Two former winners of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, Richie OShea (2010) and Aisling Judge (2006), have today walked away with an A1 in Applied Maths. In addition, Richie scored an A1 in Physics and Chemistry, an A2 in Higher Level Maths, achieving 575 points in total. Aisling scored an A2 in Chemistry and Biology and a B2 in Physics, achieving a total of 550 points. Both want to study science and engineering in university and are awaiting first round CAO offers next week.
Both hailing from Cork, these students were outstanding performers in the exhibition and their passion for these subjects has clearly contributed to their impressive Leaving Cert results. Richie O’Shea, aged 18 from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Co Cork, won the exhibition in January 2010 with his project “A biomass fired cooking stove for developing countries” and will represent Ireland in September at the EU Young Scientist. Aisling, who attended Kinsale Community School, Kinsale, Co Cork, won the exhibition in 2006 for her project entitled “The development and evaluation of a biological food spoilage indicator”, and became the competition’s youngest ever winner at the age of 14 at the time.
The BT Young Scientist & Technology, now in its 47th year, is highly regarded in both Ireland and Europe as a platform for showcasing the talent that exists in Ireland’s schools and today’s results show what promising futures these two students and other exhibition participants have. BT hopes that these accomplishments will inspire more students to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.
Graham Sutherland, CEO, BT added, “We are delighted to hear of Aisling and Richie’s outstanding results today, and we are proud to have played a small part in encouraging their passion in these subjects. Innovation is the key to realising our ambitions to become a smart economy, and the genesis of such ingenuity is found year after year at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. These are the next generation of leaders, and their potential is immense. We’d encourage them to engage with their teachers now to prepare a project and showcase that potential at the upcoming 2011 exhibition.”
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin 4 from 12th January 2011. The closing date for entries is 4th October 2010. Students can find further information at www.btyoungscientist.com or by phone on 1800 924 362 or from Northern Ireland on 0800 917 1297.