Tuesday 23 July 2019

Skerries student takes top prize at Young Scientist Exhibition

17-year-old Adam Kelly takes the overall win at young scientist exbo

John Manning

A Fingal student has finished top of the pile once again in this year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition as Skerries Community College student, Adam Kelly took the overall prize and proclaimed he was 'in total shock'.

Adam was crowned champion at the weekend for his project on quantum computers and was quick to thank everyone who helped him along the way, not least his family and his teachers in Skerries.

'What inspired me was all my teachers and the people who helped me along the way inspired me,' he told reporters as he collected the top prize.

He already has plans to spend his winnings on a new iPad, not for himself but for a friend.

The Skerries student said: 'Quantum computing is when you're talking about the psychics of things that are very small like electrons. My project is about mathematically modelling quantum computers in the most efficient way.

'I sacrificed a lot of time over Christmas to work on this so I'm delighted all the work paid off.'

On Monday, Skerries Community College was a place of celebration as teaching staff and fellow students gathered around to congratulate Adam.

The RTE cameras were there to capture the unforgettable scenes as the school capped a proud tradition in the competition by taking away the top prize.

It is just three years since a Fingal student won the competition when in 2016, Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura claimed the overall prize for Loreto Secondary School in Balbriggan.

Adam is 17, and a 5th year student from Skerries Community College.

His project was called 'Optimizing The Simulation Of General Quantum Circuits'. The coveted prize was presented to the winner at the wee4kend in the BT Arena by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Managing Director of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh.

Adam presented his project in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences section in the Senior category.

Adam's award includes the prize of €7,500 and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy. In addition, Adam will represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, taking place in Bulgaria in September 2019.

Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland said: 'I want to congratulate every student that entered, and Adam, our overall winner.

'His work shows terrific initiative, dedication and brilliance in tackling an immensely complex area of modern computing.'

Fingal Independent