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Scoil Mhuire Scoops Two 'Highly Commended' Rosettes at BTYSTE2020

Great success for our four TY students at the RDS, Dublin
Scoil Mhuire Scoops Two 'Highly Commended' Rosettes at BTYSTE2020

Four of our Transition Year students took part in the 2020 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS at the beginning of January.

These students under the guidance of Ms Laura Corbett were the only Inishowen exhibition among 23 projects from Donegal schools and were lucky enough to bring home two ‘Highly Commended’ rosettes.

Jenny’s topic ‘Is Exercise recovery time in teenagers dependent on the type of sport participated in?’ This project came about when Jenny noticed that those who also did athletics were recovering faster and she decided to find out which sport is best for aerobic fitness in teenagers. Her subsequent survey included members of the Buncrana GAA, Buncrana Golf Club, Illies Celtic, Inishowen AC, Buncrana Hearts, Dunree Boxing club and included students from both Crana College and Scoil Mhuire. She discovered that the mean recovery time for each sport was significantly different but teenagers who participated in boxing had the highest aerobic fitness levels which enabled them to perform tasks for a longer time period and those who took part in Athletics had the second highest aerobic fitness level

Philomena and Andreea

Philomena and Andreea were the team with the project ‘A classification of fingerprint patterns among Irish adults’. As both students were interested in Forensic Science and Biology they wanted to do a project which involved these areas. During their research, they discovered a world fingerprint map which did not include Ireland. They carried out a statistical analysis of Irish adults to establish the frequency of the particular fingerprint patters to try to come a step closer to putting Ireland on the map!

Using a large and reliable sample group of adults, including staff from Scoil Mhuire, the girls found that that the most commonly occurring fingerprint pattern type occurring in Irish adults was the Ulnar Loop and that the Double Whorl was the least common. The most common fingerprint pattern type combination was found to be UUUUU which means that each of the five fingers has an Ulnar Loop.

Scoliosis by Eliana Campbell

The project was held dear to Elaina’s heart as she herself suffers from Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) after undergoing successful surgery back in July 2018. She decided to carry out a qualitative analysis on the quality of like experiences of post-primary students with AIS. Having AIS had a major impact on Eliana and she wanted to see if others had similar experiences in their daily life. She focused on four main areas – school, home, strengths/attributes which have been developed as a result and how the young people feel that their life differs from those of the same age who don’t have the condition. Unfortunately loss of sport and physical activity featured strongly as well as the loss of friendship and social interaction because of a lack of awareness, support and understanding. However, young people overwhelmingly felt that their resilience improved as a result and that many no longer get caught up with the smaller things in life

The students all agreed that their experience at the BTYSTE was unreal and that they loved every single minute of their time there. They whole event was very informative and they made so many new friends from all over the country. As well as meeting Minister Joe McHugh, Micheál Martin, Mr Tony Scott founding member of the BTYSTE and Niall Moyna from Operation Transformation, the students were also interviewed by Donegal Live with Eliana getting a special Minister Joe McHugh. The happenings during the week long event will live long in their memories and hopefully they will encourage other students to take part in the coming years. A very special word of thanks to Ms Laura Corbett who mentored and encouraged the girls over the last couple of months and whose advice and experience was paramount to their success

We wish them all the very best of luck in their future endeavours!

Minister For Education Joe McHugh at BTYSTE 2020

Donegal student's research earns her a Highly Commended ribbon at BT Young Scientists Exhibition

A teenagher from Donegal brings her experience of Adolescent Idiopathic Scolios to a national platform






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