Waterford pupil wins prize at BT Young Scientist competition

Cian Ó Cadhla, a First Year student at Ard Scoil na Mara in Tramore has won a coveted award at the  58th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

Cian takes home the 2nd place prize in the "Biological and Ecological Junior Individual" sector with the project ‘Rewilding Ireland - Could Glenveagh National Park sustain a Grey Wolf population?

The overall winners of the BT Young Scientist Exhibition were  Aditya Joshi, aged 15, and Aditya Kumar, aged 16, 3rd year students from Synge Street, Dublin, have taken home the top prize for a project entitled “A New Method of Solving the Bernoulli Quadrisection Problem”. The students presented their project in the Intermediate section in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category.

Commending the winning project, Professor Pat Guiry, Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry at UCD and Chair of Group Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences Judging Panel said, The students tackled the problem using the technique of particle swarm optimisation, an algorithmic approach inspired by the biological phenomena of the behaviour of individuals within flocks or swarms. The judges were highly impressed by their elegant work, their creative ideas and their excellent presentation skills. The students presented a new approach to a problem that dates back to 1687, while also identifying areas of possible application in contemporary engineering.”


In Waterford, projects were submitted from students at five schools: De La Salle College, Ardscoil na Mara, Gaelcholáiste Phort láirge, St Angela's Ursuline and Blackwater Community School.

Other topics from the local pupils include how seaweed affects plant growth, the efficacy of energy drinks, and the effects that plants have on students.

Earlier this week, President Michael D Higgins will formally opened the 2022 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2022 with an official address

Over the decades, the Awards and Exhibition have rightly earned their place as an annual highlight in the school calendar, providing opportunities for young people across our country to participate and be inspired by science engagement activities in their schools and homes. We are fortunate in Ireland to have so many young people who create the promise, as well as the possibility, of becoming the problem solvers, critical thinkers and persistent pursuers of the possibilities of tomorrow


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