TULLAMORE student Katie Cogley from Sacred Heart Secondary School, who took part in the 47th annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, was highly commended in the Junior Individual Biological and Ecological category for her project 'Comparison of the accuracy of minimum invasive surgery and standard hip replacement surgery'.
13 year old Katie was the only Offaly entrant and her very topical project ensured she and her teachers Sindy Meleady and Claire Brennan very busy answering questions throughout the four days of the exhibition.
520 innovative projects were shortlisted and were on display from all parts of Ireland both North and South. The diversity of project topics, ingenious ideas and findings, were of interest to all ages, with a lot of hard work done to gain entry to this annual exhibition.
The Sacred Heart School organised the two science classes from 2nd year to go up to support and see the exhibition. Other support from Tullamore was the 6th class from the Gaelscoil. Wrapped around the competition is a festival of science and technology, including special acts, entertainment, and informAtive exhibits.
The overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist 2011 was awarded to 15 year old Alexander Amini from Castleknock College, Dublin for his project entitled, "Tennis sensor data analysis". The announcement was made by Tnaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan, TD and Graham Sutherland, CEO, BT Ireland.
Fourth year student 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.
There was a 35 percent surge in entries to the Technology category in 2011, with students such as Alexander increasingly deploying technology to invent practical solutions to improve everyday situations and issues.
Graham Sutherland, CEO, BT Ireland said, "It is not exaggerating to say that, after 47 years, there was certainly something extra special about the 2011 exhibition. Throughout this week, these students have raised our spirits, and given us hope for the future with their confidence, ideas, and can-do attitude."