This week, three groups of students are representing the school at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin.
Eve McGlinchey of second year has entered the junior Technology section with a project involving the use of small, portable and cheap computers to power a working voice activated home automation system. Using this technology, one could open doors, lock doors, turn on lights, operate plugs using nothing but voice commands. This would be significantly helpful to people with physical disabilities, helping them to perform simple tasks around the house. The project has attracted attention from the exhibition’s own website and the technology website siliconrepublic.com. Eve’s supervising teacher is Julie Egan.
Katie Doyle-Byrne and Christiana Diyaolu have entered the intermediate Social and Behavioural Sciences with a project analysing the words that print media used in relation to the refugee crisis for a week’s duration in September. They compared several newspapers against each other and also noticed how their attitudes changed around the much publicised death of three year old Aylan Kurdi. The project has made an appearance on the RTÉ Drivetime program and on RTÉ’s News2Day. It was supervised by Christopher Davey
The final project from St. Leo’s College is also entered in the intermediate Social and Behavioural Sciences category. Ashlinn Flood’s project is on the mental health of farmers. She surveyed farmers at marts around the region and has determined that while farmers may talk to those immediately around them about any issues, they tend not to take things any further. After implementing various awareness campaigns, Ashlinn measured how affective these were at pushing farmers to seek help. Ashlinn’s supervising teacher is Fiona McManus and the project was featured on the website Agriland.ie.
A link to Katie and Christiana’s project on RTÉ Drivetime can be found here, beginning at 1 hour and 54 minutes.