Students aim to stop water wastage.

Three Kilkenny students have created an automated water circulation anti freezing system.

Matt Murtagh White, Jamie Kerr, Andrew Jeffers, of Kilkenny College, came up with the idea after pipes across the country froze and burst last year following the freezing weather.

The boys say the system will prevent pipes freezing and will save water.

The students displayed their project findings at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2012 at Dublin’s RDS. Leaving Cert students Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly, both aged 17, from Synge Street CBS, Dublin 8 won top prize at the event now in its 48th year for their project entitled, “Simulation accuracy in the gravitational many-body problem”.

Eric and Mark were presented with a cheque for €5,000, tickets to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 24th European Union Young Scientist competition taking place in Bratislava in September and a Waterford crystal trophy.

Almost 1,200 students from 30 counties covering 550 projects from 221 schools nationwide competed for the coveted title ‘Winner of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2012.’