Longford's Young Scientists impress at this year's BTYSTE

Jessica Thompson

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Young scientists

Brian Lyons, 5th year student from Lanesboro Community College with Mairead McGuinness MEP

Longford was certainly well-represented at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition last week, with seven different projects from the county going on display last week.

In fact, one Longford project received a Highly Commended Award at this year's exhibition.
Brian Lyons from Lanesboro Community College received the award for his project, 'A cure for poor health literacy? An investigation into the readability of public health resources'.

Brian entered the project into the Social and Behavioural Sciences category.

There were also three other projects from Lanesboro in this year's exhibition.

Orla Lyons looked into the impact of attendance on Junior Cert results; Patrick Kenny, Oran Walton and PJ Connaughton looked into the effects of illicit substances on attainment during the Leaving Cert; and Adam Kingi looked at the effect of smartphones on the neuoroplasticity of babies.

Meanwhile, in Granard, Árdscoil Phádraig students, Patrick Reilly and Brad Flynn, looked at whether or not bird boxes are beneficial, while three students from Ballymahon Vocational School - Chloe Dalton, Lisa Dowd and Grace Keegan - looked at the very serious issue of suicide awareness.

Two students from Mean Scoil Mhuire - Bebhinn Mulcahy and Emma McGoey - also did excellent research for their project on the safety of elderly people using pedestrian crossings.

Overall, this year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition was a huge success for all involved, proving that the future is in good hands as the next generation prepares to up its research game.

See the student notes pages (22&23) for more photos.