Westmeath entries battle it out for Young Scientist honours

Moate Community School students Gerard O’Reilly and Ronan Murphy pictured with Dr Sean Reidy, AIT. Dr Reidy has been helping with their preparation of soil and plant samples and the analysis of lead content using Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, for their project ‘Will plants lead the way to unleaded soil?’.

Moate Community School students Gerard O’Reilly and Ronan Murphy pictured with Dr Sean Reidy, AIT. Dr Reidy has been helping with their preparation of soil and plant samples and the analysis of lead content using Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, for their project ‘Will plants lead the way to unleaded soil?’.

Eighteen Westmeath projects are among 550 inspiring student projects on show in the RDS from today (Thursday ) as part of the 2017 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

The science and technology showcase runs from Thursday to Sunday in the RDS, Dublin, with more than 140 awards up for grabs, including the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s ) of the Year.

Six Bower entries are showcasing at this year’s exhibition. They are: ‘Aquaflow Bin’; ‘Getting out and about – the Free Travel Scheme and older people’; ‘Green pools - are they the future?’; ‘Bio glam!’; ‘Diet induced thermogenesis: preventing obesity, diabetes and heart diseases using anthocyanins, catechins and capsaicins’; and ‘The health consequences of sterilising babies’ bottles’.

From Moate Community School the four projects in the final are ‘Growing plants for nutrition in space’; ‘What will bee the end for the Varroa destructor mite?’; ‘The wonders of red palm oil’; and ‘Can plants lead the way to unleaded soil?’.

The three Athlone Community College entries are ‘To determine the technical feasibility of using machine learning technology to predict when a mobile phone or charger may explode’; ‘MCPA pesticide in drinking water’; and ‘Pedal power’.

There are two entries from Meán Scoil an Chlochair, Kilbeggan: ‘Do our daily activities influence the subject of our dreams?’ and ‘Does participation in transition year enhance psychological wellbeing for participating students?’

The project from St Aloysius College is entitled ‘Making caring for people easier using technology’; the Marist College entry is ‘Get off my tail’; while ‘Alert-a-buoy’ made the grade from Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar.

For more information on the exhibition, see www.btyoungscientist.com or follow the exhibition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @BTYSTE.

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