Tralee Schools To Be Well-Represented At BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

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Presentation Secondary School Tralee students Ciara and Saoirse Murphy whose entry qualified for the BTYSTE this coming January. 

THE 2024 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) is just around the corner taking place in Dublin from January 10-13.

There were 2,042 project entries submitted by 4,166 students from 343 schools from across the island of Ireland and 27 of those entries are from Kerry.

Three Tralee schools will have 12 projects competing at event with seven from Mercy Mounthawk, four from CBS The Green and one from Presentation Secondary School.

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Mercy Mounthawk’s entries are ‘How can the mechanics in origami be applied to modern engineering’ in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category; ‘Have We Gone WHEY Too Far?’ in the Health & Wellbeing category; ‘Investigating the public awareness of autism and attitudes toward ASD-related topics’ in the Social & Behavioural Sciences category; ‘An investigation into which Probiotic is best for your Gut Health’ in the Health & Wellbeing category; ‘Using game theory to solve Catan’ in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category; Defibrillator Dispatch Droid: ‘The Future of Cardiac First Response’ in the Technology category and Investigation Into the Health Benefits of Algal Pigments’ in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category.

The four CBS The Green entries are — ‘A Mobility/Care Assister’ in the Technology category; ‘Enhancing Soil Health and Crop Growth Through Natural Soil Enhancers: A Comparative Study’ in the Biological & Ecological category; ‘Designing and creating an AI platform which can aid in differentiating learning in mixed ability classrooms in a constructive learning setting’ in the Technology category and ‘Slaying the Educational Leviathan: A Study on Transforming Education for Sustainable Global Citizenship in the Social & Behavioural Sciences category.

Presentation Secondary School Tralee has one entry — ‘ACT {Aid, Care, Treat} – an immediate, accessible, technological aid to assist in emergencies, supported by a comprehensive repository of medical information’ in the Health & Wellbeing category.

Meanwhile Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine lead the way for Kerry with ten entries, Presentation Secondary School Listowel have two entries with Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Tarbert Comprehensive School and Community College Killorglin with one each.

The 60th BTYSTE is Ireland’s national celebration of STEM and one of the country’s best attended events every year.

There are over 200 prizes to be won and a prize fund of €50,000 for BTYSTE 2024.  These prizes are awarded across all five categories and age groups, including the overall BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year Award, worth €7,500, which will see the winners go on to represent Ireland at the prestigious European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), which takes place in the European City of Science 2024 – Katowice, Poland. Ireland has a strong record of taking home the prize for first place at the EUCYS, with 17 wins over the past 33 years.

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