Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017
January 2017 has been once more a time of great excitement at St. Joseph's College, Borrisoleigh, as seven projects qualified, out of a record breaking 2000. This remarkable achievement was capped on Friday at the awards ceremony when six awards were achieved by 3 different groups.
Too billing went to fifth year student John Ryan for his project that used deep neural networks to find offensive text in messages. This can be used to help combat online harassment. This project created a detection system that can detect online harassment using machine learning. John won first prize in the Senior Individual Technology category as well as the Science Foundation Ireland special award.
Transition year students, Liam Ryan and David Moran won the Intellectual Ventures Award and came third place in the Intermediate Technology category with their project titled “Unlicensed to Kill”. Their project was about stopping a major problem on Irish roads that of unlicensed drivers. 7.5% of all fatal road accidents in Ireland are caused by unlicensed drivers. This device verifies what driver is trying to start a car by correlating the driver and the licence. Liam and David will also need their passports as they are heading to Seattle in the summer as part of their intellectual ventures award.
Second year student, Joseph O’Donoghue from Templederry won an award from the Irish Architecture Foundation for Best Sustainable Design and Innovation in a built environment for his project, ‘Solar Sleeve’. Solar Sleeve aims to double the functionality of existing wind turbines and grid connections by using photovoltaic cells. He was also highly recommended in his category which means he came in the top 15% of all projects.
There was also a project by three second years, Rachel O'Connell, Rachel O’ Gorman and Paul McCormack called ‘The investigation into the preventions of lungworm in dogs in Ireland’. The objective of their project was to cut down on the chemical treatments given to dogs with this condition. They also compiled a list of non-chemical preventative steps.
The TY golfer’s project group of Seamus Ryan and Christine Delaney from Borrisoleigh and Kate Madden from Clonakenny were also invited to UL Sports department for a presentation in May. The objective of this project was to develop a device that is a teaching aid in golf. This device helps improve skills and consistency in both the swing and putting stoke.
St Joseph’s also had a project by three transition years, Sophie Hennessy, Kate Treacy and Brid Ryan called ‘Early to Bed and Early to Rise’. The objective to this project was to investigate the relationship between diet, exercise and sleep. This also investigates how they impact mental health.
These achievements come on foot of the recent European award, Dr Mario Ruivo Prize presented to third year students Laura Hutchison and Antoinette Atik. This award was presented in Bruges for their project Bags with Tags which investigated ways to reduce ocean pollution.
St Joseph’s College are very proud of all of their students who took part in BT Young Scientist 2017 and congratulations to all involved!
Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2016
1st Place Intermediate Technology Category
Our project was one of the 550 that qualified from a record number of 2,500 entries to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Projects were judged by 82 highly esteemed experienced judges. This was the 51st year of the competition with over 367 schools battling it out. Projects were divided into four categories: Biological and Ecological Sciences, Chemical Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Technology.
Our project was titled You’ve Got Mail! We developed a device that ends worthless journeys to the post-box. It sends a text to the householder on arrival of post. We had up to 3 devices working on our display, two powered by electricity and the other device was operated by a solar panel. We had to do a visual display, a detailed report book and a progress journal of each day’s work.
We left Borrisoleigh for the RDS on Wednesday 7th January at 7 a.m. and returned tired, but very proud and excited late Saturday 10th. Wednesday was setup day and doors opened to the public Thursday morning. We were interviewed by the judging panel and special guests included Mr. Michael Lowry, T.D., and Minister Alan Kelly to name a few over the 4 days. We were delighted to have our families, relations, friends, school pals, teachers - past and present visit our stand over the few days. Almost 50,000 people visiting the exhibition. We had an intensive few days, attending our stand from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. each day, talking and explaining our project to the public, each night we were treated to entertainment in the Concert Hall.
The Awards Ceremony on Friday evening was attending by high profiles including
Mr. Colm O’Neill, C.E.O. of B.T. Ireland, Communication Minister Alex White and Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan. Excitement rose when An Post contacted us on Thursday morning expressing their interest and support along with good wishes and a generous sponsorship towards our project. Mr. Donal Connell, CEO of An Post visited our stand on Thursday.
We would like to sincerely thank our Sponsors:
An Post, Andy Fogarty Concrete, Sand & Gravel, Templederry. Mr. Noel Coonan, T.D.
Mr. Michael Lowry, T.D. The Red Flag - Templemore. Donal Clarke’s Hardware Store – Templemore and Centenery Co-op - Templemore.
We received a huge compliment from Analog Devices when they called to our stand immediately after the Award Ceremony to advise us that we were runners up for a Special Award of expenses paid trip to America and cash prize.
We would like to thank our Science Teacher, Ms. Mary Gorey who opened up the opportunity to us. Ms. Gorey was so helpful, supportive, enthusiastic, encouraging and fun throughout the whole experience and gave up many hours of her own time especially over her Christmas Holidays. Many thanks to our school and teachers for all the support especially Mr. Halpin, Mr. Coffey and the O’Shea family. We were the only Tipperary school to win 1st place in any Young Scientist Category for 2015. We cannot forget to thank our parents for all their help, support and encouragement.
Thanks to everyone who sent us good wishes, support and kind words.
St. Joseph’s has over the years went on language exchanges, Geography trips, History trip to Germany, Young Scientist entries, Irish Independent Setanta Business competition and many more competitions.
Third Year French Trip
Forty One third year students travelled to Paris in November 2010 for a four day trip to experience the Parisian lifestyle.The students saw the main sights including the Eiffel Tower and had a boat trip on the Seine. The students even had a day in Disneyland. Their experiences are captured in pictures below.
Our Leaving Cert pupils went on a very enjoyable trip to Germany in 2008.
St. Joseph’s College went on a french exchange with College Francois Villon D’Yzeure where past pupil Claire Kenny teaches.
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Kate Kenny, Miriam Dunne, Brid Ryan and Lorraine Harrahill enjoy a trip to the Eiffel Tower
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St. Joseph’s College Group are pictured here in the Stade de France Stadium
St. Joseph’s students put on imaginative and seasonal events for the Christmas Concert.