FLEXING its science and entrepreneurial muscle, a Killarney secondary school has no less than four entries shortlisted for this year’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition which will be held virtually in January.
St Brigid’s Presentation students Abbie O’Sullivan and Keira Geaney have teamed up for their project entitled My Carbon Buddy while Olivia Gaffey and Clodagh Lucey will be in contention with their enterprising entry based on what factors influence the perceived rate of exertion on students?
Ali O’Donoghue and Eilis Mullane have submitted a well-researched entry titled Vertical Farming: The Future for Eco Friendly Schools while Anna Moynihan’s detailed solo project is a comparative study: VSCO v Instagram and how they affect the self-esteem/mental health of adolescents.
A total of 27 Kerry projects ,have qualified for the annual Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and the only other local entry is from Killarney Community College on a theme of how quarantine and home office work affect the psyche.
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 year, 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.