Five local entries in this year’s BT Young Scientist

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2015. Pictured is Conor McGrath from Ballinamore Community School, Leitrim with his project 'The effect of water hardness on germination of plants'.Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2015.
Nine students involved in five projects from four secondary schools in Co Leitrim have been accepted to compete in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2016 .

Nine students involved in five projects from four secondary schools in Co Leitrim have been accepted to compete in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2016 .

Ballinamore Community School students Aisling Quinn, Breege McGovern and Ciara McGoldrick are competing in the Intermediate Social and Behavioural Sciences category with their project looking at how the prospect of abstinence from alcohol affects a woman’s decision to breast feed.

St Clare’s Comprehensive School students Sylvia Dolan and Stephen Kelly have entered their project comparing cow manure briquettes and non-renewable resources in the Biological and Ecological Intermediate section.

Carrick-on-Shannon Community School has two projects involved in the 2016 competition.

Jordyn Mulvey and Aoibha Gardiner are investigating the attitudes of young people towards credit unions as part of their Senior entry in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category.

The demise of our regional accents is the focus of Stephen Hughes’ project in the Behavioural Sciences Senior Category.

Finally Ezekiel Stevens is representing Mohill Community College with his project which focuses on using homeopathy as an eco-friendly replacement to molluscides in the Intermediate Biological and Ecological Category.

Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, said that a record number of entries had been received for the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

A total of 371 schools in the Republic submitted projects for the January 2016 exhibition which represents 51% of all secondary schools, up 8% on 2014.

The 52nd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has attracted a total of 2,048 entries from the island of Ireland with 4,449 students submitting their finest ideas and innovations.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2016 will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 6 to 9, 2016.