DONEGAL TEENAGER WINS ‘YOUNG SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR’ GONG

CO Donegal is celebrating after a teenager won a top gong at the BT Young Scientist of the Year competition.

Eoin Farrell (15) from St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, won best individual project for his project to develop a more accurate way to estimate the weight of children brought into hospital.

Drugs are administered to children on the basis of weight but it was not always possible to use a scales, forcing doctors to estimate weight.

Eoin analysed data from more than 700 pupils and devised a table that allows accurate weight estimates.

He wins a cheque for €2,400 and a perpetual trophy for his project “Paediatric resuscitation: How reliable are existing weight estimation methods in Ireland”.

Eoin is no stranger to awards – he won 1st Year Student of the Year in his first year at St Eunan’s (pictured above).

Other Donegal students also won awards.

Niall McSharry, Jack Roden and Julian Pawloski of Magh Ena College won an award for their project investigating the effect of hen feed on egg quality.

Aine Kavanagh from Cholaiste Cholmcille received an award for her project on how to make a million dollar movie and finding a formula for success while Annie Gallagher, Claire Grenna and Brid Robert , from the same school, were awarded for a project on child resistance asking what does it really mean.

There was success too for Sinead Hession, Aisling Ryan and Ruth McHugh from the Lorreto Convent for their project entitled Happiness is an inside job.

From Loreto Community School, Eilis McClay, Meadbh MacGinley and Laura Peoples collected an award for a study on whether Irish TV can improve children’s Irish

And Roisin Gillivan of Colaiste Ailigh picked up an award for her study on the relationship between temperature and the corrosion rate of aluminum.

The announcement was made at the BT Arena at Dublin’s RDS this evening, by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn, TD, along with Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland.  Eric and Mark were entered in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category, senior section.

Dublin students Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly won the team Young Scientists for 2012.

Their mathematical project wins them a cheque for €5,000, plus tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London later this year, a crystal trophy and a chance to represent Ireland in the EU’s Young Scientist completion taking place this September in Bratislava.

Their project looked at a mathematical problem first proposed back in 1760 relating to the motion of planets.

Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland said, “The passion and enthusiasm we have seen from the students taking part this week has been outstanding. This year’s exhibition was bigger and better than ever before and the reaction from the students, teachers and visitors to the RDS this week has been amazing. We live in a continually changing world and what we have seen from the students this week is that they have the foresight and innovation to come up with real problem solving ideas that can help Ireland to grow and develop into the future.”

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