Sunday 17 December 2017

Five projects at the upcoming BT Young Scientist exhibition

Ardgillan’s 2012 finalists at the Young Scientist Exhibition and their teacher Theresa Gannon.
Ardgillan’s 2012 finalists at the Young Scientist Exhibition and their teacher Theresa Gannon.

ARDGILLAN Community College is a young school but it has already gained an impressive reputation in the annual BT Young Scientist exhibition and will celebrate the competition's 50th anniversary next year by submitting an impressive five projects.

Ardgillan Community College continues in its pursuit of excellence in learning and is delighted to have five projects represent their school in the the fiftieth year of the BT Young Scientist in 2014.

2014 sees the college enter the senior section of the competition for the first time with the first of their fifth year students.

Five projects from the one school to reach the finals, is impressive and is an achievement only matched in Co. Dublin by Coláiste Iosagain, Gonzaga and three-time winners Synge Street.

BT Ireland says that 2014 will beat all records for entries to the Young Scientist Exhibition.

Standards are constantly rising in this prestigious, academic competition with last year's winners, Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow from Kinsale Community School awarded first prize in Biology at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Prague earlier this year.

The students of Ardgillan welcome the challenge and Amy Murphy and Shauna Kiernan, second year students at the school with a love of athletics, enjoy blending their pastime with a love of all things science. These two girls are in the junior Biology and Ecology section of the competition and have titled their project, 'A Comparison of Adolescents: Foot Strike and Ground Reaction Force in Shod Versus Barefoot Running'.

The school's second project is an investigation into the aerodynamic impact of the shape and size of a plastic capsule and the impact on the capsule's propellant by air. Entitled 'The Rocket Messenger', it is the brainchild of Rian Cathcart and has been accepted into the junior section of Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences.

Oisin Torrance, Luke Brennan and Seán Reid are considering a mirror that will aid the eight hundred million people in the world that experience central vision degeneration.

'An Aiding Mirror for the Centrally Visually Impaired – The Peripheral Vision Mirror' has been accepted into the Intermediate section of Technology and will also be in contention for the Business Scholarship.

Rachel Metcalfe enjoyed her experience in the finals last year and wanted to enter again. Her research this time is very topical and her findings will interest the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly.

Titled 'Will Calorie Counting Menus Change People's Decision When Choosing Their Food in Restaurants', Rachel is in the junior individual category of the Social and Behavioural section.

The fifth project from the school will be of great interest to all local ecologists and environmentalists. John Reynolds and Justin Moore, two fifth year students, are the first students of Ardgillan College to reach the finals in the senior Biology and Ecology section.

Their project considers the ecological crisis that is the decline of the honey bee and is titled 'Is Herbicide use in our Agricultural Industry a Threat to Apiculture Conservation and the Preservation of the Apis Mellifera; A North Dublin Ecological Study'

All of he projects are mentored by teachers, Theresa Gannon and Dermot Brennan and as has now become the tradition in Ardgillan, Principal Michael O'Leary has pencilled in the annual trip on the Friday of the Exhibition for all 140 first year students to attend along with their tutors and year head Mr Finnegan.

Fingal Independent

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