Two awards for Kilkenny in Young Scientist

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

Students from two Kilkenny secondary schools took home awards from this year’s BT Young & Technology Exhibition.

Students from two Kilkenny secondary schools took home awards from this year’s BT Young & Technology Exhibition.

The overall winners for the 50th anniversary event were announced this evening

A group from Colaiste Pobail Osrai came joint second in the intermediate group. Their project was ‘searching for equilibrium and tipping points in linguistic competition within mixed populations through the use of programming and data analysis’.

The other award winner was CBS Kilkenny, who came third in the intermediate category. Their project was ‘An Investigation of Protein Intake in Young Hurlers’.

The announcement was made in the BT Arena at Dublin’s RDS this evening by Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills and Colm O’Neill, CEO of BT Ireland.

In total, six entries from Kilkenny schools took part, having qualified last autumn. Another group from the CBS was present, as were groups from Grennan College, Presentation Secondary School, and Loreto Kilkenny.

The overall Young Scientist award went to fifth year student Paul Clarke, aged 17, from St Paul’s College, Raheny in Dublin. His project was entitled ‘Contributions to cyclic graph theory’.

“When we set out last year to plan for the 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition we wanted to make sure that this was our most exceptional event to date,” said Colm O’Neill of BT Ireland.

“I’m delighted to say that it has exceeded all of our expectations. Over the past three days we have had some of Ireland’s brightest, most creative and positive young people astound us with their ideas for a better future and we have been greatly impressed by the high standard of these entries.In all, almost 1,165 students from 32 counties covering 550 projects from 210 schools nationwide competed for the coveted title ‘Winner of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2014’.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition continues tomorrow Saturday, 11th January 2014 when Commander Chris Hadfield will touch down to sign copies of his book, An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth. Doors are open from 9.30am.