Stu­dents get set for the Young Sci­en­tist Ex­hi­bi­tion

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THE bright lights of the RDS are call­ing once again for 6th year stu­dent, Seán Byrne from Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Rath­drum as he com­petes in the na­tional con­test for the fourth and fi­nal time.

The an­nu­ally held Young Sci­en­tist com­pe­ti­tion has long at­tracted the bright­est and most en­thu­si­as­tic stu­dents from around the coun­try to com­pete for the ti­tle of ‘ BT Young Sci­en­tist and Tech­nol­o­gist of the Year’.

Seán will com­pete along with sec­ond year stu­dent Ais­ling Byrne whose project in­ves­ti­gates ‘Are Farm­ers Wast­ing Money on Foot­bath So­lu­tion?’.

The aim of her project is to com­pare re­cy­cled milk­ing ma­chine wash with com­mer­cial foot­bath so­lu­tion and in tests to date Ais­ling has shown that the re­cy­cled milk­ing ma­chine wash is an ef­fec­tive method of pre­vent­ing lame­ness.

His first project in 2015 ti­tled ‘An In­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Con­di­tions Favourable to Bread Mould Growth’ earned him a place at the BT Young Sci­en­tist.

At the SciFest re­gional fi­nal in 2015 Seán was awarded the prize of the ‘ISTA Best Ju­nior Project award’. At the BT Young Sci­en­tist the fol­low­ing year, he built on this suc­cess and also changed cat­e­gory. He moved into the ‘Chem­i­cal, Phys­i­cal and Math­e­mat­i­cal Sciences’ area where his project ‘An In­ves­ti­ga­tion into Worker Ex­po­sure to Toxic Chem­i­cals’ earned him a sec­ond place in his cat­e­gory. His 2017 project ‘The Ugly side of Beauty: An In­ves­ti­ga­tion into Toxic chem­i­cals used in Cos­met­ics’ earned him the first prize at the SciFest re­gional fi­nal and a place in the na­tional fi­nal of SciFest. Seán’s ef­forts won him ‘The Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Au­thor­ity’ award at the na­tional fi­nal. To round off his suc­cess he also won the ‘Ad­vanced Sen­sors Award’ at the Senti­nus North­ern Ire­land com­pe­ti­tion in the same year.

In Jan­uary 2018 Seán en­tered the BT Young Sci­en­tist with a new project called ‘Gl­o­gos: Self Il­lu­mi­nated Cloth­ing’ which later en­joyed suc­cess at the SciFest fi­nal in Car­low IT where he was awarded the ‘best project’ award.

Seán’s fi­nal project has been en­tered in the ‘Chem­i­cal, Phys­i­cal and Math­e­mat­i­cal Sciences’ cat­e­gory. His project called ‘An Egg Fil­tra­tion Sys­tem to Re­move Pol­lu­tants from Wa­ter’ aims to re­move harm­ful heavy met­als and microplastics from wa­ter us­ing eggshells as a fil­tra­tion sys­tem.

Seán and Ais­ling’s en­tries are two of 13 Wick­low projects which have qual­i­fied for this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion which takes place from Jan­uary 9 - 12.

Two projects have been en­tered from Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege, Bray, one from Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin, and the re­main­der from St Mary’s Col­lege, Arklow, St Ger­ard’s, Bray, Do­mini­can Col­lege, Wick­low and Gael­choláiste na Mara, Arklow.

Ais­ling Byrne and Seán Byrne.

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