finn commented: 'We have been doing a big push on science in the school.' He was excited at the prospect of having the school represented at the big exhibition in the RDS. 'The project is very relevant to the modern era.'

Meanwhile, the Loreto Wexford team under the direction of science teacher Pauline Finnerty has been out and about compiling 'A statistical analysis of parental awareness of the food content in primary school children's lunches.' The girls – Claire Cullen, Laura Bruen and Michelle Fox – have been examining the dietary implications of what is going into the food packed for the children.

Their work not only required an understanding of nutrition as they looked at lunch boxes in 10 schools around the county. They also had to consult an expert in health statistics from the HSE as they analysed hundreds of returned questionnaires.

With obesity looming as an issue for more and more children, they have concluded that families are often unaware of the high calorie content of many drinks and bars which youngsters bring to school.

The trio from transition year spent their Christmas holidays putting the finishing touches to their report.

They will now enjoy a few days away from school presenting their work and mixing with other young scientists at the RDS in Ballsbridge until the weekend.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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