Dundalk students impress at Young Scientists exhibition

Dundalk schools enjoyed some excellent results at last weeks BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition students from Coláiste Ris, Dundalk Grammar School, St Vincent’s and Coláiste Chú Chulainn all impressing judges at the annual event which returned to the RDS after a two year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Sixth year Coláiste Ris students Conall Mullins Shortt and TJ McDonnell came second in the Senior group category for Biological and Ecological sciences. Teacher Kaya Kalyon congratulated the duo on their excellent result for their project which was titled ‘”Investigating the Immunosurveilant Properties of Erythrocyte-Bound-Toll-Like-Receptors”. Conall and TV investigated if Red blood cells were able to detect bacteria and communicate this to he immune system.

Meanwhile seasoned Dundalk Grammar School young scientist Solomon Doyle, who was entering the competition for a fifth time, did himself and his school proud by picking up two awards for his project based on an artificial intelligence tool for the classification of benign and malignant skin lesions in aid of early prognosis. Solomon won the Senior Individual and the Analog Technology awards for his efforts as he impressed judges with his presentation.
April Conroy, Kathleen Campbell and Jessica Fergus won a National Disability Authority Award for their project which investigated the ‘Effect of aging on balance’ while they were also Highly Commended by judges for their efforts.
Judges were also very impressed with the excellent presentation by Coláiste Chú Chulainn students Ayodeji Sofola and Breanna Winters who investigated if ‘Oxidation of Apples: Does the pH of an apple change as it ripens’

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