St. Clare's, Manorhamilton

Three Leitrim entries in Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Last year Leitrim took home one award

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Three Leitrim entries in Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

BT Ireland has announced a record number of entries for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which takes place in the RDS, Dublin, on 11-14 January 2017.

2,091 project ideas were submitted by secondary students from 375 schools across the island, an increase of 2% from the 2016 exhibition.

Of the 550 projects shortlisted to compete at the exhibition, three come from Co. Leitrim secondary schools, with a total of five students from St. Clare’s Comprehensive heading to the RDS in January.

The three St. Clare's entries are:

In the Social and Behavioural Sciences Category, 'A study of how students' attendance at school affect their overall grades'. The purpose of the study is to investigate how a student's attendance at school affect their overall grades.

In the Biological and Ecological Category, 'Obesity'.  A project is about obesity and the difference in food choice between 1st and 6th years.

And in the same category, 'A habitat study of Juncacea in North Leitrim'. This project is a habitat study on rushes and the effects that treatment by farmers have on their surrounding habitat.

The 2017 entries at a glance:

·         2,091 entries received

·         4,591 students

·         375 schools represented across the island

·         Cork has the highest number of entries from any county, followed by Dublin and Limerick in second and third place

·         Entrants are 61% female, 39% male

·         1,622 group entries and 469 individual entries

·         Social & Behavioural Sciences was the most popular category (41% of entries), followed by Biological & Ecological Sciences (29%), Technology (16%) and Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences (14%).

There are over 140 teacher and pupil awards to be won, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year.