Solomon’s wisdom earns Young Scientist prize

There was success for Grammar student Solomon Doyle at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition as he was awarded third place in his category. Solomon, who is in second year, returned to the RDS having also represented the school last year and left a good impression on the judges who commended him for his work.
His project is to help the visually impaired navigate their surroundings in a new innovative way. He developed a mobile app that links to Google maps and speaks directions and corrects the user if you move off a programmed route. In addition to this he used 3D printing and his programming skills.
He assembled the required circuitry and he made a smart cane that has a vibrating handle which changes intensity based on the distance to obstacles. Solomon entered his project into the Junior Individual Technology section of the competition and achieved a third-place finish.
According to his teacher Shane Lynch Solomon’s success was richly deserved giving the amount of work he put into his project.
“Congratulations to Solomon for achieving 3rd place in his category (Junior individual in Technology). He thoroughly deserved his award as it is recognition of the hundreds of hours he has spent self-learning and programming both his mobile app and smart cane prototype. A great body of work for someone who is still only in second year,” remarked Shane.
Meanwhile the overall winner of the Young Scientist competition were 16 year old duo Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan from Colaiste Choilm in Cork for a project entitled ““A statistical investigation into the prevalence of gender stereotyping in 5-7 year olds & the development of an initiative to combat gender bias”.

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