Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Pictured at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is Leah Shaw, a sixth year pupil at Our Lady’s Bower, Westmeath. Next year’s competition takes place from January 6th to 8th 2021. Photo: Iain White – Fennell Photography.

Eleven projects from four schools in county Roscommon are among the 550 finalists taking part in next year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition taking lace from Wednesday January 6th to January 8th 2021.

Scoil Mhuire gan Smál or the Convent of Mercy Secondary School in Roscommon Town has the highest number of entrants in this year’s competition with four entries, all in the group section. The school has two entries in the Social and Behaviour Sciences category.

One of those entries is a group submission on The Correlation between the use of fitness trackers and their effects on mental health and well-being. The school’s other entry in this category concerns an investigation into the division of emotional labour in the home and how gender imbalances can be rectified.

Scoil Mhuire also has an entry in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences category which concerns an investigation into the physical skill levels of FIFA-18 players to show if one can excel in soccer using the R-statistical package. The school’s other entry is an investigation into localised bacterial contamination using as FSD UV Glowbag kit and its limitations.

Scoil Mhuire or the Convent of Mercy Secondary School in Strokestown are represented by three entries in the competition. The second level school has two group entries in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences category.

One of those projects seeks to investigate the attitudes and awareness of digital numbers among people in the school community while the other is a statistical analysis of the ‘Monty Hall Dilemma’.

The school’s remaining entry is in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category which seeks to investigate attitudes and awareness of digital rights among people in their school community.

Roscommon CBS this year has three entries in the competition. In the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences group section, students will be undertaking a comparative study between filtered and unfiltered water.

In the Biological and Ecological section, Roscommon CBS are represented by a project which seeks to explore the effects of different types of face masks on ‘Maskne’ and how coniferous forests affect water quality in the River Suck.

The county’s remaining entry in this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition features a group entry, from Castlerea Community School while considers the impact of Covid-19 on the lives of people in their school community.

Selected from over 1,300 entries, this year’s finalists represent 213 schools across 29 counties and will showcase their projects on the BTYSTE virtual platform to a national – and increasingly international – audience.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been a driving force behind a large number of entries with a quarter of all qualified projects delving into topics on health and the impact of Covid-19  explored across all four project categories.

Students that enter the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition explore and analyse both national and global social issues which are important to them. Many projects touch on direct provision, gender studies, race, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and socioeconomic challenges.

For the first time in its prestigious history, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will be delivered across a virtual platform from January 6th to January 8th 2021. This national celebration of science and technology is one of the country’s best attended events every year.

For participants, the Exhibition offers a chance to win one of the most coveted awards with a substantial prize fund and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy, as well as over 200 prizes for individuals, groups, and teachers.

 

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