Local students win at BT Young Scientist 2023

Top Biological & Ecological award for RCC student 

Roscommon students won a number of prizes at last week’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin.

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2023
Therese Gunning, Legal Director BT Ireland presents the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2023 Biological and Ecological Sciences Category 1st Place Senior Individual Award to Sean Allen, Roscommon Community College Co Roscommon for the project ‘The long-term effects of a more sustainable method of keeping nutrients in the soil as an alternative to an artificially made granule’
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Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2023

  Leading the way was Roscommon Community College Fifth Year student, Seán Allen, who took home the Senior Individual Award in the Biological & Ecological category with his project exploring ‘The long-term effects of a more sustainable method of keeping nutrients in the soil as an alternative to an artificially made granule’. 

  His winning project even received interest from President Michael D Higgins during his visit to the exhibition.

  Seán said it was a “surreal experience” and paid tribute to teaching staff at Roscommon Community College, his parents Derek and Lisa, sister, Ciara, and extended family for their support. 

  Meanwhile, Lanesboro Community College student Ronan Lyons was Highly Commended for his project on ‘Learning environments that LAST: An enquiry into student opinion on Light, Air quality, Space and Temperature in classrooms’. 

  There was also a Display Award for Coláiste Chiaráin student Aristide Selve’s project ‘Music + Maths = a Perfect Pair’.

  Midlands Northwest MEP Chris MacManus had high praise for Roscommon students this week.

  “The standard from all over the country was phenomenal but it was great to stop and chat with some of the Roscommon students,” he said.

  “They are a credit to their county. Their parents and teachers should be very proud. I genuinely learned something new at every stall I visited.

  “I think socially and economically Roscommon has a bright future as these students bring their ideas to the world”. 

  The overall winners of the 59th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition were Shane O’Connor and Liam Carew, Sixth Year students at the Abbey School in Tipperary, with their project assessing ‘the impact of second-level education on key aspects of adolescents’ life and development’.

  The winners received the BTYSTE perpetual trophy and the top prize of €7,500 from Minister of Education Norma Foley and MD of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh. They will represent Ireland at the EU Contest for Young Scientists in Brussels in September.