The BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition is held at the RDS, Dublin each January. The competition is renowned internationally over the past 45 years for the calibre of projects and students the event showcases. Students from St. Gerald’s College have participated in this competition since 2004. Students from all years are welcome to partake in projects of their choosing.
There are four categories under which the competition accepts entries, they are:
1. Biological and Ecological Sciences
2. Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences
3. Technological Sciences
4. Social and Behavioural Sciences
Students may enter under three age groupings
1. Junior Category (First and Second Year Students)
2. Intermediate Category (Third and Transition Year Students)
3. Senior Category (Fifth and Sixth Year Students)
Students may compete on their own as an individual or may form a team of up to three members. The interest in competing in the BT Young Scientist Competition has grown steadily since 2004 and the number of students participating increases yearly. Our students have entered projects in all four of the available categories and have been awarded numerous commendations for their work. In 2008 a Junior group from St. Gerald’s College came third in the Biological and Ecological Sciences category with their Project entitled “Folklore methods of weather prediction – fact of fiction?”.
In the 2009 Finals some of our third year students Arthur O Sullivan and Sean Walsh impressed judges in the Biological and Ecological Sciences category with their in-depth project “Mapping the distribution of Lichens on the northern island of Lough Corrib”. Judges were very impressed with their attention to detail and research work. They received a Commendation from the BT Young Scientist Judging panel for their efforts.
This project has been further developed by the students and they have been successful in reaching the final stages of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Young Environmentalist Awards which will be held on the 20th May. The students; Arthur O Sullivan, Jamie Redmond and Kevin Keena have developed a website to display their project it can be seen on www.lichensofloghcorrib.com
The BT Young Scientist Competition is an excellent chance for students to develop their inquisitive side – developing life skills that will help them in their future education or working lives. The BT Young Scientist competition allows students to partake in inquiry and discovery based learning.
Since St. Gerald’s College began its participation in preparing projects for this competition over thirty research projects have been completed involving over 150 students, many of whom have progressed to study Sciences in third level or continue to follow science subjects in the school.
Students of Science also have the opportunity to enter the following science competitions
• ECO UNESCO Young Environmentalists Award
Students or Parents who are interested in any of the initiatives above are welcome to contact Brendan Mc Hugh, Science Dept. Co-ordinator.
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