Offaly student amongst BT Young Scientist winners

AN Offaly student was amongst the winners at the BT Young Scientest and Technology Exhibition.

AN Offaly student was amongst the winners at the BT Young Scientest and Technology Exhibition.

Jeremy Rigney from St Rynagh’s Community College came third in the Intermediate Individual in the technology section with his project ‘Games based learning versus traditional classroom methods: which is more effective?’ This study compared the effectiveness of traditional teaching methods to game based learning using a game developed by a student to teach a maths concept.

An entry from Oaklands Community College Featured in the Social and Behavioural Science category. Sinead Hickey, Esther Kenny and Kerrie Quinn’s project entitle ‘Infectious Design’ aims to look at the effects of piercing and tatoos on the body and in a career choice.

Also in the Social and Behavioural Sciences was a project entitled ‘Having a bit of a problem: an investigation into the use of bits with horses’. The project by Celine Camon and Emma Phelan from Gallen CS investigates the response of horses when various types of ‘bits’ are used and the materials that can influence their performance.

The overall winner of the BT Young Scientist & Technologist’s of the Year 2013 were Kinsale Community School in County Cork with their project, ‘A statistical investigation of the effects of diazotroph bacteria on plant germination’

The Best Individual projrct prize went to Presentation College, Galway for the project, ‘”Free Feet” a device to reduce freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease’