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President Michael D. Higgins delivers the opening address formally opening the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2022

President Michael D. Higgins delivers the opening address formally opening the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2022

President Michael D. Higgins delivers the opening address formally opening the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2022

Two third year students from Synge Street CBS in Dublin have won the overall award in the 58th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2022.

Aditya Joshi (15) and Aditya Kumar (16) have taken home the top prize for a project entitled ‘A New Method of Solving the Bernoulli Quadrisection Problem’.

The students presented their project in the Intermediate section in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category.

Commending the winning project, Professor Pat Guiry, Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry at UCD said: “The students tackled the problem using the technique of particle swarm optimisation, an algorithmic approach inspired by the biological phenomena of the behaviour of individuals within flocks or swarms. The judges were highly impressed by their elegant work, their creative ideas and their excellent presentation skills. The students presented a new approach to a problem that dates back to 1687, while also identifying areas of possible application in contemporary engineering.”

The 2022 BT Young Scientist & Technology winners received the BTYSTE perpetual trophy and the top prize of €7,500.

 

The award for Individual winner went to Ross O’Boyle, aged 16, a transition year student from Portmarnock Community College, Dublin for his project entitled “An investigation into the effectiveness of various ventilation methods using CO2 as a proxy for the spread of Covid-19 in both controlled and real-life scenarios”.

The student was in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences Individual Category at Intermediate level.

Speaking on the project, Professor Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact, UCD & Chair of Individual Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences said the judges were impressed by the "breadth” of the project.

“Ross used experiments and mathematical models to investigate the effectiveness of different ventilation methods at maintaining safe CO2 levels, with a view to preventing the spread of Covid-19. The judges were very impressed by the breadth of the project, and also by the way in which the student applied scientific principles to a problem of great current interest," she said.

The Group runners-up award was presented to Conor Bradshaw (18), David Hughes (17) and Dara Newsome (17), all Leaving Cert students at Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee, Co Kerry for their project entitled ‘A Wearable Smart Device for Dementia Patients ‘.

The students were in the Technology category at senior level.

These students have invented an intelligent spectacle system which helps reduce anxiety and fear in people with dementia. This includes an advanced product design, an embedded AI visual recognition system, with multi-mode communication capability.

The Individual runner-up award was presented to Andrei Florian (17), a fifth year student at St Aidan’s CBS, Dublin, for his project entitled ‘An Investigation into the Development of a Digital PR-STV Electoral Voting System using Blockchain Technologies’ in the Technology category at Senior level.

Andrei created a unique end to end system which enables remote voting and has the potential to transform the election process.

Speaking to students at today’s BTYSTE awards ceremony, Minister for Education Norma Foley the variety of entries shows the talent of all students involved.

“It is both encouraging and heartening to witness the level of creativity and innovation of this year’s entrants as demonstrated through their meticulously researched and ingenious projects.

“Each one of you is a credit to yourself, your family, your school and you should be proud of your accomplishments. The calibre of entries is a testament to the tenacity and talent of the students behind them, and it is this constant high standard that makes BT Young Scientist one of the longest running, and most successful STEM events in Europe.

“I especially wish to acknowledge your teachers and mentors who also give so generously of their time and expertise to support you on your journey. Thank you all too to your parents and families for their unwavering support,” she said.

Managing director of BT Ireland Shay Walsh said all participants have shown “huge diversity” of thought this year.

“Congratulations to students across the island of Ireland and to all of our winners who took part in the Exhibition this week and thank you for brightening up a cold January, particularly with Covid-19 continuing to cast a very long shadow.

“The students at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition did a remarkable job this week and have shown huge diversity of thought in actively seeking out solutions to some of the biggest challenges that humanity faces.

“I want to thank the teachers, parents, guardians, and everyone who has supported the students that entered. I would also like to thank our esteemed judges, our sponsors and partners and of course, our own fantastic BT team of organisers, who, collectively, make this Exhibition possible every year,” he said.

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