Mercy Mounthawk Enjoys Big Success At BT Young Scientists Exhibition

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Mercy Mounthawk students Conor Bradshaw, Dara Newsome and David Hughes pictured back in November 2020 withvawards they won at Scifest 2020. They now have BT Young Scientist honours to add to them.

IT’S been a fantastic afternoon for Tralee schools, but especially for Mercy Mounthawk at the BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition as the award results were announced.

Dara Newsome, David Hughes and Conor Bradshaw’s project ‘Specs – A Wearable Smart Device for Dementia Patients’ was Overall Runner-up in the competition, while  the school won Best Overall School in the Republic of Ireland.

The boys also won the Health Research Board award for the project in the Technology section. It’s not the first big prize the trio have won. Back in 2020 they won two prestigious awards at the National Scifest competition.

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Grace Ni Ifearnáin of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí won the Eli Lilly Award and the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Junior Individual 1st place for her project, ‘Nature takes on nature: investigating the effect of Juglone on Japanese Knotweed’ in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category.

Kai Seino from Mercy Mounthawk won 2nd place in the same category for his project ‘Investigating the Structural Stability of 3d Objects Using Convex Hull and Center of Mass’.

Coren Hughes from Mercy Mounthawk won Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Senior individual 1st place for his project ‘Minimising Packaging Waste Using Convex Hulls’. He also won a Display Award for his project.

Paula Holmes, Aoife Bourke from Mercy Mounthawk won 3rd place in the Social and Behavioural Senior Group category for their project ‘An investigation into suicide rates in EU countries and the factors that affect them’.

Rachel Feeley from Mercy Mounthawk was Highly Commended in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category for ‘Designing A Surgical Forceps Incorporating Frustrated Total Internal Reflection For Energy Efficient Sealing and Cutting of Tissue Using Light Energy’.

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