Last night, during a glittering awards ceremony, the winner of the 47th annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition was announced! Fiftenn year old Alexander Amini from Castleknock College, Dublin took home the overall prize for his project entitled, “Tennis sensor data analysis”. The announcement was made by Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Ms. Mary Coughlan, T.D and Graham Sutherland, CEO, BT Ireland, at the awards ceremony held last night at the RDS in Dublin. Alexander, a 4th year student, was entered in the Technology category, Intermediate section.
Alexander was presented with a cheque for €5,000, a Waterford Crystal trophy and the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 22nd European Union Young Scientist competition taking place in Helsinki, Finland this coming September.
Further awards were presented for the Best Group Project which went to 4th year students Thomas Cronin, Dylan Cross and Jeremy Barisch-Rooney from Colaiste Muire, Crosshaven, Co Cork for their project entitled “DIY wind power – portable community generators for the Third World".
The award for individual runner-up went to 5th year student James Doyle, Presentation de la Salle College, Carlow for his project entitled “The potential of waste materials from hedgerow cuttings as a feasible biomass fuel". 17 year old James was entered in the Biological & Ecological Sciences category, Senior section.
The award for group runner-up went to Kinsale Community School, Cork 1st year students Ciara Judge, Royanne McGregor and Sophie Healy-Thow for their project entitled “A statistical analysis of public attitudes to cholesterol and its control.” The girls were entered in the Social & Behavioural Sciences, Junior section.
A sincere Frog Blog congratulations to all the winners and indeed participants. I was personally astonished by the amazing standard of projects this year. A hearty congratulations to BT also, who continue to sponsor this wonderful and unique science event after 11 years. For more information on the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition please visit www.btyoungscientist.com or twitter.com/btyste