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BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition: The winning formula of our young Einsteins

By Colin Francis

Students from Northern Ireland who showcased their projects at the prestigious 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin this week have been recognised at the event.

Beating off stiff competition from 28 Northern Ireland finalists, Belfast's Wellington College won five awards at the ceremony.

The school won the Best Northern Ireland School Award sponsored by MATRIX, the Display Award and the 1st Senior Group award for its project 'Health claims and risks pertaining to the biochemical properties of grapefruit'. It also won the Institute of Physics in Ireland Special Award and was highly commended for its project 'The detection and impact of solar flares in the upper atmosphere'.

Further awards were presented to Northern Ireland students at last night's ceremony.

St Mary's College, Londonderry, received the 1st Junior Individual for its project 'A comparative study of the antioxidant effects of natural and synthetic food preservatives'.

The school also won the Eli Lilly Special Award for its project 'A comparative study of the antioxidant effects of natural and synthetic food preservatives'.

Abbey Christian Brothers School, Newry, received 1st Junior Group award for its project 'An investigation into the resource holding potential of the Red Beadlet Anemone'.

South Eastern Regional College, Bangor campus, won the Northern Ireland Best Project Award sponsored by BT for its project 'Renewable production of ethanol bio fuel'.

BT Ireland chief executive Colm O'Neill said of this years' event: "I'm delighted to say that it has exceeded all of our expectations."

Teacher David Cardwell from Wellington College said: "We are delighted to receive all of the awards and once again the exhibition has proven to be a wonderful experience for our pupils who have found it immensely rewarding. The exhibition is a great way to showcase our scientific skills."

Fifth year student Paul Clarke, from St Paul's College in Dublin, took home the top prize for his project entitled 'Contributions to cyclic graph theory'.

The 27 Northern Ireland projects that took part and what they investigated

Amanda Ferguson presents the Northern Ireland projects showcased at the 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

1. St Killian's College, Co Antrim

Fridge food friend

Our fridge food friend tracks perishable goods in the fridge, stopping food being wasted thus preventing landfill and saving families up to £10 per week.

2. Wellington College, Co Antrim

The Miracle Citrus

An investigation into health risks pertaining to the biochemical properties of grapefruit, the role of outside influences, and the commercial implications of this.

3. Wellington College, Co Antrim

The detection and impact of solar flares in the upper atmosphere.

To pick up radio emissions from solar flares in the upper atmosphere and investigate them.

4. Wellington College, Co Antrim

Why is the Milky Way milky?

An investigation into the absorption and scattering of light through different grades of dust.

5. Ballyclare High, Co Antrim

Solar Powered Water Sanitation

This project combines a solar furnace with solar pasteurisation to aid countries mainly in the aftermath of a natural disaster when water sanitation is low.

6. Colaiste Feirste, Co Antrim

Tionchar an Datheangachas ar Feidhm Feidhmiuchain Daltai i scoil Lan-Ghaeilge

Investigating the effect of bilingualism on cognitive process of executive function in 15-year-old pupils of Irish medium education.

7. Dalriada School, Co Antrim

Raspberry Pi powered internet connected pill dispenser

An automated dispenser using a Raspberry Pi computer.

8.Dalriada School, Co Antrim

Shrimpy

The shrimpy robotic platform is a cheap, easy to build, Raspberry Pi powered robot for schools

9. St Louis GS, Co Antrim

Python Physics Engine

A 2D physics simulation engine written in Python 3 programming language.

10. St Mary's College

Co Londonderry

Investigating the effect of marinade ingredients on the formation of cancer-causing HCAs

This project investigates the effect of marinading on the formation of HCAs during cooking methods.

11. St Mary's College, Co Derry

A comparative investigation of various biomass waste in removing toxic metals from water

Effectiveness of various biomass waste on removing toxic metals from water to make it fit to drink.

12. St Mary's College, Co Derry

Don't muddy the waters

A comparative investigation of the relationship between the mass of sodium chloride and its ability to cause flocculation in different degrees of muddy water.

13. St Mary's College, Co Derry

Investigating the possible antibiotic effects of air fresheners

A study of the potential antibiotic effects of air fresheners.

14. St Mary's College, Co Derry

Investigating the possible antimicrobial properties of detergents

Can laundry detergents kill bacteria at low temperatures?

15. St Mary's College, Co Derry

A comparative study of the antioxidant effects of natural and synthetic food preservatives

This project investigates the antioxidant effects of natural and synthetic preservatives in foods.

16. St Mary's College, Co Derry

Investigating the effect of various herbal remedies on the rate of breakdown of starch by amylase

With regards to diabetes.

17. St Mary's College, Co Derry

Comparing the antioxidant effects of vitamins

This project tests the antioxidant effect of vitamins on seed germination in hydrogen peroxide.

18. St Mary's Grammar School

Co Derry

Is there a measurable difference between the different UMF ratings on Manuka honey?

An investigation to determine whether there is a measurable difference between Manuka honey with different UMF ratings.

19. St Mary's GS, Co Derry

Does toothpaste inhibit the antibacterial action of mouthwash?

An investigation to determine the effect of different concentrations of toothpaste on mouthwash.

20. St Patrick's High, Co Armagh

Neem

Investigating the antibacterial properties of Neem oil and seeds.

21. South Eastern Regional College – Bangor Campus, Co Down

Production of ethanol bio fuel

Fermenting waste food with the aim of producing sustainable and eco-friendly ethanol based fuels.

22. St Louis GS, Co Down

Easy Freezy

A device preventing water tank and pipes in your car from freezing during those cold winter days.

23. Bangor Grammar, Co Down

School Navigation App

Helping users navigate their way around Bangor Grammar School.

24. Abbey CBS, Co Down

Behind the anemone line

A study of behaviour between beadlet anemones.

25. Portora Royal, Co Fermanagh

The demise of our hedgerows

To quantify the loss of hedgerow trees and shrubs due to households converting to woodburners and farm grant schemes.

26. St Fanchea's, Co Fermanagh

Investigating the level and nature of radioactive emissions from soil

Investigating levels of radionuclides in our environment.

27. Dean Maguirc, Co Tyrone

How strong is your environmental awareness?

An inquiry into attitudes in my local town to the environment.

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