St Mary’s stu­dents off to the Young Sci­en­tists

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

TWO Tran­si­tion Years from St. Mary’s Dioce­san School, Calum Agnew and Seb Len­non have a project in the BT Young Sci­en­tist this com­ing Jan­uary.

Their project is an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether a per­son’s strength in de­tect­ing dif­fer­ent smell strengths has a cor­re­la­tion with their long-term and short-term mem­ory strength. Ba­si­cally they wanted to find out that if a per­son has a good sense of smell, or is able to de­tect dif­fer­ent smells bet­ter than oth­ers, does that mean they have a good long-term or short-term mem­ory.

This over­all idea came about as Calum re­mem­bered when his grand­fa­ther got di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s and one thing that is com­monly seen amongst Alzheimer’s or de­men­tia pa­tients is that there is a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the per­son’s smell strength. So Calum and Seb felt that this was an­other an­gle to try as­sess this cor­re­la­tion.

This is not Calum and Seb’s first foray into the BT Young Sci­en­tist as in Jan­uary 2017, while in 2nd year they placed third in the Ju­nior bi­o­log­i­cal and eco­log­i­cal sciences with their project which was based on try­ing to de­ter­mine if be­ing weaned onto cer­tain foods as a child could in­flu­ence your de­vel­op­ment into be­com­ing a su­per taster.

They ba­si­cally wanted to in­ves­ti­gate if the cer­tain foods you ate as a child had a re­sult­ing af­fect on your abil­ity to taste in the fu­ture.

Both stu­dents are ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to take part again in the com­pe­ti­tion and hope that all their hard work pays off. The whole St. Mary’s Dioce­san com­mu­nity sup­ports them, with all of first year and Tran­si­tion year go­ing to see them in ac­tion in Jan­uary.

Calum Agnew and Seb Len­non.

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