THREE budding scientists from Tralee's Mercy Mounthawk have received an Excellence in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Award at this year's Sci-Fest national finals in Trinity College.
Darragh Clarke, Diarmuid Connor and Colin McDaid's novel project which focussed on the anaesthetic effect of natural plant oils on fish was one of just 15 projects that made the finals of this year's competition from over 5,000 students in 230 schools nationally.
The trio were the outright winners of the Kerry Sci-Fest hosted by IT Tralee in April.
The students were mentored by teacher Mary Enright, who said that the depth of the students' research was worthy of the honour.
"The detail of the work was remarkable and the boys showed great initiative, she said. "The students tested a solution with clove oil and cinnamon oil. They also assessed the effects of Eugenol, the active ingredient in the oils, on the fish. They can be rightly proud of this achievement".