FOUR Cork students walked away with awards from the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) yesterday.
Two girls, Aoife Morris and Tianha Williams, from St Aloysius College Carrigtwohill and two boys from North Monastery Secondary School, Danila Fedotov and Filip Caric, were recognised for their scientific efforts.
Aoife and Tianha, both aged 16, and transition year students won the group award for their project entitled ‘Developing an organic solar cell coating solution to mitigate fossil fuels usage by motor vehicles”.
The students were in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences Category at Intermediate level. This project develops an organic solar cell which can be used to partially power an electric car.
The students investigated and characterised different materials for use in the solar cell. The use of solar cells reduces the need for fossil fuels in the automotive industry and addresses the global environmental issue of pollution and climate change.
Principal of St Aloysius’ College Seán Twomey said: “Perhaps the most pleasing thing for me is that Aoife and Tianha’s success was in the ‘Chemical, Physical and Maths Section’ and Ava’s was in the ‘Technology Section’ both of which would traditionally be viewed as areas boys are strongest in. We spend a lot of time telling our girls they can do anything a boy can, and this is a little further proof.”
The group runners-up award also went to Cork students Danila Fedotov and Filip Caric, aged 17 and 18, who are 6th-year students at North Monastery Secondary School.
They were picked by the judges for their project entitled “A Wearable Device Which Assists Caretakers by Providing them with the Information on the Well-Being of Their Patients”.
The students were in the Technology category at senior level. This project has resulted in the development of a wearable device that monitors the location and status of elderly people with a specific focus on those living with dementia. The prototype is strapped to the upper arm and will work with a mobile phone app to allow caregivers to not only constantly monitor the wearers’ well-being, but also to alert in the event of a fall.
The top prize went to a Dublin student whose project used state of the art developments in the simulation of quantum circuits.
Adam Kelly will go on to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, taking place in Bulgaria in September 2019.