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Founders Medal

The Founders’ Medal for this year is awarded to BT Ireland, the core sponsor, organiser and custodian of the Exhibition for the past nineteen years. This year BT Ireland has also sponsored The Primary Science Fair.


Fr Tom Burke Bursary

Award TitleSchool NameCountyProject TitleCategoryStandStudent(s)
Rev. Dr. Tom Burke BursaryPresentation Secondary SchoolTipperaryTo determine if the current RSE course adequately prepares young people for changing health and social issues in Ireland.Social and Behavioural Sciences2303Róisín O’Connor

Best School awards

Award TitleCategorySchoolCounty
NAPD Best Republic of Ireland SchoolBest SchoolSt Andrew’s College Dublin
BT Best Overall School from Northern IrelandBest SchoolSouth Eastern Regional College – LisburnAntrim

Educator of Excellence Awards

Award TitleSchoolCounty
Perrigo Educator of ExcellenceMary Immaculate Secondary School LisdoonvarnaClare
BT Educator of Excellence- Social and Behavioural SciencesJohn The Baptist Community SchoolLimerick
BT Educator of Excellence- Chemical, Physical & Mathematical SciencesPobalscoil NeasainDublin
Analog Educator of ExcellenceClonakilty Community CollegeCork

Gold Partners Student Awards

Award TitleSchoolCountyProject TitleStandStudent(s)
Cisco Best CPM ProjectSt Aloysius College CarrigtwohillCorkDeveloping an organic solar cell coating solution to mitigate fossil fuels usage by motor vehicles3524Aoife Morris, Tianha Williams
RTÉ Best Social & Behavioural Project AwardColáiste Muire CrosshavenCorkMedia Meddling with Memory? – An investigation into post-event information and how it alters your recollection.2206Peter Lehane
Analog Devices Best Technology ProjectCalasanctius CollegeGalwayEmission Free Omnidirectional Magnetic Driving System4301Alice Shaughnessy
Perrigo Best Biological and Ecological ProjectSt Andrew’s CollegeDublinDiscovery of the Ideal Microenvironment for the Differentiation of hiPSCs into Islets of Langerhans1302Yasmin Ryan

Highly commended

SchoolCountyProject TitleCategoryStandStudent(s)
Loreto CollegeCavanGet up, get out and get off your phone! – A tool for schoolsSocial and Behavioural Sciences2558Caoimhe Sexton, Hannah Young
Colaiste Dun an RiCavanA statistical analysis of the public’s awareness of the danger of positional asphyxiation associated with infant car seats.Social and Behavioural Sciences2109Ryan Lockwood
Mary Immaculate Secondary School LisdoonvarnaClareAn examination of ash die back in the ash trees in an area of the Burren.Biological and Ecological1205Róisín McNamara
Coláiste Mhuire EnnisClareKefir & Kombucha: The Alcohol Content, Microbial Content and Health Benefits of Fermented DrinksBiological and Ecological1108Jennifer Weston
St Flannan’s CollegeClareTesting the efficiency of programming languages using neural networks.Technology4307Gavin Guthrie
Millstreet Community SchoolCorkA One-Stop Shop website for parents of School LeaversSocial and Behavioural Sciences2540Sarah Linehan, Ryan Murray, Sylwester Brak
Coláiste ChoilmCorkA Statistical Analysis of How Emojis are Affecting Children and Young People’s Emotional Literacy.Social and Behavioural Sciences2562Emily Cotter, Louise Ambrose
Coláiste ChoilmCorkTechnostress: An Investigation into the Physiological Anxiety Responses in Students when Separated from their Mobile Phones.Social and Behavioural Sciences2521Rebecca Sheehan, Caoimhe Buckley, Maria O’Connor
Coláiste An Spioraid NaoimhCorkAn Investigation into the Effect of Font Style and Colour on the Retention of Information while ReadingSocial and Behavioural Sciences2531Dylan O’Toole, Thomas Otway, Leo Callanan
Christ King Girls Secondary SchoolCorkAllium Sativum: Can it combat the rise of the “Superbugs”?Biological and Ecological1607Aisling O Connor, Alison O Connell
Kinsale Community SchoolCorkA Statistical Study into the financial sustainability of the agricultural sector in IrelandSocial and Behavioural Sciences2405Sarah Deasy, Ben Loughnane, Ben McCarthy
Sacred Heart Secondary SchoolCorkWho cares about the carer?Social and Behavioural Sciences2537Sinéad Coomey, Aoife O’Sullivan, Sinéad Coleman
Mount Mercy CollegeCorkB12 young scientistSocial and Behavioural Sciences2557Meabh Hughes, Ann Keohane, Fiona Eustace
Coláiste An Spioraid NaoimhCorkTo investigate how heat produced by decomposing plant matter could aid the growth of new plant lifeBiological and Ecological1536David Rasmussen, Ben Shorten, Eoin Twohig
St Mary’s Secondary SchoolCorkTo investigate how audio illusions can deceive you.Biological and Ecological1567Emma Deasy, Radisha Fernando
Ardscoil Uí UrmoltaighCorkEarly Warning, Farm Safety SystemTechnology4531Adam Giles, Keith Nyhan
Christ King Girls Secondary SchoolCorkHow does guided meditation and yoga affect students’ memory and stress levels?Social and Behavioural Sciences2111Ayushi Mahajan
Coláiste Muire CrosshavenCorkSexual Orientation and Drug and Alcohol AbuseSocial and Behavioural Sciences2217Shane Williams
North Monastery Secondary SchoolCorkRo-Bee: simulating the behaviour of bees using autonomous agentsTechnology4518Brian Prout, Paul Sunday, Jordan Woodgate
Kinsale Community SchoolCorkAn investigation into the effects of soil compaction on autumn carbon sequestration in grassland soils.Biological and Ecological1412Laoise O’ Mahony, Orla Good
Schull Community CollegeCorkAn Investigation into the Plastic Macro-debris on our BeachesBiological and Ecological1555Jess Ryan, Laura Kennedy
Schull Community CollegeCorkAt Your Best With Rest: An Investigation into Sleep Deprivation in Young Athletes.Biological and Ecological1549Asa Curran, Matthew Sheehan
Patrician AcademyCorkTo investigate the reduction of plastic waste in a secondary school by the introduction of a reusable water bottleBiological and Ecological1513Luke Barrow, Henry Egbo, Conor Lavery
Coláiste An Spioraid NaoimhCorkApplications of Citizen Drawn Constituencies to the Irish Democratic SystemTechnology4304Ciarán Meers
Coláiste ChoilmCorkBuilding a medical device using piezoelectric polymer to monitor teeth grinding and clenchingTechnology4202Liah Cremin
Scoil MhuireDonegalA solar powered solution for the aquaponic growth of leafy crops in developing countriesBiological and Ecological1568Rory Coleman, Rachel Fletcher
Coláiste AilighDonegalIdentifying dehydration in salivaChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3112Clodagh O’ Connor
Loreto Community SchoolDonegalYummy plastic filled wormies: An investigation into the environmental impact of micro-plastic exposure on the growth rate and mortality of the humble earthworm.Biological and Ecological1413Oisin Farrell, Thomas Cannon
South Eastern Regional College – Bangor CampusDownInvestigation into the growth of algae for bio-fuel use.Biological and Ecological1306Jordan Stafford
Loreto High SchoolDublinRun the RiskSocial and Behavioural Sciences2519Sadbh Long, Eve Macaulay, Nicole Egan
Blackrock CollegeDublinBecoming Carbon NeutralSocial and Behavioural Sciences2422Max Mullen, Ethan Leon-Ryan
Terenure CollegeDublin“The Creation of a “Real Time” Detection System and Treatment Method for Legionella in Water”Biological and Ecological1609Dylan Curran, Andi Lupu
Muckross Park CollegeDublinCognitive Classrooms – a novel approach to streaming classes for the new Junior CycleSocial and Behavioural Sciences2546Eabha Kernan, Aisling Mccabe
St. Fintan’s High SchoolDublinAn intervention to teach young GAA players how to manage their emotions during competitive matchesSocial and Behavioural Sciences2544Charlie McCarthy, JJ McCarthy
Loreto Secondary School, BalbrigganDublinCan you effectively make biodegradable clothes?Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3533Willemijn Bosschaert, Eva Connolly, Ella Shanahan
St Michaels CollegeDublinLasers: The FutureChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3515Max McCormack, Yiqun Xie, John-Finnian Hourican
Terenure CollegeDublinThe mass production of sodium alginate and calcium lactate capsules as a new method of drug deliveryChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3526Michael La Grue, Jack Mulhern
Ardgillan Community CollegeDublinA Yearlong Chemical Analysis of Pollutants in The Bracken RiverChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3516Elena Manek, William Leonard
Sandford Park School LtdDublinSearching For Strife – are online content providers directing us towards negative contentChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3508Rachel Doyle, Aoife Espey
Loreto Secondary School, BalbrigganDublinThe Impact of Exposure to Ethnic Music on Cultural AttitudesSocial and Behavioural Sciences2713Kate O’Driscoll, Delia Istoc
Cabinteely Community SchoolDublinMental Health in LGBT PeopleSocial and Behavioural Sciences2711Conor Slevin, Laura Cannon Fox
Loreto Secondary School, BalbrigganDublinAn investigation into the growth response of the pisum savitum’s roots towards different acoustics and whether noise pollution affects plantsBiological and Ecological1213Iman Khan
St Joseph’s Secondary SchoolDublinDeveloping a motion-generated light indicator for cyclist using micro-bit controllers.Technology4528Luke Fichtner, Jordan Fitzgerald Skelton, Nicky Gallagher
Kishoge Community CollegeDublinSmart Home For The Hearing ImpairedTechnology4602Jordan Ahern, Liyana Muhammad Tariq Zafri
Coláiste IosagáinDublinStaidéar ar na difríochtaí sláinte idir an Lucht Siúil agus pobal gineareálta na hÉireann, agus scagthóir sláinte a dhearadh i gcomhréir leo.Social and Behavioural Sciences2207Aoife Ní Bhriain
Castleknock CollegeDublinPhysBot – Bot For GoodTechnology4405Dominic Corley, Cian Gannon
Santa Sabina Dominican CollegeDublinAn Investigation into Making Food Waste into Bioplastic for Everyday UseBiological and Ecological1418Aoife McMahon, Rachel Ingle
Templeogue CollegeDublinUsing satellites to establish if there is a correlation between the air quality of a city and the health of its plantsBiological and Ecological1548Pierce Comerford, Joshua Butler, Sam Hartigan
Loreto Secondary School, BalbrigganDublinAn Investigation into the Effect of a Farmer’s Attitude Towards Nature on the Biodiversity of the Soil on their Farm.Biological and Ecological1216Selina Xu
Pobailscoil IosoldeDublinColorimetric Indicator for Early Screening of The Celtic Curse.Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3208Áine Measey
Coláiste Iognáid S.J.GalwayFools for Fuels: Air pollutionBiological and Ecological1615Eoin O’ Malley, Madeleine Mitchell, Roisin McGrath
Coláiste Bhaile ChláirGalwayHow safe do you really think your phone is?Technology4418Aoibhe O’Flynn, Chloe Flaherty, Bronagh Kelly
Gaelcholáiste ChiarraíKerryImscrúdú a dhéanamh ar Eacnamaíochta Iompraíochta de Claontaí Fo-Chonscneacha i gCinntí TomhaltóiríSocial and Behavioural Sciences2710Leah Ní Sheanacháin, Sarah Nic Gerailt
Mercy Secondary SchoolKerrySafety Sensor and Camera for BicyclesTechnology4505Nicola Moriarty, Patrick Nolan, Sean Fitzgibbon
Mercy Secondary SchoolKerryThe Posture PadTechnology4610Sean Hennessy, John McCrohan
Loreto Secondary SchoolKilkennyAssessing parental attitudes to the uptake of the HPV vaccine among adolescent boys in the South East.Social and Behavioural Sciences2524Katy Hynes, Clíona Dunne
Loreto Secondary SchoolKilkennyDoes participation in Transition Year translate to better Leaving Certificate results?Social and Behavioural Sciences2585Shalom Oyenuga, Isabel Gill, Aoife Mulhall
Coláiste Pobal OsraíKilkennyImscrúdú ar éifeachtúlacht Cuileann ar an borrphéist Trichophyton verruscomBiological and Ecological1404Pádraig Ó hOldain, Bo Connery Butler
Ardscoil RisLimerickThe Cannabis Question?? Public Opinion on the Legalisation of Medicinal Cannabis in Ireland.Social and Behavioural Sciences2508Fergal Egan, Stephen McPartlin, Kyle McMahon
Gaelcholáiste LuimnighLimerickAnti-Antibiotics!: Staidéar ar úsáid antaibheathaigh i gContae an Chláir / A study on the use of antibiotics in County ClareBiological and Ecological1507Seoda Ní Chaoimh, Muireann Ní Shé
Ardscoil RisLimerickHow Now Brown Cow? : A collar with sensors to monitor cow movement, temperature, identification and more.Technology4503Aidan Quigney, Jack O’Connor
Coláiste ChiaráinLimerickDesigning a hydroponic system for sustainable plant growth on the moon.Technology4520Oisin Brady Halmschlag, Kevin Lawlor
Coláiste ChiaráinLimerickUsing Plate and Photo Programs to Create a Catalogue of HII Regions That Have Been Misidentified as Galaxies on the SDSS DatabaseChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3203Hannah Lucey
St Mary’s CollegeLondonderryInvestigating a method that can be used to determine the active ingredients in medications using 2 homemade spectrophotometersChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3202Ava Canney
Moyne Community SchoolLongfordStudy of First Year students’ home use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)Social and Behavioural Sciences2110David Masterson, Seán Tiernan
Lanesboro Community CollegeLongfordCounting the Carbon Dioxide Cost of Our Diets: Designing a model to quantify effects of our diets on CO2 emissions.Biological and Ecological1312Leah Farrell
Lanesboro Community CollegeLongfordStep Over Maths: A Step in the Right Direction?Social and Behavioural Sciences2213Orla Lyons
Dundalk Grammar SchoolLouthVISIONsystems (Visual Impairment Supporting Interactive Optical Navigating systems) That are Powered by Solar Energy and Thermoelectric CoolingChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3109Solomon Doyle
St Vincent’s Secondary SchoolLouthA Fourier Analysis of Mathematical Wave Patterns in Irish DancingChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3401Cara Preston, Ciara Reilly
St. Mary’s Secondary SchoolMayoTo identify a Novel and Wildlife Supporting Use of Seafood Waste in Coastal Protection Against Destructive Ocean WavesBiological and Ecological1562Lauren Tuffy, Leah Hannon
Eureka Secondary SchoolMeathThumbs Up: A Scientific Investigation into Texting Style and its Relationship with Finger Strength, and Frequency or Increase in Localized PainBiological and Ecological1504Ruth Smyth, Katie Conachy, Emma-Jane McKeon
Our Lady’s Secondary SchoolMonaghanAbsenteeism as a result of Type 1 diabetesSocial and Behavioural Sciences2522Maria Duffy, Laura Christie, Tara Quinn
Patrician High SchoolMonaghanInvestigation of the link between excessive social media use and anxiety.Social and Behavioural Sciences2550Daire Shankey, Dáire Poval, Calum Quigley
Colaiste ChoilmOffaly“BeatTheDrought” – A smart, staged, domestic greywater eco-treatment system.Technology4207Ronan Walsh
Scoil Mhuire gan SmálRoscommonReading for Equality – An investigation into the gender and racial bias in children’s classical and modern books, and if it can create stereotypesSocial and Behavioural Sciences2205Maeve Farrell
Ursuline CollegeSligo‘Do you see what I’m saying?’ – A practical code transfer system utilising surface micro-vibrations initiated by incident sound wavesChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3525Ellen Woodward, Maeve Brogan, Emma Casey
Ursuline Secondary SchoolTipperarySexual consent: A study of teenagers understanding, knowledge and views and a proposal for the Dept of EducationSocial and Behavioural Sciences2579Eva Morrissey, Jade McCarthy
Ursuline Secondary SchoolTipperaryAn Automated RFID Dispensing UnitTechnology4526Jean Grace, Sarah Fitzgerald, Ellen Duggan
Ard Scoil Na MaraWaterfordCervical Check and the HPV Vaccine – Information, Opinion and Fake News.Social and Behavioural Sciences2402Róisín Ní Chadhla, Jovana Gajic
Athlone Community CollegeWestmeathAnaphylaxis-We Need A Reaction!Social and Behavioural Sciences2548Damien Kelly, Luke Coffey, Neil Hannon
Athlone Community CollegeWestmeathSmart Electric FenceChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3500Irene Finnerty, Aoife O’Neill, Aoibhe Lennon
Colaiste MhuireWestmeathThe Development of an Active Road Stud that can Visually Alert Road Users to Traffic LevelsTechnology4208Rory O’Sullivan Sexton
Moate Community SchoolWestmeathPurification to save the nationBiological and Ecological1546Oisin Murphy, Ruairi Casey, Jay Looney
Athlone Community CollegeWestmeathKnock, Knock – Who Is there? An Artificial Neural Network Autoencoder Design and Implementation to Detect When an Internet Connected Toy Has Been HackedTechnology4502Amy Fallon, Andrea Whyte
Moate Community SchoolWestmeathElectric Fence Low Voltage Alert SystemTechnology4532Stephen Kelly, Christopher Kerrigan
Our Lady’s BowerWestmeathLamb WatchTechnology4416Eimear Galvin, Millie O’Brien, Hannah Lennon
Our Lady’s BowerWestmeathMove Over Manuka! – Irish Heather Honey means BuZZnessBiological and Ecological1411Hannah Duffy, Niamh Jordan
Moate Community SchoolWestmeathSphagnum Re-growth; A Solution to a Blazing Concern?Biological and Ecological1604Emma Kelly, Brian Conlon
Creagh CollegeWexfordQuantifying the antioxidant levels in wheatgrass juice to determine its suitability for preventing diseases caused by free radicals produced in the body.Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3406Charlotte Gray, Lauren Paisley
St Marys CollegeWicklowChildren with autism cannot waitBiological and Ecological1309Ella Devereux
Presentation CollegeWicklowBlue is the New Green: The feasibility and possible application of water harvesting in Irish schoolsBiological and Ecological1506Rory Mulcahy, Killian Bourke
St Gerard’sWicklowThe Mystery of the Killiney Beach AmberChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3101Ethna Vondrys
Avondale Community CollegeWicklowAn Eggshell Filtration System to Remove Pollutants from WaterChemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences3300Seán Byrne
Avondale Community CollegeWicklowAre dairy farmers wasting money on footbath solutions?Biological and Ecological1102Aisling Byrne

Display awards

SchoolCountyProject TitleStandStudent(s)
Gaelcholáiste MhuireCorkConas truailliu san uisce a laghdú tré plaisteach in-bhithmhillte a dhéanamh as prátaí3534Clara Pepper, Ela Demir
Sacred Heart Secondary SchoolCorkFear Free Foraging- Formulating a home test to distinguish between both edible and poisonous mushrooms by investigating their common chemicals1563Alice Sexton, Aibhín Ruddy, Hannah Rafferty
Coláiste ChoilmCorkThe Secret Life of Plants – An Investigation into the Communicative Capabilities of Plants1524Katie Lordan, Rachel Hughes, Jodie Sullivan
Christ King Girls Secondary SchoolCorkAllium Sativum: Can it combat the rise of the “Superbugs”?1607Aisling O Connor, Alison O Connell
Bandon Grammar SchoolCorkA Pint of the Black Stuff: Ultrasound assisted hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae to produce renewable jet fuel3209Greg Tarr
Colaiste TreasaCorkDiabetes: Don’t sugar coat it – Improving the general populations’ understanding of Type 2 Diabetes to support prevention2100Hannah Walsh
The Institute Of Education – DublinDublinMors a Vita, A Study into the antibacterial properties of the basic building blocks of life1601Matthew O’Dwyer, Aaron Dinesh
Pobalscoil NeasainDublinDo you take your tea with plastic? A chemical analysis investigating MICROPLASTICS within a variety of tea bags and the consequences this has on compost development and quality.3513Sophie Kelly, Karl Fitzpatrick, Rachelle Biayi
Le Chéile Secondary SchoolDublinThe Big Bingewatch Theory2580Jessica Odemena, Niamh O’Connor, Róisín Gleeson
St Marys College – C.S.Sp.DublinHow magic affects the brain2215Oliver Grant
Pobalscoil NeasainDublinA Biological investigation into the antimicrobial properties of the proteolytic enzyme bromelain found in pineapples1400Elias Rode, Kacper Kolakowski, Arturs Arajs
Kishoge Community CollegeDublinSmart Home For The Hearing Impaired4602Jordan Ahern, Liyana Muhammad Tariq Zafri
Kishoge Community CollegeDublinIrish Bee Diversity App1401Sophianne Connolly, Aqlan Ardy, Japnitt Singh
Santa Sabina Dominican CollegeDublinImprove your learning4540Robin Keating, Hannah Armstrong
St Raphaels CollegeGalwayThe Effect of Coconut on Barley1303Miriam Kennedy
St. Brigid’s Secondary SchoolKerryInvestigating the Presence of Microplastics in Freshwater Lakes surrounding Killarney.1608Niamh Coffey, Claire Joy, Abby O’ Leary
Killorglin Community CollegeKerryA systematic study into using halophyte species to develop a nutrient treatment biofilter to combat oceanic deadzones.1300Timothy McGrath
Killorglin Community CollegeKerryAre nursery rhymes appropriate for the 21st century?2216Natasha Myers
Coláiste LorcáinKildareThe ability of different indigestion tablets and traditional remedies to neutralise stomach acid3105Cassie Cullen
Coláiste Pobal OsraíKilkennyImscrúdú ar éifeachtúlacht Cuileann ar an borrphéist Trichophyton verruscom1404Pádraig Ó hOldain, Bo Connery Butler
Desmond CollegeLimerickSharing – but not Caring2214Matthew O Connor
Desmond CollegeLimerickSynthesis and Analysis of Biodegradable Polymers Enhanced with Organic Waste3400Orla Mullane, Lucy Flaherty
Salesian Secondary College, PallaskenryLimerickSticks and Stones2576Joe Sweeney, James Dunworth, Jack Lloyd
Salesian Secondary College, PallaskenryLimerickSticks and Stones2576Joe Sweeney, James Dunworth, Jack Lloyd
Salesian Secondary College, PallaskenryLimerickAutomation of Location for Ambulance Request4511Tara Fitzgerald, Laura Madden, Aisling McGuinness
Colaiste ChoilmOffaly“BeatTheDrought” – A smart, staged, domestic greywater eco-treatment system.4207Ronan Walsh
Ursuline CollegeSligoWind Energy, I’m A Big Fan! – An investigation into using novel apertures for utilising wind turbines3517Lucy Morrison, Kyra Cawley, Roma Hynes
Ursuline CollegeSligoThe Pollen Project4500Aoife Devlin, Marianne Kelly, Aoife Maher
Our Lady’s BowerWestmeathSphagnum: A Super Solution for Superbugs.1612Kate Duffy, Isabelle Clarke
Marist CollegeWestmeathCan Recycled Bricks Solve Housing Crisis?3106Dónal McDermott
Athlone Community CollegeWestmeathSmart Electric Fence3500Irene Finnerty, Aoife O’Neill, Aoibhe Lennon
Our Lady’s BowerWestmeathMove Over Manuka! – Irish Heather Honey means BuZZness1411Hannah Duffy, Niamh Jordan
Avondale Community CollegeWicklowAn Eggshell Filtration System to Remove Pollutants from Water3300Seán Byrne
Coláiste Chill MhantainWicklowWill Hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde (HMF) Levels in Honey Affect: 1) The Quality of Honey and 2) Effects of the Honey on Human Health1100Rían Byrne

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