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St Ciaran's College was represented recently at the BT Young Scientist and Technologist Exhibition by two teams.

Ben Trainor, Peter Trainor and Oran Shields all Year 9 students, became interested in entering the BTYSE competition after seeing a promotional poster in the Technology Department. Following a discussion around farm accidents and tragedies, they developed an idea to design and manufacture a sensory alarm system that would indicate if a farmer was overcome by slurry gas. After further development the product was named the ‘Farm Alarm’.  The team were delighted when their design proposal was accepted to the competition finals.

The pupils worked extremely hard during the weeks up to the event and represented their school and the product with great enthusiasm and pride. The project attracted plenty of interest from both the judges, members of the public and VIP guests who were impressed by both the Farm Alarm idea and how the students presented themselves.

The pupil’s success in the exhibition has generated a great interest amongst the school community in design and innovation. We hope to build on this success and partake in future exhibitions.

Ronan Cassley, Caoimhe May Lawlor and Grainne Mc Connell, three Yr 11 studnets, had the initial idea of a Smart Trough, a trough with a lid to prevent loss of meal by rain, in May 2018. They entered the Sentinus Young Innovators event in Jordanstown, and were selected to exhibit their project at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham in March. This was their incentive to explore the ways that they could improve on what was a good idea. They applied for the BTYSE competition and were delighted to be selected to exhibit their work. A few months of hard work followed, and several improvement were made to their original idea. Cathal O’Neill from BT, gave them advice on design approaches used to industry. This enabled the group focus their research and allowed for improvements to be made, namely using sensors and being able to connect to the internet.

The group were fantastic ambassadors for the St Ciaran’s at the exhibition in the RDS. They spoke to judges eloquently and were confident in their knowledge of their project. It was a fabulous experience, right from the opening ceremony when President Higgins officially opened the event, to the final day when they showcased their work to the general public.

They are already discussing improvements to their design and have other novel ideas, so we will all be looking forward to participating in this fabulous event again next year.  

St Ciaran's is very proud of our six young exhibitors and thankful to the staff who supported them with their projects.



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