A TOTAL of 27 Kerry projects, including five from secondary schools in Killarney, have qualified for the annual Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition which will be held in January.
Entries were received from over 2,700 students, with 1,440 brilliant project ideas with 550 shortlisted to take part in the virtual exhibition which will take place on January 12-14.
Following the success of the first ever virtual competition last January, which reached more than 77 countries around the world, this year’s finalists will once again compete on a virtual stage to both a national and international audience.
This year, new and adapted technologies featured in a fifth of all project entries across the four project categories – Social and Behavioural Science, Technology; Chemical, Physical and Mathematics Science and Ecological Science.
In an ever-increasing digital world, students demonstrated their curiosity and imagination for new technology and how it can assist in daily lives, with projects ranging from assisted living devices to apps that help us live more sustainably.
Climate change and the environment were featured in over 150 projects and other areas with a strong focus in finalist projects this year include health, along with the ways people look after their mental and physical health.
Over 140 projects examined either Covid-19 or other health-related issues and some students investigate the longer-term impact of Covid on our lives
Visitors to the virtual exhibition will have the chance to learn about projects covering a range of topics from diversity, sports performance, agriculture and farming, road safety, to the impact of gaming on brain function.
They will also be transported into the wonderful world of science and technology, with mind-blowing shows, critical conversations and an in-depth insight into the future of STEM.
Of the 27 Kerry projects shortlisted, four are from students in St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and another is from students in Killarney Community College.
The Killarney Community College entry theme is how quarantine and home office affect our psyche and St Brigid’s projects have the following themes:
- Vertical Farming: The future for eco-friendly schools worldwide
- VSCO v Instagram: How they affect the self-esteem and mental health of adolescents
- What factors influence the perceived rate of exertion on students?
- My carbon buddy