The annual BT Young Scientist competition took place from the 11th to the 14th of January in the RDS, Coláiste Fionnchua had two projects on display.
Three of the second-year high achiever group competed in the junior section of the competition. Eoghan O’Donnell, Zac Darcy and Colm King represented Coláiste in the ‘Social and Behavioural Sciences’ category. Their project aimed to find out how the cost-of-living crisis is impacting farmers, and if it is encouraging them to be more sustainable on the farm. Through their research, they were able to identify areas where farmers need support to be more sustainable. Their project explores how farmers are being more sustainable, does being sustainable benefit, them economically, and where do they require support. Our students overall aim is to help farmers in rural Ireland, protecting our way of life and livelihood for future generations. The boys were rewarded with a ‘Highly Commended’ award during the prizegiving.
TY students Hazel O Brien and Darragh Sheehy are competed in the senior section of the competition. Hazel & Darragh completed a project on ‘the effects of administration of antibiotics to cattle and the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria’. They have linked in with Teagasc to complete a scientific investigation which they will showcase the results of at the exhibition.
Both groups were excellent ambassadors for Coláiste Fionnchua in the RDS. We now look forward and begin our planning for BTYSE 2024!