January 19, 2021
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Four Kilkenny projects pick up awards at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Four projects by Kilkenny secondary school students picked up awards at this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

One project was awarded a special prize, while the other three projects were highly commended in their categories.

Eoin Burke of Meánscoil na mBráithre Criostaí in Kilkenny City picked up the Irish Science Teachers Association Award for his project Reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere using renewable energy.

The teams of Reuben Coleman, Adam Byrnes and Mikey Evision from Castlecomer Community College, Luci Brennan, Caoimhe Carroll and Aimée Kearney of Loreto College, Kilkenny, and the project of Conor Fitzmaurice of St Kiernan’s College, Kilkenny were all highly commended for their work on their projects.

 

The Castlecomer team asked “Does Covid-19 behave differently in a range of distinct socioeconomic areas around Ireland?”, the girls from the Loreto investigated a “possible link between protective headgear and skin conditions in camogie players”, while Conor of St Kieran’s sought to find out if “quantum phenomena Give Rise to the Reality We Know?”

The winner of the 57th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) was Gregory Tarr, aged 17, a 6th-year student from Bandon Grammar School, in Cork. Gregory’s project involved “Detecting state-of-the-art deepfakes,” –a programme that recognises fake videos online.

 

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