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EXHIBITION GUIDE 2012 RDS, Dublin, 12 - 14 January Celebrating BT’s

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Where smart minds meet

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BT Business of Science and Technology BT is delighted to announce the 3rd Business programme, new and improved for 2012.  We are returning to the Innovation and Technology hub at Nova UCD (www.ucd.ie/nova/) for 4 days of fun and business development workshops. 30 top award winners from the competition are selected to experience first-hand the world of technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship. We have created a program to provide the missing link in the innovation process - We also want to provide our young scientists with commercialisation skills to carry forward into their careers and lives.

In the media... Innovative students give it socks with invention aimed at diabetics reneurs are Student entrep

the business

Helping hand as entrepreneurs win summer placements

Expanding Business Leadership  As an extension of BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition the Business of Science & Technology program has enabled BT to take a national leadership role in economic development. BT is collaborating with key private- and public-sector organisations to create an opportunity to mentor the next generation of Irish innovators and entrepreneurs.

Colm O’Neill, Managing Director, Business, BT Ireland and overall Winner, William Clackett, Banbridge Academy

Igniting Entrepreneurial Spirit We at BT believe that the BT Business of Science & Technology program helps to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and business and mentor the next generation of young innovators and entrepreneurs. Bridging this gap is critical and urgent if Ireland is to be a competitive player in the global economy. 

Ellen MacArthur  Dame Ellen MacArthur, world record breaking sailor will join participants in Nova UCD in March 2012. Ellen has set up a new foundation dedicated to developing the next generation of business thinkers. www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org was established to develop the concept of the Circular Economy through innovation and creativity.

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Wining Group, Barry Holland, Clonakilty Community College; Romy Gerring, Banbridge Academy; Kate Dargen, Loreto College St Stephen’s Green; Katie Pierce O’Shea Colaiste na Sceilge Kerry, pictured with Colm O’Neill


Foreword by

Colm O’Neill Creating Tomorrow

Amárach á Chruthú

Welcome to the 2012 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

Fáilte chuig Teaspeántas Eolaí Óg agus Teicneolaíochta BT 2012

48 years on and this exhibition is thriving. Never have so many projects been entered by so many schools. Against the backdrop of economic uncertainty and the continuous search for solutions, there is an army of students, more than 3,800-strong, unearthing ideas and inventions to build a better future.

I ndiaidh 48 mbliana tá an comortas fós ag dul ó neart go neart. Tá níos mó tionscanaimh ann ná mar a bhí riamh cheana. In aineoin an chúlra eacnamaíochta neamhbhuan agus síor-chuardach ar réitigh, tá raidhse mic léinn, breis agus 3,800, ag teacht ar thionscanaimh nua a chuirfidh leis an todhchaí.

The projects you see displayed here this week are the culmination of many long hours of research and development by students across the island, and provide fascinating insights into the world around us. These students through their curiosity, critical thinking, and commitment, are bringing science, technology, engineering and maths alive beyond the classroom and showcasing here the depth of talent and potential that exists on our island.

Tá obair dhian agus uaireanta fada taighde agus forbartha taobh thiar de na tionscanaimh atá anseo an tseachtain seo, agus tugann siad léargas suntasach dúinn ar an domhain mórthimpeall orainn. Léiríonn na mic léinn fiosracht, smaointeoireacht criticiúil agus díograis in a gcuid oibre agus an eolaíocht, an teicneolaíocht, an innealtóireacht agus an mhatamaitic á léiriú acu taobh amuigh den rang, agus an cumas agus an tallann atá forleathan ar an oileán seo á thaispeáint acu.

That is why BT organises and sponsors this invaluable platform – science, technology, engineering and maths are fundamental yet critical subjects, core to progress in our economy and society, and we want to play our part in making them increasingly pervasive. We are delighted that like-minded organisations are working with us on this common goal, and in particular we’d like to thank the Department of Education & Skills in the Republic of Ireland, the Department of Education in Northern Ireland, Analog Devices, Intel, RTE and all of our other supporters whom you’ll see listed overleaf. We’d also like to thank the 80 judges, the teachers, the parents, and most importantly the students themselves.

Sin an fáth go ndéanann BT eagrú agus urraíocht ar an ardán luachmhar seo. Tá an eolaíocht, and teicneolaíocht, an innealtóireacht agus an mhatamaitic lárnach agus bunúsach i ndul chun chinn na heachnamaíochta agus an chomhlaudair, agus is mian linn ár dtacaíocht a thabhairt chun na hábhair seo a chur i lár an aonaigh. Tá ríméad orainn go bhfuil eagraíochtaí eile ar aon intinn linn agus iad ag comhoibriú linn leis an sprioc chéanna a chur i gcrích. Ba mhaith linn ár mbuíochas a ghabháil leis an Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna sa Phoblacht agus leis an Roinn Oideachais sa Tuaisceart, le hAnalog Devices, Intel, RTE agus leis an lucht tacaíochta go léir atá ar liosta sa lámhleabhar seo. Ba mhaith linn ár mbuíochas a ghabháil freisin leis na 80 breithiúna, na múinteoirí, na tuismitheoirí agus, ar ndóigh, leis na mic léinn iad féin.

Along with the competition element of this great exhibition, we strive to wrap it up in a fun and informative festival of science and technology, buzzing with exhibitors, special acts and entertainment. We hope the magical experience uplifts and inspires you on these cold January days! Thank you once again for visiting the exhibition, and showing support for these students, the creator’s of tomorrow.

Chomh maith leis an gcomórtas a bhaineann leis an taispeántas iontach seo, is mian linn féile eolaíochta agus teicneolaíochta a chur ar fáil atá taitneamhach agus fáisnéiseach, ag nascadh fuinnimh na mic léinn le heachtraí speisialta agus le siamsíocht. Tá súil againn go dtabhairfidh draíocht na hócáide ardú croí agus inspioráid daoibh sna laethanta fuara seo i lár mhí Eanáir. Gabhaim buíochas libh arís as ucht cuairt a thabhairt ar an taispeántas agus tacaíocht a léiriú do na mic léinn, cruthathóirí an lae amáraigh.

Colm O’Neill

Colm O’Neill

Chief Executive Officer, BT Ireland

Príomhfheidhmeanach, BT Ireland

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Main awards See listed below all the awards that will be made at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2012. BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year 2012 Individual or Group • BT Young Scientist(s) of the Year Trophy (perpetual) • Cheque for €5,000 / £4,500 • The chance to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists Best Individual or Best Group • BT Trophy (perpetual) • Cheque for €2,400 / £2,160 Runner-up Individual and Runners-up Group • BT Trophy (perpetual) • Cheque for €1,200 / £1,080 Please note if the title BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year is awarded to an Individual, a Best Group Award will also be made. If the title BT Young Scientist of the Year is awarded to a Group, a Best Individual Award will be made.

Category awards There are 36 prizes for Individuals and 36 prizes for Group projects. The prizes take the form of 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Junior, Intermediate and Senior sections of each of the four categories: • Biological and Ecological Sciences • Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences • Social and Behavioural Sciences • Technology The prizes are as follows: • 1st prize of €300 / £270 for both Individual and Group projects • 2nd prize of €225 / £202 for both Individual and Group projects • 3rd prize of €150 / £135 for both Individual and Group projects In the event of a tie in any category, the prize money will be split equally. A number of Highly Commended and Display awards will also be awarded in each category by the panel of judges.

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The Awards Special awards We are pleased and proud to have such a fabulous range of Special Awards at this year’s Exhibition. Each award is industry-sponsored and details of each organisation and awards can be found on the Awards section of our website www.btyoungscientist.com This year Special Awards will be presented by our partner organisations. Special Awards recognise excellence in specific areas, examples include projects which have a focus on innovation in technology, physics, chemistry, sustainability, recycling, the environment, research or improving cancer awareness. Full details of all the Special Awards and the criteria for each can be found on our website www.btyoungscientist.com

SPECIAL AWARD PARTNERS COMREG

Irish Aid in collaboration with Self Help Africa

Ei Electonics

IMB

EMC Data Hero

Irish Patents Office

EPA

ISTA

Eli Lilly

Jack Restan Displays

Foras Na Gaeilge

Marie Keating Foundation

Google TrailBlazer

MATRIX

HEAnet

NAPD

Health Research Board

RSA

HP

RTE TV 50

IBM

Science Foundation Ireland

IEDR

UUJ - NI

IOP

IOTI


Travel Awards Student Awards

Educator of Excellence Awards

l Analog Devices Student Award This award is presented to an Individual or Group for outstanding work exhibited in the Technology category.

These awards will be presented to the teachers whose commitment and encouragement has consistently enabled their students to participate successfully in the following subject areas for the purpose of the exhibition: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Computing

The prize consists of a trophy plus an all expenses paid trip to America as the guest’s of Analog Devices, visiting San Francisco and Los Angeles. In addition, Analog Devices will donate €2,500 to the school of the winning student’s as a contribution towards its science laboratory equipment fund.

l Intel Student Award This award is presented to the best placed project, either Group or Individual, in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences category, except where the project has been selected as BT Young Scientist of the Year winner. The prize is an all expenses paid trip to the USA to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 13-18, 2012. The teacher/ mentor of the winner(s) of this award will also receive an all expenses paid trip to ISEF.

Winners of the Intel Student Awards 2011 - Jack McCann from Loreto College Coleraine and Muireasa Carroll, Denise Hurley and Mairead Kingston of Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty.

Alexander Amini Alexander a fourth year student in Castleknock College became BT Young Scientist & Technologist 2011 for his project, “Tennis sensor data analysis”. He will represent Ireland at the EU Competition for Young Scientist in Helsinki in September 2011.

l Analog Devices Educator of Excellence Award The winner receives the Analog Devices Trophy plus an all expenses paid trip to America. l Intel Educator of Excellence Award The winner will receive the Intel Trophy plus an all expenses paid trip to the USA to attend the Intel Educators’ Academy. This is run in conjunction with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair also in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 13-18, 2012.

Rory Hughes winner of the 2011 Analog Devices Student Award pictured with his dad Declan beside the Solar Eagle II solar-powered electric race car, on display at the California Science Center, Los Angeles during his trip to America as the guest of Analog Devices.

Reverend Dr Tom Burke Bursary Fr Tom was one of the co-founders of the project and sadly passed away in 2008. In memory of his contribution to the project, a €1,000 Bursary is awarded in his name to an individual participant who is deemed by the judges as the best communicator. This will be paid to a student to help them in their second/third level education. This bursary will be open to participants of all categories across all ages groups - but the winner cannot be either the overall Individual Winner or Runner Up. www.btyoungscientist.com | 7


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BT Young Scientist & Technology Judges 2012 Social and Behavioural Sciences Professor Joe Barry Mr Sydney Blain Dr Joseph Brady Dr Barry Brunt Annette Cahalane Prof Catherine Comiskey Edel Conway Ciaran Ennis

Dr Yseult Freeney Professor Ray Fuller Des Gillmor Dr Kevin Hourihan Desmond Hourihane Dr Jones Irwin Dr Margaret Keane Dr Angela Leahy

Dr Maeve Martin Lynda Mc Sweeney Walsh Dr Ciaran McCullagh Dr Elizabeth Nixon Mr Patrick O’Dwyer John O’Leay David Silke Paid McGee

Seamus McLoone Ruby Morrow Aidan Ryan Prof Des McCafferty Dr Joyce Senior

Professor Orla Feely Professor Pat Guiry Dr Graeme Horley Professor Frank Imbusch

Professor Thomas Laffey Professor Bob McCullough Dr Michael McGrath Professor Ronan McNulty

Professor Eoin O’Neill Dr Rachel Quinlan Dr Tony Scott Dr Dominic Zerulla

Professor Jim Greer Leonard Hobbs Bill Hunt Aaron McCormack Dr Diarmuid O’Brien

Tom O’Dwyer Brian O’Mara Dr Mary Shire

Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Professor Tom Brazil Professor Stephen Connon Professor Seán Corish Professor Padraig Dunne

Technology Mr Colm Buckley Dr Mike Byrne Dr Sarah Jane Delany John Dunnion Dr Carol Gibbons

Biological and Ecological Sciences Dr Maura Grealy Prof Michael Doherty Dr Billy Fitzgerald Hubert Fuller Dr Eileen Gibney Professor Jervis Good

Professor Marie Guidon Dr Tom Harrington Prof Michael Hennerty Professor Des Higgins Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn Prof Deirdre McGrath

Dr Declan Murray Prof John O’Halloran Dr Padraig O’Kiely Prof Bruce Osborne Prof Donal O’Shea Dr Brid Quilty

Dr Julian Reynolds Dr Dagmar Stengel Dr Dermot Walls

BT Chairperson Maureen Walkingshaw

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Quick search - Project Category Social and Behavioural Sciences

1100 - 1618

Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences

2100 - 2616

Technology

3100 - 3608

Biological and Ecological Sciences

4100 - 4621

Quick search - School Name County

Antrim

Armagh

Carlow

Cavan

Clare

School Name

Stand Number

Ballyclare High School

2523 4426

Grosvenor Gs

3206

Methodist College

4405

Rathmore Gs

4415

St Killian’s College

School Name

Stand Number

Carrigaline Community School

1552 3303

Christ King Girls Sec. School

1563 1567 1597 3531

4604

Clonakilty Community College

2502 3505 4504 4517 4610

Wellington College

1576 4409 4420 4518

Coláiste an Chraoibhin

1532 2518

St Patrick’s High School

3524

Coláiste Choilm

Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach

1617

St Mary’s Academy CBS

4555

1501 1506 1519 1616 2506 3103 3510 3519 4408 4503 4506 4516 4535

St. Leo’s College

1542 3504

Coláiste Cholmáin

1508 4302 4305

Breifne College

2200 2500

Loreto College - Cavan

1544

Coláiste Muire Crosshaven

1214 1436 1591 1603 2520 3202 4425

St Clare’s College

1568

Coláiste Pobal Bheanntrai

2106 3412

Ennis Community College

1609

Colaiste Treasa

4542

Kilrush Community School

1204

Douglas Community School

2604 3300 4402 4411 4602

Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna

1107 1200 1208 1608 4105 4205 4217 4416

Gaelcholáiste Mhuire

1587

Kinsale Community School

Meánscoil Na Mbráithre

1411 2205 2610

Scariff Community College

2100

1100 1408 1521 3402 4423

Loreto Secondary School

1579 4539

Scoil Mhuire

4554

Millstreet Community School

1530 1537 1550 1601

St John Bosco Community 1440 College

Cork

County

Cork (continued)

1103 1415 2103 4102

1202 1434 2503 4413

1301 1511 3100 4421

Mount Mercy College

3514

St. Joseph’s Secondary School

1572

Mount St Michael

1536 1546 3204 3520 4614

Ardscoil Uí Urmoltaigh

1543 3201

Presentation College

Ballincollig Community School

2606

1613 2608 2612 3533 3606

1524 2409 2519 4103 4534

Presentation Secondary School - Cork

1549

Bandon Grammar School

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County

School Name

Stand Number

Regina Mundi College Sacred Heart Secondary School

County

School Name

Stand Number

1566 2526

Coláiste Iosagáin

1538 1557 4211

1515 2513

Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan

1300 2300 2401 3516 4500

De La Salle College

2307

Dominican College Drumcondra

1526 1556 1569

Schull Community College 4527

Cork (continued)

Dublin

1606 2311 3509 4301

2302

St Aloysius College

2524

St Aloysius School

1401 1407

St Fanahan’s College

1428 1582 1588

Donabate Community College,

1425 1438 1577 3208

St Mary’s Secondary School - Macroom

4431

Fingal Community College

3105

St Peter’s Community School

Gaelcholáiste Reachrann

1209 1581 3527

St. Angela’s College

4543

Gonzaga College

1108 1439 2417

Youghal Community School

4567

Hartstown Community School

1212

Choláiste Cholmcille

1302 1561 2209 2415 2521 2529 2611 4206 4427 4433 4608 4557

Holy Child Secondary School

1507 4202

Coláiste Ailigh

Killinarden Community School

1101

Loreto College - Crumlin Road

1203

Loreto College - Foxrock

1433 1592 4550 4435

Loreto College - St Stephens Green

1441 2102 2215

4544

Loreto Community School 1570

Down

1512 2308 2613 3530

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Blarney

Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh Donegal

1503 2303 2414 3529

Loreto Convent Letterkenny

1595 1604

Magh Ene College

1510 1514 1520 4403 4505 4603 4612

Loreto High School

1502 2202

Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair

1403 2509 3511 4526 4556

Loreto Secondary School - Balbriggan

1575 4428 4529 4558 4611 4621

St Eunan’s College

4201

Lucan Community College 2407

Abbey Christian Brothers Gs

3414 4417

Marino College

3302

Bangor Gs

3203

Mount Anville Secondary School

1610 4214

South Eastern Regional College - Bangor Campus

2615

Mount Sackville Secondary School

2530

St Colman’s College

1554 3409 3400 3406

Newpark Comprehensive School

2105 4617

St Louis GS Ardgillan Community College

4406

Notre Dame Des Missions

4547

Rathdown School

1541 1602 2411 2517

Balbriggan Community College

1426 1429

Rockbrook Park School

2306 3207

Belvedere College

3108 3403

Saint Dominic’s Secondary School

3101

Blackrock College

1402 1611

Scoil Phobail Chuil Mhin

1211

Castleknock College

3525 4213 1562

Skerries Community College

1500 2201 2501 4200

Clonkeen College Coláiste Chilliain

1535 1545 1548 4523

St Andrew’s College

2416 4303 4414

Coláiste Eoin

1206 1598 3209

St Colmcille’s Community School

1405 1413 1422 2104 3107 4410

Dublin (continued)

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County

School Name

Stand Number

St Conleth’s College St Joseph’s C.B.S. St Joseph’s College Lucan

4509

St Laurence College

2305

St Louis High School

1412

St Mac Dara’s Community College

3605 4609

County

School Name

Stand Number

3602 4424

Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine

3413

3110

Presentation Secondary School - Milltown

4216

Presentation Secondary School - Tralee

1205

Ard Scoil Na Tríonóide

1612 4304

Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin

3109

Coláiste Lorcáin

2516

Kildare Town Community School

1578 2527 3526 4620

Maynooth Post Primary School

2310 3301

Kerry (continued)

St Marys College - C.S.Sp. 3518

Dublin (continued)

St Mary’s Secondary School

2605

St Michaels College

3534 3305

St Raphaela’s Secondary School

1207

Newbridge College

1529 4212

Piper’s Hill College

4109

St. David’s C.B.S.

1593 2309 4618 3111

Salesian College Celbridge

1504 3506 4501

St Wolstan’s Community School

1528 1600 3508 4514

Coláiste Pobal Osraí Kilkenny

1421 1435 1559 1599

Kilkenny College

3601

Community School

4104

Ballinamore Post Primary Schools

2208 4524

Mohill Community College

1618 4607

Ardscoil Ris

2511 4533

Castletroy College

1106 1418

Coláiste Chiaráin

1400 2101 3408

Colaiste Mhuire Askeaton

4507

Desmond College Limerick

1527 2600 3102 3401 3410 3501 3513 3535 3600 4412 4502 4601 4605

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

1410 2203 2207 2403 3404

Hazelwood College

1424 4522

Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ

1551

St Mary’s College

2206 2212 2400 2505 2515 4100 4404

Lanesboro Community College

1104

St. Mel’s College

1585

Kildare

St. Kilian’s German School 1437

Galway

Sutton Park School

3603 4401

Synge Street CBS

2603

Tallaght Community School

1303 2607

The High School - Dublin

4210

The Kings Hospital

2504

The Teresian School Donnybrook

2406 4400

Wesley College Ballinteer

2211

Willow Park School

1417 4106

Coláiste Éinde

2514

Coláiste Mhuire

1594

Colaiste Sheosaimh

2616 3210 4563

Dominican College Galway

4541

Presentation College

4208

Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin

1555 4536 4540 4545

Seamount College

1565

St Joseph’s College Galway

2301

St. Jarlath’s College

4422

Causeway Comprehensive 2531 4616 School Coláiste Íde

2410

Coláiste na Sceilge

1539 1558 3304 4209 4562

Comprehensive School Tarbert

2614

Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí

3503 3536

Mercy Secondary School

1614

Kerry

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Kilkenny Laois Leitrim

Limerick

Londonderry

Longford


County

Louth

Mayo

Meath

School Name

Stand Number

County

School Name

Stand Number

Bush Post Primary School

1533

Coláiste Rís

3608

Sligo

Jesus & Mary Secondary School

1553 3521 4306 4432 4538

De La Salle College

1423 1560 2210 2508 3500 4546

Ursuline College

2602 3604

Drogheda Grammar School

1420

Borrisokane Community College

1573

C.B.S. Thurles

3405 3415

Our Ladys College Drogheda

1109 1213 1586 2107 4564

Cistercian College

1580 4615

Loreto Secondary School

Sacred Heart Secondary School - Drogheda

1210 2214

1615

Presentation Secondary School - Thurles

1201 1216 1516 1571 2522 3522 4204 4511 4521 4537 4600

St Vincent’s Secondary School

1105 1431 2412 2525 2532 4215 4429 4434 4561

Ursuline Secondary School - Thurles

1518 4569

Colaiste Chomain

2304 2405 2510

Davitt College

1574 4528

Christian Brothers’ Gs

1419

Integrated College Dungannon

Rice College

4551

3104

St Joseph’s Secondary School

1584 1596 4107

Loreto GS - Omagh

2528 4560

St Muredachs College

4619

Blackwater Community School

1540 3512 3532 4510 4512 4520 4525 4531

St. Gerald’s College

3607

De La Salle College

1522 3205

Athboy Community School

1430

Athlone Community College

3407 4553

Boyne Community School

1509 3507

Marist College - Athlone

2408

Coláiste na Hinse

1432

Eureka Secondary School

1215

Our Lady’s Bower Athlone

1505 2204 2402 3411 4101 4108 4203 4508

Franciscan College

4530

F.C.J.Secondary School

2216

Loreto Secondary School - Navan

1583 1589

Meanscoil Gharman

4565 4300

O’Carolan College

1590

Presentation Secondary School

Ratoath College

1102

1409 2512 3502 3517

St Oliver Post Primary

1427

Avondale Community College

St Patrick’s Classical School

3416

Coláiste Bhríde

1513 4418

Coláiste Chill Mhantain

1547

Ballybay Community College

4606

Dominican College Wicklow

Coláiste Oiriall

1406 1416 1525 1605 4515

1404 1414 1607 2404 2413 2418 2507 2609 4407

East Glendalough School

4419 2601 3106

Monaghan

Roscommon

Tipperary

Tyrone

Waterford

Westmeath

Wexford

Wicklow

Our Lady’s Secondary School - Monaghan

4207

Scoil Chonglais St Gerard’s

1534 1564 4568

St. Macartan’s College

4549 3515 4532

St Kevin’s Community College

3528 4430

Community School Roscommon Vocational School

4548

Scoil Muire gan Smál Roscommon

1517 1523 1531 3200 4513 4519 4552 4559 4566

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Social & Behavioural Sciences JUNIOR - INDIVIDUAL Stand No: 1100 Title: A statistical analysis of attitudes and awareness of safety and risks associated with routine alcohol consumption in Ireland Overview: My project aims to find out what people know about the risks of alcohol consumption and are they aware of professional guidelines regarding safe levels. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Émer Hickey Stand No: 1101 Title: How accessible are the 11 secondary schools in Tallaght for students in wheelchairs? Overview: There are 11 secondary and community schools in Tallaght catering for over 5000 students. I want to find out which ones are wheelchair accessible. School: Killinarden Community School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Helen Concannon Student(s): Nikita Rowley Stand No: 1102 Title: What influences a young persons political opinions Overview: In order to discover how young peoples political opinions are formed, I will cross-reference the results of an online survey with opinions of political experts. School: Ratoath College County: Meath Teacher: Ms Amanda McNally Student(s): Mark Caffrey Stand No: 1103 Title: A statistical analysis of public awareness of the implications of dietary choices on future health Overview: There is growing concern on the impact of diet on health and society. In my project, I aim to investigate the awareness among the general public of the impact their dietary choices have on future health.I hope to influence government policy on implementing national programmes aimed at improving public awareness on this issue. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Sophie Healy-Thow Stand No: 1104 Title: The benefits of regular reading... being a bookworm isn’t a bad thing! Overview: My project will investigate if our reading program will benefit a persons reading age. I will also examine the effect gender has on reading outcomes. School: Lanesboro Community College

County: Longford Teacher: Mr Michael Lyons Student(s): Mark Lyons Stand No: 1105 Title: Lipid oxidation analysis of salt substitutes in beef burgers Overview: To invstigate the effect of flaxseed, as a salt replacement, on lipid oxidation in beef burgers. Sensory, cook - loss and texture will also be carried out. School: St Vincent’s Secondary School County: Louth Teacher: Ms Ruth McArdle Student(s): Aoife Tonna-Barthet Stand No: 1106 Title: A pilot study into the effect age has on selective attention in children aged four to eighteen years Overview: The aim of this project is to gain an understanding of the development of selective attention in children aged four to eighteen. School: Castletroy College County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Linda Hannon Student(s): Grainne O’Mahoney Stand No: 1107 Title: Should the Junior Certificate be changed: Young peoples perspective Overview: I want to see what young people think about the present Junior Cert assessment and what changes they think should be made to it. School: Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna County: Clare Teacher: Mr John Sims Student(s): Deirdre O’Connell Stand No: 1108 Title: How colour can affect your mood Overview: I will set up a booth and will send people in to spend virtual money while subjected to different sounds and colours and then complete a form. School: Gonzaga College County: Dublin Teacher: Mr. Joe Ó Briain Student(s): Jack Doherty Stand No: 1109 Title: Do people pre-judge you based on your name? Overview: This is an investigation into whether a person can in fact be defined by specific characteristics of their name. School: Our Ladys College - Drogheda County: Louth Teacher: Miss Frances O’Regan Student(s): Mary Hand

Intermediate - Individual Stand No: 1200 Title: Do voting patterns change during an economic downturn? Overview: I am examining the voting patterns in Galway West and Clare to

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see if they are affected by an economic downturn. School: Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna County: Clare Teacher: Mr John Sims Student(s): David Sims Stand No: 1201 Title: Nature Versus Nurture: Which determines physical attraction in teenagers today? Overview: To investigate what teenagers today consider physically attractive and determine whether it correlates with socially constructed ideals or the evolutionary theory of physical attractiveness. School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Patricia Stapleton Student(s): Megan Dunne Stand No: 1202 Title: Adolescents attitude and knowledge of feminism in modern society Overview: My aim is to carry out a survey on adolescents to investigate what they know about feminism and their attitude towards it. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Eimear O’Donovan Stand No: 1203 Title: Essential oils; body and mind? Overview: To investigate the effect different essential oils have on education in the classroom. The effects on teachers and students will be recorded and assessed via surveys. School: Loreto College - Crumlin Road County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Carol Higgins Student(s): Ciana Brady Stand No: 1204 Title: The silent killer, carbon monoxide: How aware are we? Overview: My project aims to find out what level of awareness there is among people in my area on the sources and dangers of the silent killer carbon monoxide. As a result of my findings I will make recommendations to help raise the awareness because it is a serious and important health and safety issue. School: Kilrush Community School County: Clare Teacher: Ms Margaret Pepper Student(s): Dearbhla Edwards-Murphy Stand No: 1205 Title: Are you being poisoned by radon gas in your sleep? Overview: To establish why householders do not take the necessary steps to protect their health from poisonous radon gas.

School: Presentation Secondary School - Tralee County: Kerry Teacher: Ms Kay O’Mahoney Student(s): Shelley Ní Eiohin Stand No: 1206 Title: “GAERLA” language transfer and interference: A study of bilingual teenagers Overview: An observational study of bilingual teenagers in an Irish speaking school to study the language transfer and interference of English on the Irish they speak. School: Coláiste Eoin County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Cionnaith Ó Dubhthaigh Student(s): Eoghan O Naoire Stand No: 1207 Title: The effects of vocal versus instrumental music on concentration levels Overview: My project investigates the effects of vocal and instrumental music on concentration levels, questioning the common theory that “Vocal music hinders concentration”. With interesting results! School: St Raphaela’s Secondary School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Claire Shine Student(s): Sarah Ashcroft-Jones Stand No: 1208 Title: The mapping of defibrillators in Co. Clare Overview: I want to map the defibrillators in Co. Clare and produce a website with their location and access details. School: Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna County: Clare Teacher: Mr John Sims Student(s): Katie Connole Stand No: 1209 Title: Déagóirí agus polaitiocht Overview: Ag deanamh staidéar ar na smaointe atá ag deagóirí faoin pholaitíocht agus conas a athraíonn siad le haois. School: Gaelcholáiste Reachrann County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Cian O Suilleabhain Student(s): Clodagh Ní Mhuirí Stand No: 1210 Title: I dreamed a dream Overview: Influencing and manipulating dreams by exercising lucid dreaming and keeping dream journals. Self-hypnosis and effects of stress in our dreams by analysing dream patterns. School: Sacred Heart Secondary School - Drogheda County: Louth Teacher: Ms Deirdre Lynch Student(s): Aoife Harmon


Stand No: 1211 Title: To study the level of participation in religiuos activities of students in second level education Overview: This project aims to investigate how involved strudents are in religious activities. I will use a survey to investigate this. School: Scoil Phobail Chuil Mhin County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Rosie O’Connor Student(s): Elizabeth Hannigan Stand No: 1212 Title: Project Maths: Is it worth it? Overview: This research examines the effect of project maths on students and teachers, and the attitude towards the maths class and on student performance. School: Hartstown Community School County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Jeremy Kerr Student(s): Aisling Lawson Stand No: 1213 Title: To investigate the effects of exercise on mental performance Overview: To investigate the effects of exercise on mental performance when tests are carried out before and after moderate intensity exercise. School: Our Ladys College - Drogheda County: Louth Teacher: Ms Judy Conroy Student(s): Aisling Molloy Stand No: 1214 Title: Can you prepare for the HPAT exam? Overview: This is a quantitative study using thirty participants to determine the impact of practicing the HPAT exam papers. School: Coláiste Muire - Crosshaven County: Cork Teacher: Ms Mary O’Dowd Student(s): Jessica Donohoe Stand No: 1215 Title: Measuring stress and mental health in Leaving Certificate students Overview: This project will measure stress and mental health in Leaving Certificate students by using three validated scales. School: Eureka Secondary School County: Meath Teacher: Ms Mary Mullaghy Student(s): Lydia Igoe Stand No: 1216 Title: Children of immigrants: What does the future hold? Overview: I am going to investigate the attitudes of teenagers towards their parents decision to emigrate to Ireland. And also to investigate their progress and expectations. School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary

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SENIOR - Individual Stand No: 1300 Title: A bio-statistical analysis of the incidence of c-sections in Irish maternity hospitals Overview: Ireland has one of the highest levels of c-sections in the world, and we want to see is there any particular reason why? School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Jacqueline Farrell Student(s): Stephen Conroy Stand No: 1301 Title: A statistical analysis of people attitudes towards disabilities Including those with Down Syndrome, learning disabilities & wheelchair users Overview: My project aims to find out what people know about different physical and mental disabilities and to help improve awareness. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Lucy O’Donovan Stand No: 1302 Title: How to make a million-dollar movie: Finding a formula for film success Overview: I am analysing the most successful films of 2001-2011, with the aim of finding a pattern and deriving a formula which indicates film success. School: Choláiste Cholmcille County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Caitriona O’Donnell Student(s): Áine Kavanagh Stand No: 1303 Title: To promote a positive attitude toward and raise awareness of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease Overview: To raise awareness and promote a positive attitude for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and to investigate the attitudes of teenagers towards the disease. School: Tallaght Community School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Mairead Glynn Student(s): Holly Tyrrell

JUNIOR - GROUP Stand No: 1400 Title: Does the Mozart effect work? Overview: Our project aims to discover what affect music has on the memory and whether certain types of music can enhance or inhibit the memory. School: Coláiste Chiaráin County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Edel Farrell Student(s): Adam Burke Aoife Lannon

Stand No: 1401 Title: Music & Learning: Can your heart rate be a factor? Overview: Recording a person’s heartbeat and creating a musical track of which the tempo matches the heartbeat to enhance learning. School: St Aloysius School County: Cork Teacher: Mrs Sarah O’Donovan Student(s): Cáit McKeown Clare McKernan Angela Johnson Stand No: 1402 Title: Betrayal of Irish soccer Overview: In our project we are planning to find out why the majority Irish people don’t support of Irish soccer teams. School: Blackrock College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Sarah Fraser Student(s): Declan O’Sullivan Brendan Keenan Stand No: 1403 Title: Fiosru ar an athraionn eagla le aois Overview: The goal of this project is to measure whether common fears change with age and how. We will be using computer spreadsheets for analysing results and surveys. School: Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair County: Donegal Teacher: Miss Leanna Ní Bhaoill Student(s): Aoifa Ni Earcain Eimhear Ni Comhaill Eibhlín Ni Gheimhridh Stand No: 1404 Title: Twins: Do they share the same powers of estimation? Overview: We investigate whether or not twins have the same powers of estimation as each other. School: Dominican College - Wicklow County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr John O’Brien Student(s): Georgia Dellow Anna Dellow Saoirse C. Rawson Stand No: 1405 Title: Narcolepsy: The sleepy student Overview: Our project is to raise awareness about Narcolepsy in schools and to make students and teachers more aware of Narcolepsy for future reference. School: St Colmcille’s Community School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Leila Martin Student(s): Orla Kelly-Murtagh Alexandria Fagan

School: Coláiste Oiriall County: Monaghan Teacher: Ms Blaithin Mc Mahon Student(s): Charlotte Nic Giolla Chomhaill Aisling Ní Fhearghais Stand No: 1407 Title: Attitudes to generic versus marketed pharmaceutical brands Overview: We want to look at attitudes to generic versus marketed brands of pharmaceuticals and also to test if branded versions are more effective. School: St Aloysius School County: Cork Teacher: Mrs Sarah O’Donovan Student(s): Taman Kaur Amber Harrington Stand No: 1408 Title: A statistical study of Irish peoples attitudes regarding the wearing of high visibility clothing Overview: We hope to discover people’s attitude regarding the wearing of high visibility clothing and their knowledge of the benefits of wearing some. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Alannah Humphreys Ciara Manning Stand No: 1409 Title: So you think your safe on facebook? Overview: Our project looks at teenagers and their awareness of safety settings on facebook. We will survey different ages and genders about parental guidance on facebook. School: Avondale Community College County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Aoife Sullivan Student(s): Naimh Stacey Aine Doyle Chelsie Kenna Stand No: 1410 Title: Iltascáil Overview: Taimíd ag deanamh tionscanamh foai iltascáil idir caillíní agus buachaillí. Ba mhaith linn é a dhéanamh le daltaí le aoiseanna difriúla le scrudaithe beaga. School: Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Angela Healy Student(s): Sinead Toomey Ava Barrett Katy Fitzgerald

Stand No: 1406 Title: MS: Cad é agus cad is féidir leat deanamh chun cabhair? Overview: Táimid ag iarraidh faigh amach cén eolas a bhfuil ag daoine faoi MS. Táimid chun an eolas ceart a thabhairt dóibh.

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Social & Behavioural Sciences Stand No: 1411 Title: How much sugar are teenagers really consuming? Overview: We are going to carry out a survey to see how much sugar teenagers are consuming. We want to make aware the risks of becoming diabetic. School: Meánscoil Na Mbráithre County: Clare Teacher: Mrs Mary Lyons Student(s): Ross O’ Doherty James O’Connor Damien O Loughlin Stand No: 1412 Title: eBooks versus textbooks Overview: Our project involves comparing the use of eBooks with traditional textbooks. We will weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of both. School: St Louis High School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Mairead O Brien Student(s): Ciara Aisling Geraghty Mallaidh Valentina Hyndman Claudia Alonso Stand No: 1413 Title: Eyewitnesses: Reliable or not? Overview: Our project is based on finding out how reliable eye witness reports are. School: St Colmcille’s Community School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Leila Martin Student(s): Adam Douglas Christian Mullen Robert Leddy Stand No: 1414 Title: Does school student’s ability to do simple maths decrease as they get older? Overview: We will investigate whether or not school student’s ability to do simple maths decreases as they get older. School: Dominican College - Wicklow County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr John O’Brien Student(s): Megan McConnell Jade O’Neill Stand No: 1415 Title: A statistical analysis of people’s attitudes and awareness towards seatbelts and headrests, and the role they play in road safety Overview: Our project aims to find out how many people actually wear their seatbelts in a moving vehicle and if they adjust their headrests regularly. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Luke Henderson Paul O’ Donavan Aine Brett Stand No: 1416 Title: An bhfuil fadhbanna teanga ag daoine a d’fhreastail ar Meanscoil Lán Gaeilge nuair a théann said chuig an Ollscoil?

Overview: Tá muid ag iarraidh faigh amach an bhfuil fadhbanna ag daltaí a d’fhreastal ar scoil lán-Ghaeilge nuair a théann siad go dtí an Ollscoil. School: Coláiste Oiriall County: Monaghan Teacher: Ms Blaithin Mc Mahon Student(s): Nicole Nic An Fhailí Lauren Nic Giolla Rua Brianán Ní Bhuachalla Stand No: 1417 Title: Classical music: Teen’s attitudes Overview: We plan to find out young teenagers attitudes to classical music using a survey. We want to know what other people think about classical music. School: Willow Park School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Aoife Culhane Student(s): Mark Heavey John Heavey Stand No: 1418 Title: How advertisements on social networking sites influence us Overview: An investigation to understand the effects that advertisements on social networking sites have on our society, as they relate to our peers rather than celebrities. School: Castletroy College County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Linda Hannon Student(s): Orla Keaveney Luka Wall Stand No: 1419 Title: Gender effect on olfactory fatigue Overview: Does the gender of a person affect the time it takes for a smell to wear off or weaken? This is called olfactory fatigue. School: Christian Brothers’ Gs County: Tyrone Teacher: Miss Deirdre Mc Carron Student(s): Mark Bradley Seán Bradley Stand No: 1420 Title: Epilepsy in mind Overview: A study carried out by means of survey about attitudes and knowledge towards epilepsy. The study will be administered to a sample of secondary level students. School: Drogheda Grammar School County: Louth Teacher: Mr Ronald Hancock Student(s): Sadbh deButleir Kearney Stand No: 1421 Title: Inniúcadh ar eiticí i measc priosiúnaithe agus an gnáth pobail agus tomhas ar éifeacht athshlánúcháin sa phriosúin Overview: Hypothesis1:difríocht idir an chompáis morálta de dhaonra an phríosúin ón bpobal ginearálta Hypothesis2:a dtuairisceáin compás morálta le linn gnáth incarceration/ athshlánú Diúltaithe-hipitéis thar a bheith suimiúil.

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School: Coláiste Pobal Osraí - Kilkenny County: Kilkenny Teacher: Dr. Lughaidh Ó Néill Student(s): Caoilfhionn Ní Argáin Jilly Ní Dhonnabháinn Aisling Ní Bhroin Stand No: 1422 Title: Do what your told! Overview: To investigate the effect of gender and age on obedience and maturity, also to investigate what age do teenagers mature at. School: St Colmcille’s Community School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Leila Martin Student(s): Alyson Kelly-Byrne Caoimhe Doyle Stand No: 1423 Title: To investigate the effect of an interactive study tool on test results of a 13-14 year old Overview: We will investigate whether an internet application, using the “Spaced Effect” can increase the test scores of 13-14 year olds. School: De La Salle College County: Louth Teacher: Ms Cara Mc Adam Student(s): Michael Mullen Jack Watters Stand No: 1424 Title: An exploratory study on the activity levels of students in comparison to adults in both sedentary and manual professions in County Limerick Overview: To find out and evaluate the activity levels of various individuals and raise awareness to how active people should be. School: Hazelwood College County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Michelle Herbert Student(s): Tara Fitzgibbon Seamus Flanagan Stand No: 1425 Title: To determine if placing maths after physical activity in the school day would have beneficial effects on performance Overview: The purpose of the project is to determine whether concentration and memory are increased after physical exercise using maths performance as a measurement. School: Donabate Community College, County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Peter Cummins Student(s): Katie Fleming Maria Carr Stand No: 1426 Title: How you grip a pen dictates your grip on life Overview: Over 7000 people a year die due to poor handwriting. We compiled pen grip data and compared to handwriting performance and hence measured other aspects. School: Balbriggan Community College County: Dublin

Teacher: Mr Tom O’Donoghue Student(s): Dammy Olaniyi Paulina Sobierajska Pelumi Daramola Stand No: 1427 Title: Does a nervous rider make a nervous horse? Overview: We are studying how a horse is able to sense a riders nerves and if this makes the horse nervous. School: St Oliver Post Primary County: Meath Teacher: Ms Caroline Austin Student(s): Caoimhe Reilly Shannon Conroy Aine Fitzpatrick Stand No: 1428 Title: Rethinking waste Overview: Our project aims to find out the total waste arising and also the character (recyclable, food, landfill) from the various areas of our school. School: St Fanahan’s College County: Cork Teacher: Dr. Tim Butler Student(s): James Hackett Miriam Coughlan Mai Kennedy Stand No: 1429 Title: Does gender affect colour preference Overview: We would like to find out if gender affects what type of colours you like e.g boys prefer dark colours and girls prefer light colours School: Balbriggan Community College County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Curran Student(s): Deola Shomoye Hazel Mc Aleer Nikkie-Sewa Adedokun Stand No: 1430 Title: Imitation: Trying to suppress instinct Overview: Our project is about mimicry. We plan to use the game rock, paper, scissors to test people’s instincts to mimic each other. School: Athboy Community School County: Meath Teacher: Ms Loise Byrne Student(s): Riley Edey Emily O Neill Stand No: 1431 Title: What is the value of Dundalk’s age friendly community initiatives? Overview: Assessing the impact of age friendly community initiatives on the quality of life for older people in Dundalk. School: St Vincent’s Secondary School County: Louth Teacher: Ms Laura McGrory Student(s): Ciara Rafferty Emily O’Relly


Stand No: 1432 Title: How to make your study time more effective Overview: We intend to find out what the most effective and efficient method is for memory retention and recall. School: Coláiste na Hinse County: Meath Teacher: Ms Niamh Keogh Student(s): Eoin Moorhouse Oisín Moloney

Stand No: 1437 Title: Are you dreaming? Overview: We are planning to test a possible placebo effect causing nightmares and take a look at some of the unexplored sciences of dreaming. School: St. Kilian’s German School County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Nigel Macmillan Student(s): Comhall Fanning Kris MacAuley

Stand No: 1433 Title: An analysis of iPad usage in our schools Overview: Our project aims to investigate the advantages and disadvantages associated with the replacement of text books with the apple iPad in schools. School: Loreto College - Foxrock County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Helen Hennessy Student(s): Eimear Murphy Lydia Synnott

Stand No: 1438 Title: The interactive video game versus the school project Overview: We are giving tests out to students around the school to see which does better playing fifa or reading a book. School: Donabate Community College, County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Thomas English Student(s): Greg Bawer Ben Morris

Stand No: 1434 Title: A statistical analysis on the influence of media on the decisions of young people in Cork today Overview: We were interested in how media affects young people in Cork today. We will hand out a survey to young people and evaluate the results. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Lara Butler Aoife Mc Carthy Chloe Condren

Stand No: 1439 Title: To investigate how font type, colour and size can affect and aid memory Overview: Our aim is to discover which font type, colour and size will help people to better remember particular words, phrases and gender within the text. School: Gonzaga College County: Dublin Teacher: Mr. Joe Ó Briain Student(s): Conor Farrell Philip Johnston Mark Doody

Stand No: 1435 Title: Cé mhéid Co2 a chruthíonn le iompú glasraí? Overview: Tá suim againn i téimhdamhnda a laghdú. Ba mhaith linn iniúcadh an t-éifeacht a bhéadh le “carbon-labelling” ar iompar tomhaltóirí agus laghdú eisiú gáis díomhálach. School: Coláiste Pobal Osraí - Kilkenny County: Kilkenny Teacher: Dr. Lughaidh Ó Néill Student(s): Tiernan Shaw Aoibheann Ní Chonchubhair Ruairi Heddon

Stand No: 1440 Title: The dark side of social media and privacy Overview: The project will investigate awareness and perceptions of social networking and if people are aware how much information they are unknowingly disclosing via social networks. School: St John Bosco Community College County: Clare Teacher: Mr Leo O Donoghue Student(s): Lisa Maher Alison Garry

Stand No: 1436 Title: Antibiotic resistance: Don’t give those bugs any more drugs Overview: A project to find out teenagers knowledge and understanding of antibiotic resistance using questionnaires taken before and after European Antibiotic Awareness Day in November. School: Coláiste Muire - Crosshaven County: Cork Teacher: Ms Anne Cronin Student(s): Maille Cronin Eva O’Callaghan

Stand No: 1441 Title: What do you look for in a friend?: A study of how friendship values change over time Overview: Our project investigates how friendship values change over our school years. We think this would be useful to teenagers to understand that friendships change. School: Loreto College - St Stephens Green County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Yseult Whitaker Student(s): Alex Griffen Kate Danaher

INTERMEDIATE - GROUP Stand No: 1500 Title: The effects of music on athletic performance Overview: In our project we want to investigate whether music has any affect on athletic performance, by testing blood pressure, recovery heart rate and oxygen saturation. School: Skerries Community College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Katie Corbett Student(s): Claire O’Brien Caragh O’ Hanlon Stand No: 1501 Title: “Ban the books!”: Are iPads the way forward for Irish schools? Overview: We want to determine if replacing schoolbooks with iPads benefits student learning and whether iPads will replace schoolbooks in the future. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Mr Hugh O’Callaghan Student(s): Seamus Monahan Thomas Coffee Stand No: 1502 Title: Transport survey Overview: For our project we surveyed ten people to find out their most frequent transport mode and to see if they are aware of their carbon footprint. School: Loreto High School County: Dublin Teacher: Mrs Susan keady Student(s): Emma Greally Susanna Coleman Stand No: 1503 Title: Suicide awareness among 13-21 year olds Overview: We want to investigate the awareness that 13-21 year olds have about the issue of suicide. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Jack Clancy Eoghan O’Neill Stand No: 1504 Title: Dress to impress! Overview: My project is aimed at discovering whether or not appearence can influence whether or not someone does what you ask. School: Salesian College - Celbridge County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Anna Marie Shinnick Student(s): Niall Bracken Niall McGovern

School: Our Lady’s Bower - Athlone County: Westmeath Teacher: Mrs Ethna Benson Student(s): Lauren O’Sullivan Deon Keighery Katie McClean Stand No: 1506 Title: Biophilia bearing on academic performance Overview: We plan to study the correlation between the degree of biophilia in young people with their academic ability. The result will be compared with other ages. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Mr Hugh O’Callaghan Student(s): Lorraine O’Connell Kate Sexton Robert O’ Dwyer Stand No: 1507 Title: Re-investigating the Asch conformity experiment Overview: We hope to re-investigate the Asch conformity experiment of 1951 using simple questions to see if modern Irish people conform to society or not. School: Holy Child Secondary School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Regina Greehy Student(s): Rhiannon Pattison Bethan Martin Stand No: 1508 Title: Evolutions gifts Overview: This is a study of how evolution affected us and what we have gained and lost from it. School: Coláiste Cholmáin County: Cork Teacher: Mrs Teresa Kearney Student(s): Luke Coffey Eoin Walsh Kian Buckley Stand No: 1509 Title: Investigation into power balance technology Overview: The aim of this investigation is to research the new power balance bands and see if they enhance your sporting performance, stamina and durability. School: Boyne Community School County: Meath Teacher: Miss Colleen Callan Student(s): Sean Newman Michael McEoin Tiarnan Bird

Stand No: 1505 Title: Tattoos and body piercings Overview: Why people get tattoos/ piercings. Whether there is a noticeable trend for older people to get tattoos and are people aware of the risks involved.

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Social & Behavioural Sciences Stand No: 1510 Title: An investigation into the effect of sight and sound on balance Overview: We will investigate the effect of sight and sound on balance of students in PE classes in our school using different balance tests. School: Magh Ene College County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Yvonne Higgins Student(s): Sarah McSharry Nicole Maguire Shauna McClenaghan Stand No: 1511 Title: Society’s attitude and knowledge towards eating disorders in adolescents: A statistical study Overview: In our project we aim to find out society’s attitude towards eating disorders in teens and to improve awareness. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Eoin Hurley Emily McCarthy Stand No: 1512 Title: Shop local or shop cheap Overview: We want to see is it cheaper to shop in your local small shop or in the bigger hyper markets on the outskirts of town. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Cian McMahon Kelvin Forde Jonathon Brady Stand No: 1513 Title: Is abbreviated texting having a negative impact on our English language? Overview: We are going to do up surveys to see if texting is having a negative impact on our English language. School: Coláiste Bhríde County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Miriam Rickerby Student(s): Niamh Whitty Michaela Smyth Stand No: 1514 Title: The effects of using headphones on hearing Overview: We want to find out the volume levels at which students listen to music on iPods using headphones, if this is affected by age/environmental noise. School: Magh Ene College County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Yvonne Higgins Student(s): Lorintu Kelly Jason Kelly Stand No: 1515 Title: Boots, blades and injury grades Overview: To investigate whether wearing bladed football boots makes a player more vulnerable to injury, by means of surveys and statistical analysis.

School: Sacred Heart Secondary School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Claire Holland Student(s): Rebecca McAree Deirdre Hayes Darerca O’ Sullivan Stand No: 1516 Title: Food packaging versus taste: Are we being fooled? Overview: To investigate the effect of food-packaging on consumer choice by asking consumers why they choose the expensive items and ‘blind-test’ these people using tasting-panels. School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Patricia Stapleton Student(s): Aisling O’Neill Noreen Cooke Stand No: 1517 Title: Is God still watching in 2012: Does religious priming effect students behaviour? Overview: We aim to discover whether Christian influence in schools has a positive effect on student’s behavior, in particular, honesty. School: Scoil Muire gan Smál Roscommon County: Roscommon Teacher: Mr Padraig Harlow Student(s): Ruth Browne Bronwyn Lyons Leanne Connolly Stand No: 1518 Title: Is your child left-handed? Then you might be raising a creative genius... Overview: Our project is about whether left handed secondary school students are more likely to choose music and art as subjects than right handed students. School: Ursuline Secondary School Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Anne Molomy Student(s): Claire Scott Darina Sweeney Stand No: 1519 Title: Determining the plausibility of using biorhythm charts and algebraic formulas to predict peak performance in athletes Overview: This project aims to test the plausibility of biorhythms by using intellectual and physical tests. If the experiments prove positive, we aim to design an iPhone/iPod type application. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Mrs Karina Lyne Student(s): Niamh Elliott Lydia O’ Connor Stand No: 1520 Title: The effect of music on driving Overview: We will investigate if different types of music affect someones driving behaviour using a driving test simulator

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and background music. School: Magh Ene College County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Yvonne Higgins Student(s): Conor Marshall Louise Rouse Rebekah Corrigan Stand No: 1521 Title: A statistical analysis of the impact of environmental taxes and peoples attitude to these taxes Overview: Assess the impact of previous environmental taxes and public attitudes to proposed environmental taxes in Ireland. Propose an acceptable approach to environmental taxes in Ireland. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Caoimhe Hill Faye Murphy Stand No: 1522 Title: Does Transition Year affect selfesteem? Overview: To study the affects of TY on a students self-esteem and whether it is a short or long term affect. School: De La Salle College County: Waterford Teacher: Ms Mary McDonagh Student(s): Darragh O Connor Peter Smyth Stand No: 1523 Title: What goes through the minds of teenage girls daily Overview: We are investigating what goes through the minds of teenage girls daily. School: Scoil Muire gan Smál Roscommon County: Roscommon Teacher: Mr Padraig Harlow Student(s): Chloe Kilmartin Natasha Conteh Aisling Dolan Stand No: 1524 Title: Does the media affect childrens’ perceptions of the family unit Overview: We are interested in investigating the manner in which advertisements and childrens’ television programs affect their idea of the typical family unit. School: Bandon Grammar School County: Cork Teacher: Dr Edward Gash Student(s): Holly Rowe Katelyn Crowley Cassie Smyth Stand No: 1525 Title: Cuir stop le diaibéiteas sular gCuireann sé stop leatsa! Overview: Tá ár tionscnamh bunaithe ar líon an eolais atá ag daoine maidir le diabéiteas. Tá súil againn an tinneas seo a chur i mbéal an phobail. School: Coláiste Oiriall County: Monaghan

Teacher: Ms Blaithin Mc Mahon Student(s): Breanna Nic Philib Maria Ní Fhearghais Hayley Nic Eoin Stand No: 1526 Title: Smile like you mean it Overview: Our project investigates the differences between real and fake smiles. It researches into what the scientific differences are and how you can tell the difference. School: Dominican College Drumcondra County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Catherine Corry Student(s): Gemma Seery Anna Rose O’Brien Claire Bulman Stand No: 1527 Title: Lets call it quits! Overview: This project aims to investigate the most effective method to aid people who are trying to quit smoking. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Miss Marie Corkery Student(s): Lorna Browne Sinead Nix Stand No: 1528 Title: Is the fear of spiders a learned fear or a natural fear Overview: Our aim of the project to see if arachnophobia is a learned phobia or if it is a natural phobia from within you. School: St Wolstan’s Community School County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Carmel Ribbon Student(s): Sarah Donnelly Jeanne Connolly Amy Christopher Stand No: 1529 Title: Project Maths...the maths of the future? Overview: We are investigating if primary school students are prepared for Project Maths, determining lecturers views on the new course and researching this new course. School: Newbridge College County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Anne Marie Davis Student(s): Olivia O’ Neill Brown Sarah Coller Stand No: 1530 Title: Does government legislation disable rural social patterns? Overview: We wish to investigate the negative effects that government legislation can have in rural Ireland in recent times. School: Millstreet Community School County: Cork Teacher: Miss Jennifer O’ Donoghue Student(s): Donagh Murphy Kevin Linehan Diarmuid Murphy


Stand No: 1531 Title: Are stressed teens angry teens? Overview: Take thirty subjects initial stress levels. Take ten most stressed and also ten least stressed subjects. Survey to see if stressed people are angry. School: Scoil Muire gan Smál Roscommon County: Roscommon Teacher: Mr Padraig Harlow Student(s): Emma Louise Loftus Patricia O’Connor Amy Whyte Stand No: 1532 Title: Do mind maps work? Overview: We intend to see if mind maps improve the score of a memory test. School: Coláiste an Chraoibhin County: Cork Teacher: Mr Simon Hill Student(s): Eoin Creagh James McCarthy Stand No: 1533 Title: How partition has affected young people’s social attitudes Overview: We aim to investigate the social attitudes of young people aged 15-18 who live in bordering counties by conducting surveys and data analysis. School: Bush Post Primary School County: Louth Teacher: Miss Emma McMahon Student(s): Deirdre Ruane-McAteer Emma Shields Orla Cull Stand No: 1534 Title: iTouch sound volume levels Overview: To show the damaging effects of loud music emitted from iTouch/ iPhone earphones on your eardrums. School: St Gerard’s County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Orlaith Young Student(s): Niall Kelly Allan Symes Shane Stephenson Stand No: 1535 Title: Éifeachtaí ar chodladh Overview: Ba mhaith linn fail amach céard a chuireann isteach, agus, a chabhraíonn le chodladh. Tástáilfidh muid rudaí éagsúla agus na héifeachtaí a mbaineann leo. School: Coláiste Chilliain County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Doireann de Nógla Student(s): Piaras Ó Meara Aisling Ní Lionáird Hazel Monks Stand No: 1536 Title: Criminal motivation Overview: An investigation into the factors in the life of a criminal that have encouraged, or influenced their decision to engage in criminal activity. School: Mount St Michael County: Cork Teacher: Mr Ger O’Donovan

Student(s): Kate McCranor Oilbhe O’ Callaghan Niamh O’ Dwyer Stand No: 1537 Title: No limbs no limits? Overview: To investigate the factors that contribute to the exam performance of people with both long and short term limb disabilities in Ireland. School: Millstreet Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shane Guerin Student(s): Nadine Spillane Joanne O’ Riordan Stand No: 1538 Title: Bréagchuimhní Overview: An aidhm atá leis an tionscnamh seo ná imscrúdú a dhéanamh ar ionphlandáil bréagchuimhní agus an tionchar atá acu ar chuntas finné súl. School: Coláiste Iosagáin County: Dublin Teacher: Miss Orla de Bhailís Student(s): Kate Ní Mhaonaigh Sarah Ni Mhaolmhuire Jane Nic an Tuile Stand No: 1539 Title: The effect the removal of a fulltime ambulance service can have on a rural community and the people who live there Overview: Our project aims to find out how the removal of a full time ambulance service would affect the people in our rural community. School: Coláiste na Sceilge County: Kerry Teacher: Ms Aine McCarthy Student(s): Holly Dennehy Sonia O’Donoghue Jennifer Murphy Stand No: 1540 Title: The effect of the current economic climate on the physical, mental and social life of young people in Ireland Overview: I want to find out if the current economic climate is having an affect on the students living and attending school in Ireland. School: Blackwater Community School County: Waterford Teacher: Ms Ann-Marie Lineen Student(s): Shannon O’ Brien Grainne Walsh Stand No: 1541 Title: Sound asleep: Can different types of music affect how well you sleep? Overview: We’re investigating how sleep patterns vary depending on whether we listen to music or not and the types of music using the sleep cycle app. School: Rathdown School County: Dublin Teacher: Mrs Meriel Nuzum Student(s): Ella Clifton Sophie Monks O’ Byrne Emily Cronin

Stand No: 1542 Title: Exam results with flying colours! Overview: Our investigation is to determine if the colour of exam paper influences exam performance by students. We are focusing on maths aptitude tests. School: St. Leo’s College County: Carlow Teacher: Mrs Ruth McHugh Student(s): Grainne Mc Veigh Aoife Kavanagh Stand No: 1543 Title: Concussions: A no brainer? Overview: Our project is based on the study of concussions and their short and long term effects on people who have suffered concussions. School: Ardscoil Uí Urmoltaigh County: Cork Teacher: Mr Declan Hayes Student(s): Lorcan O’ Donnell Oisin Healy David Healy Stand No: 1544 Title: Your central wealth is your mental health Overview: To help reduce stigma and discrimination against mental illness, we will design and implement a school-based programme to increase knowledge, understanding and awareness among adolescents. School: Loreto College - Cavan County: Cavan Teacher: Ms Michelle rogan Student(s): Eimear Kelly Laura Young Ciara Deering Stand No: 1545 Title: Dath na gréine Overview: Taighde dhéanamh ar na donnú gréine is fearr ar an margadh inniu. School: Coláiste Chilliain County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Ruth Ní Mhuirí Student(s): Nadine Salinger Clár Ní Mhaolmhaigh Stand No: 1546 Title: The persistence of memory Overview: We intend to investigate the benefits of incorporating mnemonic practices in the Irish education system. We will survey and test a variety of subjects. School: Mount St Michael County: Cork Teacher: Mr Ger O’Donovan Student(s): Dylan O’ Sullivan Catherine Percy Niall O’ Sullivan

will focus on visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic learners. School: Coláiste Chill Mhantain County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Mairead Lennon Student(s): Dmytro Moyseyev Nathan Fagan Jordan Petticrew Stand No: 1548 Title: Cén dath is feidir madraí a fheiceáil? Overview: Tá muid chun fháil amach cén dath is feidir madraí fheiceáil nó an feidir madraí dathanna a fheiceáil ? School: Coláiste Chilliain County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Doireann de Nógla Student(s): Daire Nic Aoidh Yasmine de Barra Edel Nic Risteaird Stand No: 1549 Title: Cramming Overview: Investigate the effects of cramming on students and also compare the results achieved after regular revision versus those achieved after last minute cramming. School: Presentation Secondary School - Cork County: Cork Teacher: Ms Gretta O’Sullivan Student(s): Sarah Shanahan Eva Wallace Elizabeth Foley Landers Stand No: 1550 Title: Improving access to roads and services during severe winter months in the Millstreet area: A spatial network analysis approach Overview: We aim to find an alternative method of keeping local roadways clear during winter conditions. We will use spatial network analysis techniques to achieve this. School: Millstreet Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shane Guerin Student(s): Shane Dineen Colm Barrett Andrew Roche Stand No: 1551 Title: Irelands Education System “Nobody does it better”: Fact or Fiction? Overview: A comparative study of Irelands education system in contrast to England and Finland’s, with perspectives from both students and teachers. School: Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ County: Limerick Teacher: Ms. Miriam Hamilton Student(s): Sarah Wallis Fiona Bolger

Stand No: 1547 Title: Distractions: Do they affect learning? Overview: We will investigate how distractions such as music and television can affect students learning. We

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Social & Behavioural Sciences Stand No: 1552 Title: What puts the power in “power balance” wrist bands? Overview: Our project aims to discover whether or not “power balance” wrist bands affect the balance of a person wearing one. School: Carrigaline Community School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Jennifer Godsell Student(s): Cormac Hickey Niamh O’Mullane Eoin O’Connor Stand No: 1553 Title: Always look on the bright side of life..... Overview: To determine how different genres of music affect the mental health of young people. School: Jesus & Mary Secondary School County: Sligo Teacher: Mr Luke Saunders Student(s): Megan Burke Aoife Mulrooney Sarah Curley Stand No: 1554 Title: The opinion and knowledge of stem cell research and application in Northern Ireland Overview: Investigating the understanding and opinion in Northern Ireland toward stem cell research and its potential application. School: St Colman’s College County: Down Teacher: Miss Pauline Chambers Student(s): Conor Fegan Daniel McCaughey Henri Aiken Stand No: 1555 Title: Aga frithghníomhúcháin Overview: Tá muid ag dul scrúdú simplí a dhéanamh chun comparáid a dhéanamh idir aga frithghníomhúcháin aois ghruagaí éagsúla. School: Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin County: Galway Teacher: Mrs Neasa Mhic Dhonncha Student(s): Seán Óg Ó Loideaín Evan Ó Flatharta Colin Ó Dómhnaill Stand No: 1556 Title: Are women from Venus and men from Mars? Overview: We are looking to find are women and men really that different? Do their brains perform tasks in different ways? If so, why? School: Dominican College Drumcondra County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Karen Ward Student(s): Ciara Flanagan Claire Seery Stand No: 1557 Title: An bhfuil scanradh ort? Staidéar a dhéanamh ar an eagla

Overview: Staidéar ar na heaglaí is coitianta atá ag daoine agus cén áit ar tháinig siad as. School: Coláiste Iosagáin County: Dublin Teacher: Miss Orla de Bhailís Student(s): Daire Ní Ainchín Aisling Selvaggio Emer Ní Ainchín Stand No: 1558 Title: To discover if an area or lifestyle is linked to mental health illnesses Overview: Our main aim in doing this project is to try and find a link between mental illness and ones lifestyle/area. School: Coláiste na Sceilge County: Kerry Teacher: Ms Aine McCarthy Student(s): Eilis Moriarty Cassandra Murphy Barbara O’Connell Stand No: 1559 Title: An bearna idir dearcadh daoine agus an fhírinne i leith gníomhaíocht ghnéasach idir déagóirí Overview: Inniúcadh ar gníomhaíocht ghnéasach agus an bearna idir dearcadh daoine agus an fhírinne. Déanfar anailís freisin ar cad is cúis leis an mbearna seo. School: Coláiste Pobal Osraí - Kilkenny County: Kilkenny Teacher: Dr. Lughaidh Ó Néill Student(s): Chelsea de Paor Amy Dewberry Aisling NicCraith Stand No: 1560 Title: LOL Overview: We purpose to conduct a survey on whether or not adults understand “text talk “ as it has become such a staple in modern culture. School: De La Salle College County: Louth Teacher: Ms Cara Mc Adam Student(s): Barra McCarthy Aidan Mc Donnell Ronan Shields Stand No: 1561 Title: Child-resistant: What does that really mean? Overview: The objective of the project is to test the effectiveness of childresistant containers and to investigate if the mechanism can be easily figured out. School: Choláiste Cholmcille County: Donegal Teacher: Mrs Tina O’Grady Student(s): Annie Gallagher Claire Grennan Bríd Roberts Stand No: 1562 Title: To show whether a student feels activities outside of school effects their own academic success Overview: We want to see if students feel that activities outside of school impinge on their academic achievement,

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and compare the results with our research. School: Clonkeen College County: Dublin Teacher: Miss Maire Duffy Student(s): Daniel Whitehouse Tim Charles Stand No: 1563 Title: How does drink affect the behaviour and health of young people Overview: My project is based on surveys on young people drinking more than in previous years and why people have resorted to alcohol abuse. School: Christ King Girls Sec. School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Denise Quilter Student(s): Aisling Howard Niamh Bruton Stand No: 1564 Title: Biased brains Overview: Our projects aim is to analyse the difference between own-brands and brands based on price, nutritional value and quality. We will also use blindtesting as a method to discover if people are biased to own brands. School: St Gerard’s County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Niamh Aylmer Student(s): Janice Lau Conor Cunningham Stand No: 1565 Title: Eczema in teenagers Overview: We have decided to investigate the social, physical and genetic aspects of the condition eczema, as we both suffered from the disorder from an early age. School: Seamount College County: Galway Teacher: Mrs Mary Reynolds Student(s): Emma Carroll Elizabeth Quinn Stand No: 1566 Title: Sleep patterns and how they affect academic performance Overview: Our project is to investigate the relationship between sleep and academic performance. It is a social science project that we think will benefit all students. School: Regina Mundi College County: Cork Teacher: Mr John Maxwell Student(s): Ellen Healy Louisa Walsh Ellie Wills Stand No: 1567 Title: The varied opinions on self testing for genetic defects as the future for health management Overview: We wish to investigate/ derive the various different opinions of the general public on the issue of self-testing for genetic defects. We plan to draw up a questionnaire and then

analyse the results. We will then draw up the various graphs and tables necessary in a clear and concise manner. School: Christ King Girls Sec. School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Denise Quilter Student(s): Kate MacSweeney Orla Frawley Jill Creedon Stand No: 1568 Title: To investigate the factors which contribute to facebook bullying Overview: We aim to investigate the factors that can lead to bullying on the social networking website Facebook, for example: age, gender and privacy settings. School: St Clare’s College County: Cavan Teacher: Ms Charlene O’Brien Student(s): Jessica Beaton Danielle Kiernan Hayley McMahon Stand No: 1569 Title: Recession depression: What is the effect of the recession on the Celtic Cubs of Ireland? Overview: We wish to investigate the effects the recession has had on teenagers in Ireland who were born during the Celtic Tiger. We will do this through the use of surveys, interviews and research. School: Dominican College Drumcondra County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Lorraine McCool Student(s): Amy Rennie Kate Leen Sophie Byrne Stand No: 1570 Title: To investigate whether Irish TV can help improve children’s Irish Overview: To investigate whether Irish TV can help aid educators to improve Irish among primary school children from second to fourth class. School: Loreto Community School County: Donegal Teacher: Mr John Paul Tieranan Student(s): Eilís Mc Clay Meadhbh Mac Ginley Laura Peoples Stand No: 1571 Title: The personality of a car Overview: We are going to see if people associate makes and models of cars to people, their personality and their job. School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Emma Kavanagh Student(s): Niamh Marks Laura Ralph Amy Ryan Stand No: 1572 Title: Does a full moon really trigger


strange behaviour? Overview: Our project aims to find out whether the old suspicions that the full moon triggers strange behaviour in humans is true or not. School: St. Joseph’s Secondary School County: Clare Teacher: Mr Cathal Crowe Student(s): Sophy Clancy Claire Murray Roisin Keane Stand No: 1573 Title: Sod off: The truth about swearing Overview: To test the arguments that are used to promote or prevent the use of curse words. We aim to use surveys and experiments. School: Borrisokane Community College County: Tipperary Teacher: Miss Leanne Yeung Student(s): Nathan Young Mariusz Skoczen

the misconceptions young people have about drinking and driving and the areas in which further education is needed. School: Donabate Community College, County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Lisa Curran Student(s): Dan Kerr Odhran Keely Stand No: 1578 Title: Are childproof containers really childproof? Overview: The aim of this investigation is to examine how effective childproof containers really are. School: Kildare Town Community School County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Sinead Sheils Student(s): Matthew Kelly Evan Flynn

Stand No: 1574 Title: Similarities of the Irish famine (1845-1852) and East Africa famine (20 July, 2011-present) Overview: Our project aims to find comparisons with the modern famine in the East Africa to our own Irish famine during 1845 and 1852. School: Davitt College County: Mayo Teacher: Ms Fiona Gill Student(s): Michelle Tolan Eleanor Arrowsmith Hannah Sweeney

Stand No: 1579 Title: To analyse the age young children become aware of and active in helping the environment and our solution to combat this situation Overview: We aim to analyse the age children start to conserve the environment. We expect that this age will be around 8. We will solve this problem by creating a childrens environmental pack. School: Loreto Secondary School County: Cork Teacher: Dr Lynda Meiklejohn Student(s): Molly O’Connor Sarah Eason Eleanor O’Sullivan

Stand No: 1575 Title: An investigation into the experimenter demand: Could it influence students in our school? Overview: We will investigate whether the Experimenter Demand Effect has an influence on psychological experiments in our school, and whether age is relevant to the results. School: Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan County: Dublin Teacher: Dr. Niamh Mc Nally Student(s): Kate Thompson Megan Weston

Stand No: 1580 Title: To investigate the effects that sleeping patterns have on the performance of students in an all boys boarding school Overview: This investigation aims to discover if the physical traits of a person affects their sleeping patterns and if this in turn affects their daily performance. School: Cistercian College County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Fiona Keary Student(s): Richard Tynan Matthew Kavanagh Richard Hughes

Stand No: 1576 Title: Remembering what we forget Overview: To investigate what strategies are the most effective at improving short term memory and if this is linked to data deduced from CATS. School: Wellington College County: Antrim Teacher: Mrs Yvonne Johnston Student(s): Gemma Hawthorne Eryn Anderson Evelyn Workman

Stand No: 1581 Title: Cáiliúl v Cairdiúil Overview: Ag déanamh táisteáil ar an fáth go bhfuil níos mó eolas ag déagóirí ar daoine cáiliúl ná ar a cairde. School: Gaelcholáiste Reachrann County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Cian O Suilleabhain Student(s): Katie Ní Thuathail Samhaín Nic Mhaghnusa

Stand No: 1577 Title: Drinking and driving: Young peoples misconceptions Overview: Our project aims to highlight

Stand No: 1582 Title: Use and abuse over-the-counterdrugs Overview: We plan to investigate the abuse of over-the-counter drugs and which gender and age category abuses

them the most. School: St Mary’s Secondary School Macroom County: Cork Teacher: Mrs Catherine Kerrigan Student(s): Karen Dromey Sarah Horgan Stand No: 1583 Title: Why do we hate public speaking? Overview: To measure physiological changes in the body when a person is placed in a stressful situation. Also we wish to understand whether nervousness varies with age. School: Loreto Secondary School Navan County: Meath Teacher: Ms Dara Rigney Student(s): Eimear Woods Ailbhe Lord Stand No: 1584 Title: Advertising: What works? Overview: Our project aims to find out what contributes to effective advertising and how it works. School: St Joseph’s Secondary School County: Mayo Teacher: Ms Maria McHugh Student(s): Cailín Durkan Michaela Leonard Aileen Casey Stand No: 1585 Title: Does the price of an item affect how you rate it? Overview: We will investigate if knowing the price of an item affects how you rate it. School: St. Mel’s College County: Longford Teacher: Ms Fiona Noone Student(s): Sean Costello Fergal Keenan Rory Sullivan Stand No: 1586 Title: Trail patterns and how people manage space Overview: To investigate whether people tend to use existing paths and trails in open spaces rather than forming spontaneous trails. School: Our Ladys College - Drogheda County: Louth Teacher: Miss Frances O’Regan Student(s): Michaela Murtagh Jane Casey Stand No: 1587 Title: Search for the perfect foundation Overview: To search for the perfect foundation including how it lasts on your skin type, price and quality ingredients which make up the perfect foundation. School: Gaelcholáiste Mhuire County: Cork Teacher: Ms Claire Ní Cheannabhuaidh Student(s): Debbie Lane Roisin Cassidy

Stand No: 1588 Title: ‘Persuade to Donate’: The key to a charity’s future! Overview: Despite being in the midst of an economic recession, Ireland is still a very charitable country. But what influences people to donate to charities? School: St Mary’s Secondary School Macroom County: Cork Teacher: Ms Claire O’Leary Student(s): Sharon McSweeney Sylwia Stroka Stand No: 1589 Title: What makes a song a hit? Overview: Our project is to investigate past hit songs and determine what made each one a hit. We hope to determine a link between them. School: Loreto Secondary School Navan County: Meath Teacher: Ms Dara Rigney Student(s): Meadhbh Tiernan Hannah Grant Stand No: 1590 Title: Teenagers: A study of authority Overview: To investigate how teenagers respond to authority enforced by four different individuals; a known adult, an unknown adult, a known teenager and an unknown teenager. School: O’Carolan College County: Meath Teacher: Mr. Shane Talty Student(s): Jamie Raleigh Martin Downey Stand No: 1591 Title: The psychology of getting noticed: Where’s Wally Overview: We’re going to investigate how the human brain performs a visual search using special software, referring to the popular “Where’s wally” books as our starting point. School: Coláiste Muire - Crosshaven County: Cork Teacher: Ms Mary O’Dowd Student(s): Rosie O’Keefe Claudia McCarthy Eoghan Ó Rónáin Stand No: 1592 Title: How financially aware are secondary school students? Overview: To find the level of understanding in secondary school students. Our study will include business and non-business students. We will then compare and contrast the results. School: Loreto College - Foxrock County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Helen Hennessy Student(s): Alexandra Brazil Sophie Lauritsch Laura Hogan

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Social & Behavioural Sciences Stand No: 1593 Title: Gender differences in multitasking abilities Overview: We are investigating whether females are naturally superior at multi-tasking, as commonly believed, compared to men. Or is it a skill acquired through practice. School: St. David’s C.B.S. County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Jennifer Dixon Student(s): Ahmar Nawaz David Mulcahy

Stand No: 1598 Title: Cloch, páipéir, siosúr: Na rudai ina bhionn tionchar acu ar do rogha Overview: Staidéir ar na rogha is commóntaí sa chluiche (cloch,páipéir siosúir) agus na rudaí ina mbíonn tionchar acu ar do rogha (m.sh-ord na bhfocail). School: Coláiste Eoin County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Cionnaith Ó Dubhthaigh Student(s): Ciaran O Tighearnaigh Ciaran Parker

Stand No: 1594 Title: Conformity Overview: Our project investigates conformity and peer pressure in teenagers. We aim to carry out our test on groups of students from our school. School: Coláiste Mhuire County: Galway Teacher: Ms Rita O’Connor Student(s): Eabha Mullins Teresa Turley Michaela Collins

Stand No: 1599 Title: Cur chuige ón mbar sios nó ón mbun suas do athrú soisialta, cás staidéar ar an ngaeilge labhartha Overview: Táimid ag déanamh staidéir ar an leibhéal na Gaeilge i scoileanna agus forghníomhaigh ar modhanna éagsúla a d’fhéadfadh ardú an leibhéal Gaeilge labhartha ag scoileanna. School: Coláiste Pobal Osraí - Kilkenny County: Kilkenny Teacher: Dr. Lughaidh Ó Néill Student(s): Rónán Butler Alan Cullen

Stand No: 1595 Title: Eye candy Overview: Our project investigated the importance of sight when choosing foods as well as whether or not the blind folded diet actually works. School: Loreto Convent - Letterkenny County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Michelle O’Donnell Student(s): Divya Raikumar Emma Thompson Katie Kilcoyne Stand No: 1596 Title: Financial Maths: Interactive learning versus traditional classroom learning, you be the judge! Overview: Our project acts as an aid to first year students learning business for the first time to help them learn business quicker and easier using our own interactive learning program designed by us. We hope our method of teaching business this way will be more effective than the traditional method of learning business. School: St Joseph’s Secondary School County: Mayo Teacher: Ms Maria McHugh Student(s): Jacqueline Brennan Hannah Duffy Katie McDonnell Stand No: 1597 Title: The various different opinions on medical myths, lies and half truths Overview: An investigation in which the general public take part in a survey about very common medical myths to see how many people believe the false myths. School: Christ King Girls Sec. School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Denise Quilter Student(s): Laura White Emer O’Keeffe

Stand No: 1600 Title: An analysis of how a communities awareness of their energy use can influence their energy output Overview: Our project is an analysis of how our schools community’s awareness of their energy use can influence their energy output. School: St Wolstan’s Community School County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Louise Ward Student(s): Leah Redmond Aisling Tynan Hannah Mcmillen Stand No: 1601 Title: The impact economic decline has on behavioural patterns Overview: We would like to investigate how the economic decline has affected people and are there any behavioral patterns occurring in the economic decline. School: Millstreet Community School County: Cork Teacher: Miss Jennifer O’ Donoghue Student(s): Aisling Dennehy Eleanor O’Leary Hayley Whitby Stand No: 1602 Title: The effect of certain herbs, spices and other foods on academic performance Overview: Our project is investigating whether or not certain factors, such as herbs or spices, influence intelligence or academic performance by testing constant subjects. School: Rathdown School County: Dublin Teacher: Mrs Meriel Nuzum Student(s): Aine McGee Elsa Maishman

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Stand No: 1603 Title: Do redheads feel more pain? Overview: An investigation to support the hypothesis that redheads feel more pain and have more sensitive skin than blondes or brunettes using a pin sensitivity test. School: Coláiste Muire - Crosshaven County: Cork Teacher: Ms Mary O’Dowd Student(s): Martha O’Brien Francis Redden Stand No: 1604 Title: Happiness is an inside job Overview: We want to investigate the impact of doing random acts of kindness on happiness levels of a population of female transition year students. School: Loreto Convent - Letterkenny County: Donegal Teacher: Ms. Elaine Gallagher Student(s): Sinead Hession Aisling Ryan Ruth McHugh Stand No: 1605 Title: An bhfuil eolas agat ar do reiligiún? Overview: Is é aidhm ár dtionscnamh ná chun an líon eolais atá ag Caitlicigh, Protastúnaigh agus Moslamaigh ar a reiligiún a fháil amach. School: Coláiste Oiriall County: Monaghan Teacher: Ms Blaithin Mc Mahon Student(s): Ciarán Mac Cionna Conor Ó Broin Ultan Mac Searraigh

SENIOR - GROUP Stand No: 1606 Title: A study of swarm and herd behaviour in social media Overview: We want to investigate if it is possible to apply the theories of swarming and herd behaviour to social media sites. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Seamus Dwyer Kevin John McCormack Luke Barr Stand No: 1607 Title: A comparison of teenage values and worries in Ireland and Tanzania Overview: We investigate whether or not teenagers in Ireland and teenagers in Tanzania have different values in life and whether they worry about different things. School: Dominican College - Wicklow County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr John O’Brien Student(s): Jade O’Connor Meagan McNiffe Dale Finnerty Stand No: 1608 Title: Is that new edition worth it?

Overview: Researching the views of principals, parents and students with regard to the cost of school books and the way the book companies publish revised editions. School: Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna County: Clare Teacher: Mr John Sims Student(s): Alison Kelly Ciara Griffin Stand No: 1609 Title: Tionchar na hAclaíochta ar dhaltaí Overview: An bhfuil tionchar dearfach nó diúltach ag aclaíocht ar fhócas agus ar leibhéal cognaíocha daltaí agus iad ar scoil? School: Ennis Community College County: Clare Teacher: Ms Concepta Barry Student(s): Seán Mhaoir Adam Mac Giolla Bhuidhe Stand No: 1610 Title: The power of suggestion! Overview: Are the effects of music on mental performance real or influenced by the subjects awareness of previous results. School: Mount Anville Secondary School County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Bernard Crampton Student(s): Aisling Callaghan Sarah Egan Ella Connaughton Stand No: 1611 Title: Investigating the influences on peoples choices when voting Overview: We want to investigate what influences peoples choices when voting (e.g. gender, age, mood, attractiveness etc.) by holding multiple mock elections and surveys. School: Blackrock College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Sarah Fraser Student(s): Mark Twomey Andrew Hanley Stand No: 1612 Title: To develop a mathematical learning and communication tool for Autistic children in mainstream primary school Overview: To develop a learning/ communication tool to aid young autistic children in mainstream primary schools, focused on the subject of maths. School: Ard Scoil Na Tríonóide County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Orlagh Ní Fhaolain Student(s): Ciara Kealy Aoife Hanlon Katie Kavanagh Stand No: 1613 Title: Creatine and other sport enhancers: A study of the attitude to creatine and other sport enhancers in different sporting categories


Overview: We are doing a study on young people involved in sport and their coaches. We want to investigate their views and opinions on the sports supplement creatine and other sport enhancers. School: Presentation College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Ian Lehane Student(s): Michael Murphy Aidan Slattery Daved Twomey Stand No: 1614 Title: The benefits of positive psychology on the mental health of secondary school students Overview: Positive psychology can play an important role in the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. It may also help to increase academic performance. School: Mercy Secondary School County: Kerry Teacher: Ms Martha Brassil Student(s): Daniel Carmody Luke Stafford Lacey Aisling Shalvey

Stand No: 1618 Title: The oldest sibling: Destined for greater exam success? Overview: By analysing is the oldest sibling destined for greater success, we will satisfy our curiosity regarding position in family and the effect of this on exam success. School: Mohill Community College County: Leitrim Teacher: Ms Una Duffy Student(s): Niamh McHugh Niamh McKiernan Patricia Forde

Stand No: 1615 Title: Teen gamble, win or lose? Overview: We based our project on the social and psychological aspects of gambling in teenagers, investigating its adverse effects but focusing through education on a positive outcome. School: Loreto Secondary School County: Tipperary Teacher: Mrs Nuala Smith Student(s): Gemma O’Dwyer Leanne Murphy Elaine Butler Stand No: 1616 Title: How alcohol affects teens in sport Overview: We will investigate the effects alcohol has on teenagers in sport both physically and mentally. We will also investigate the influence of alcohol sport sponsors. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Mr Pat Meaney Student(s): David Dennehy Killian Burgess Stand No: 1617 Title: Fíosrúchán a dhéanamh ar na cúiseanna soisialta agus siceolaíochta go mbíonn daoine ag iarradh dath gréine a fháil Overview: Chun a fháil amach cad iad na cúiseanna siceolaíochta agus soisialta go mbíonn daoine ag iarradh dath gréine a fháil. School: Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach County: Carlow Teacher: Bean Maria Mhic Dhiarmada Student(s): Jenny Ní Dhubhchanna Jack Ó’Flatharta Clíodhna Ní Chonraoí

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Stand No: 2100 Title: A study of the role of the height of the bridge of a fiddle on the quality of the notes played on the traditional fiddle Overview: I want to investigate how lowering the height of the bridge of a fiddle effects the quality of the notes played on the traditional fiddle. School: Scariff Community College County: Clare Teacher: Mr. T. J. O’Halloran Student(s): Eilís O’Halloran

Stand No: 2106 Title: Examination of hydro-electrical generation in Reendonegan lake, Bantry Overview: I wish to examine the breach in a sandbar between Reendonegan lake and the sea and whether it is possible to put in a water turbine. School: Coláiste Pobal Bheanntrai County: Cork Teacher: Ms Cornelia Hourihan Student(s): Liam Cronin

Stand No: 2101 Title: The effect of electromagnetic radiation on the growth of plant seeds Overview: I intend to investigate the effects of electromagnetic radiation on different aspects of the growth of a variety of plant seeds. School: Coláiste Chiaráin County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Edel Farrell Student(s): Eoin Hayes

Stand No: 2107 Title: Patterns of products of fibonacci numbers Overview: This is an investigation into whether when you multiply pairs of fibonacci numbers with each other they form a new sequence of numbers. School: Our Ladys College - Drogheda County: Louth Teacher: Miss Frances O’Regan Student(s): Niamh Cunningham

Stand No: 2102 Title: Desalination of seawater using orange peel Overview: The potential of orange peel as a bio-sorbent was examined for its potency and capability in the extraction of sodium chloride from seawater. School: Loreto College - St Stephens Green County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Jennifer Campbell Student(s): Regan McGlynn

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Stand No: 2103 Title: Fingerprints, inherited or not?: A statistical study Overview: I am exploring the hereditary nature of fingerprints by analysing the fingerprints of a target of 50 people. My hypothesis is they are inherited. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Michaella O Driscoll Stand No: 2104 Title: Sweet prediction Overview: My project is about sweet prediction. I want to be able to accurately predict the exact number of each colour sweet in packets of skittles, m&ms, and smarties. School: St Colmcille’s Community School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Leila Martin Student(s): Brian Jordan Stand No: 2105 Title: Glowing chemicals Overview: I am investigating if the rate of a chemical reaction depends on temperature. I am using glow sticks and a light meter in my investigation. School: Newpark Comprehensive School County: Dublin

Stand No: 2200 Title: Why we hear our own voice differently? Overview: We decided to do a project about why we hear our own voice differently from the way others hear our voice. We will try to answer why this happens. School: Breifne College County: Cavan Teacher: Ms Eilis von Cramon Student(s): Milena Gawecka Stand No: 2201 Title: Predicting shifting sands on Skerries south beach Overview: My project is to construct a model and mathematical formula that will help me predict shifting sands on Skerries south beach. School: Skerries Community College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Katie Corbett Student(s): Tom McDonald Stand No: 2202 Title: A study to distinguish between wet and dry paint Overview: We will investigate if it is possible to develop goggles which will show the difference between new paint and old paint of the same colour. School: Loreto High School County: Dublin Teacher: Mrs Susan keady Student(s): Claire Behan Stand No: 2203 Title: Leibhéal fosfáití in earraí glantacháin, a gcuid éifeachta ar leibhéal O2 in uisce agus an tseans eotrófú i Loch Dearg de bharr fosfáití Overview: Staidéar a dhéanamh ar an leibhéal fosfáit i nglantaigh éagsúla, an

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éifeacht atá acu ar ocsaigin in uisce agus staidéar ar eotrófú i Loch Dearg. School: Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil Student(s): Shellie Galligan Stand No: 2204 Title: Alternative oxidising agents for Leaving Certificate chemistry experiments Overview: Due to the Department’s recent removal of dichromate compounds from schools, I intend to test the effectiveness of alternative oxidising agents for leaving certificate experiments. School: Our Lady’s Bower - Athlone County: Westmeath Teacher: Mrs Ethna Benson Student(s): Sinéad Carroll Stand No: 2205 Title: Using codes, how hard can it be? Overview: I will make a cipher(code) from scratch and test it to see how secure and easy it is to use. School: Meánscoil Na Mbráithre County: Clare Teacher: Mr Sean Murphy Student(s): John Cotter Stand No: 2206 Title: Do contact lenses offer protection against UV light? Overview: The project concerns the ability of contact lenses to offer protection against the UV radiation in sunlight. School: St Mary’s College County: Londonderry Teacher: Mrs Ann Blanking Student(s): Victoria Harkin Stand No: 2207 Title: Ag déanamh fógraíocht ar an úsáid de adhmad in ionad PVC tríd na fadhbanna atá gaolmhar leis an ionsú de uisce a cloígh. Overview: Convincing Irish forestry and wood using companies to use more wood than PVC for windows and doors, using the most suitable wood, by water level. School: Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Aingeal Ní hÉalaithe Student(s): Niall Healy Stand No: 2208 Title: Magnetic linear accelerator Overview: I am building a device called a magnetic linear accelerator to investigate the effects of magnets and magnetic fields. School: Ballinamore Post Primary Schools County: Leitrim Teacher: Mr Eamon Geoghegan Student(s): Joseph Wilson Stand No: 2209 Title: Staidéar a dhéanamh ar an gaol

idir teocht agus an ráta creimeadh d’alúmanaim Overview: I will be investigating the relationship between the corrosion of aluminium and the temperature applied to it. School: Coláiste Ailigh County: Donegal Teacher: Mr Micheál Ó Giobúin Student(s): Roisin Gillivan Stand No: 2210 Title: Did you switch off the immersion? Overview: I want to see if I can actually determine the most energy efficient way of heating water for a shower in standard domestic homes. School: De La Salle College County: Louth Teacher: Ms Cara Mc Adam Student(s): Niall O’Shea Stand No: 2211 Title: A statistical analysis of sports results Overview: My project’s about how certain factors influence the outcome of football leagues and games. I want to discover if results are random or statistically significant. School: Wesley College - Ballinteer County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Carl Hosford Student(s): Ian Wolfe Stand No: 2212 Title: The development and evaluation of a handy indicator for Simvastatin and Ramipril Part II Overview: This project is about producing a handy indicator that can be used to determine the amount of Ramipril and Statins in tablets. School: St Mary’s College County: Londonderry Teacher: Mrs Ann Blanking Student(s): Saoirse Nash Stand No: 2214 Title: Mathematical intelligence versus practical intelligence Overview: To investigate the connection between level of math in school and logical and practical problem solving. School: Sacred Heart Secondary School - Drogheda County: Louth Teacher: Ms Deirdre Lynch Student(s): Niamh Morgan Stand No: 2215 Title: Cryptography: A study of the Irish language Overview: My project is a study of the characteristics of the Irish language that are relevant to cryptography such as letter frequency. School: Loreto College - St Stephens Green County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Yseult Whitaker Student(s): Aoife Gregg


Stand No: 2216 Title: Composing music with fractals Overview: I intend to show how music can be composed by using various methods of generating fractals including l-systems and fractal motion. School: F.C.J. Secondary School County: Wexford Teacher: Ms Steph O’Dwyer Student(s): Terry Bolt

SENIOR - Individual Stand No: 2300 Title: Cosmic bully: A study of the relationship between the Andromeda galaxy and its neighbours Overview: I want to investigate the influence that the Andromeda galaxy has on its neighbouring galaxies and why they can’t seem to resist each other. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Muhammed Basak Stand No: 2301 Title: Chemical contamination of Galway drinking water Overview: Investigation of solution to lead and salt contamination of Galway drinking water. School: St Joseph’s College - Galway County: Galway Teacher: Mr Keith O Reilly Student(s): Colm O’Muircheartaigh Stand No: 2302 Title: A new algorithm to improve the gathering of information on mobile devices Overview: An Algorithm to help gather information on objects with bar codes and people on a mobile device. It can help cut down on underage drinking. School: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál - Blarney County: Cork Teacher: Mr Sean Foley Student(s): Robert Gabriel Stand No: 2303 Title: A mathematical study of Benford’s law Overview: I want to investigate the validity of Benford’s Law and how it can be applied in real life situations. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Enes Gahbiche Stand No: 2304 Title: ‘Tinfoil for Brains’ An investigation into the release of aluminium from everyday tinfoil on contact with food Overview: Tinfoil samples steeped in various foods/beverages for a fixed time will be tested for aluminium traces. Tinfoil mass before and after will also be measured. School: Colaiste Chomain County: Mayo

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Stand No: 2305 Title: Strike one: Statistical analysis of times of scores in soccer Overview: Investigation and statistical analysis of distributions of times of goals in soccer matches. School: St Laurence College County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Tony McGennis Student(s): Chelsea O’Connor

Stand No: 2311 Title: Studying the distribution of eigenvalues in sets of random matrices Overview: An investigation into the patterns that are produced when generating eigenvalues from eigenvector/random matrix interactions and the rules that govern such interactions. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Shan Syed

Stand No: 2306 Title: Identification and use of mathematical algorithms found among road users Overview: Identification of mathematical patterns that exist among road users, that may be projected into the future, and practical example of their commercial use. School: Rockbrook Park School County: Dublin Teacher: Dr David Nolan Student(s): Andrej Pacher Stand No: 2307 Title: Wavelengths of open ended shepherds flutes Overview: Its aim is then to provide formulae that can accurately predict an open ended shepherd flute instruments harmonics (Two air nodes). School: De La Salle College County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Brian Masterson Student(s): Giacomo Rossi Stand No: 2308 Title: A study of chirality Overview: A study of the left and right-handed nature of some common chemical compounds using polarized light. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Dawid Muszynski Stand No: 2309 Title: The intrinsic mathematics to scoring a goal in soccer Overview: An investigation into the correlation between the distance from the target and accuracy (hitting the target) and the angle from target and accuracy in a soccer freekick. School: St. David’s C.B.S. County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Jennifer Dixon Student(s): Rohith Roy Philip Stand No: 2310 Title: Crystal whiskers: Their piezoelectric properties Overview: My project is the investigation into creating crystal whiskers with piezoelectric properties and to determine their potential applications. School: Maynooth Post Primary School County: Kildare

JUNIOR - GROUP Stand No: 2400 Title: How do different salts affect the freezing point of water? Overview: This project concerns different chloride salts and concentrations of those salts and how they affect the freezing point of water. School: St Mary’s College County: Londonderry Teacher: Mrs Ann Blanking Student(s): Kennedy Keeney-Robinson Nicole Mc Hugh Stand No: 2401 Title: Pattern formation in a nonhomogenous traffic model Overview: We want to investigate why traffic jams occur when there is no obvious bottleneck causing it. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Ryan Kinsella Ryan Shilds Patrick Jaworski Stand No: 2402 Title: What happened to our honey? Overview: We hope to prolong the shelf life of honey by preventing fermentation taking place. We will examine factors leading to crystalisation and fermentation of honey. School: Our Lady’s Bower - Athlone County: Westmeath Teacher: Ms Mary Kenny Student(s): Sinead Reidy Niamh Brady Stand No: 2403 Title: “Aigéad agus bun: Rás imoibriúchán”------“Acid and base: reaction race” Overview: Staidéar ar an éifeacht a bhfuil ag fachtóirí eagúil ar ráta imoibriúcháin idir réimse aigéad agus bun leathúil agus aigéad agus bun saotharlann. School: Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil Student(s): Ciara Olsthoorn Jenny Mullins

Stand No: 2404 Title: A study of ‘Plinko’ probabilities Overview: Our experiment will investigate different versions of the game ‘Plinko’ and the probability that the balls will end up in certain bins. School: Dominican College - Wicklow County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr John O’Brien Student(s): Zoe Byrne Carrie Corkish Maya McDevitt Stand No: 2405 Title: ‘’Prátaí Plaisteach’’ fiosrú ar láidreacht an bith-phláisteach déanta ó stáirse prátaí Overview: Déanfaidh múid bithplaisteach le stáirse bailithe ó phártaí. Beidh sé seo scrúduithe ó thaobh neart teanntacha, solúbthachta agus cruais de. School: Colaiste Chomain County: Mayo Teacher: Mrs Collette Nic Liaim Student(s): Séamus Muirithe Keith Naughton Stand No: 2406 Title: Comparing the effectiveness of nail polish removers Overview: We will investigate the effectiveness of nail polish removers based on price. We will measure how quickly different removers dissolve nail polish. School: The Teresian School Donnybrook County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Brenda Hynes Student(s): Clara O’Carroll Hilary McKenna Long Stand No: 2407 Title: Wind tunnel Overview: The idea of the project is to show the difference between the airflow of a truck and sports car. School: Lucan Community College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Clare Healy Student(s): Thomas Mortell Amir Lanambai Stand No: 2408 Title: The physics of a penny pusher arcade game: An investigation of the factors affecting payout Overview: We will investigate the physical attributes of the penny pusher arcade game which impact on the chances of winning. School: Marist College - Athlone County: Westmeath Teacher: Mr Cian O’Brien Student(s): Sean Dulea Jack Ryan Caolan Jameson

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Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences Stand No: 2409 Title: Are your teeth tough enough? Overview: We will measure the pressure it takes to bite through different foods when they’re dry and wet with the force sensor attached to dentures. School: Bandon Grammar School County: Cork Teacher: Dr Edward Gash Student(s): Jenny buttimer Leigh-Anna Wallace Katie Desmond Stand No: 2410 Title: An cuireann súile agus láimhe ceannasach isteach ar spóirt? Overview: Má scríonn tú led’ láimh clé, agus má tá do súil ceannasach mar do súil dheis an cuireann sé isteach ar do spóirt? School: Coláiste Íde County: Kerry Teacher: Mr Gearoid O Beaglaoich Student(s): Lucy Nic Sandair Maíréad Ní Mhurchú Stand No: 2411 Title: What bubble gum makes the biggest bubble? Overview: We are investigating different brands of bubble gum to see which makes the biggest bubble and if the flavour affects the size of the bubble. School: Rathdown School County: Dublin Teacher: Mrs Meriel Nuzum Student(s): Kate Butler Emma Dungan

if the increases or decreases in ocean temperature increase or decrease the ability of the atmosphere to absorb cloud forming aerosols. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Calvin Malone Robert O’Leary Gabriel Omezi Stand No: 2415 Title: An feidir linn feabhas a chuir ar cloigead imonaiochta ? Overview: Tá muid ag iarraidh seiceail an bhfuil mud abalta clogead níos fearr a dheanamh na an cinn atá ann. School: Coláiste Ailigh County: Donegal Teacher: Mr Shane Ó Breacáin Student(s): Maitis Mac Ceallabhui Evin Breathnach Allen Pasoma Stand No: 2416 Title: Which shape of ice cube will take the longest time to melt? Overview: I chose many shapes of ice and timed them melting, each ice cube in the same environment and at the same temperature. School: St Andrew’s College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Nicky King Student(s): Danielle Dawson Ellen Stewart Gormley

Stand No: 2412 Title: To investigate how different factors effect “red eye” in photographs Overview: We are testing to find the different causes of red eye in photographs. We will vary the light intensity, camera angles, flash of cameras and compare eye colour. School: St Vincent’s Secondary School County: Louth Teacher: Ms Sarah Hunt Student(s): Amy Byrne Megan Crilly Sarah Callan

Stand No: 2417 Title: An analysis of the strategies involved in table tennis using a system that automatically gathers and analyses game data Overview: Using image processing algorithms and bayesian statistics to create a system to analyse strengths and weaknesses of table tennis players and provide automatic score keeping. School: Gonzaga College County: Dublin Teacher: Mr. Joe Ó Briain Student(s): Nicholas Harding Bradley Fionn Coolican Andrew Cleary

Stand No: 2413 Title: Investigating chaos: Using pendulums to investigate chaotic behaviour Overview: To analyse the movement of double and triple pendulums made from different materials and to try to see some patterns in the way they move. School: Dominican College - Wicklow County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr John O’Brien Student(s): Katie Hackett Caitlin Griffey Tara Farrell

Stand No: 2418 Title: Boiled, poached, or scrambled?: A mathematical formula to describe how to cook a dinosaur egg? Overview: We will devise a mathematical formula that will tell exactly how long it will take to hard boil any egg, large or small. School: Dominican College - Wicklow County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr John O’Brien Student(s): Fiona Natoff Rachel Kingston Sarah Duffy

Stand No: 2414 Title: The effects of ocean temperature on atmospheric aerosol absorption Overview: We intend to investigate

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INTERMEDIATE - GROUP Stand No: 2500 Title: Hydro-harmonics: Is there a mathematical solution? Overview: Is there a mathematical solution to hydro-harmonics. Is the volume of water needed to make the note directly proportional to the note on the scale? School: Breifne College County: Cavan Teacher: Ms Eilis von Cramon Student(s): Peter O’Hanlon Darren Smyth Odhran O’Brien Stand No: 2501 Title: Ethical sourcing of bio-fuels Overview: Having trialled the production of ethanol in the laboratory, we will upscale the project to manufacture commercial quantities of bio-ethanol from marine algae at Teagasc. School: Skerries Community College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Katie Corbett Student(s): Gráinne Jones Megan Doyle Stand No: 2502 Title: The design and development of cooling sports vest Overview: A sports vest with replaceable endothermic reaction pouches that react when the wearer gets hot during exercise. We will test its performance during exercise. School: Clonakilty Community College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Patrick O Keeffe Student(s): Josh Bradley Joe White Stand No: 2503 Title: An investigation into the use of the antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles in household cloths Overview: We will make silver nanoparticles and silver nanoparticles coated with polymer, iron them onto cloths and study their effectiveness at reducing the spread of micro-organisms. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Daisy May Pemble Karen Briscoe Stand No: 2504 Title: Geothermal heat transfer utilising nanofluids Overview: Feasibility of increased efficiency in geothermal heating systems enhanced by nano-fluids, assessing heat transfer of these solutions and examination of other applications. School: The Kings Hospital County: Dublin Teacher: Mr David Plummer Student(s): Michael Jordan Stephen Kane Paul Begley

Stand No: 2505 Title: The development and evaluation of a coffee based sunscreen preparation Overview: The project concerns the potential use of coffee as a basis for a sunscreen preparation. School: St Mary’s College County: Londonderry Teacher: Mrs Ann Blanking Student(s): Adele Cullen Megan Mc Clean Cara Molloy Stand No: 2506 Title: Investigation on whether water temperature and wind speed affects water sprouts Overview: We are investigating and experimenting if water temperature and varying wind speeds affect on water sprouts by using a tornado chamber we built. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Ms Lorraine Marron Student(s): Katie Fallon Shannan O’ Brien Stand No: 2507 Title: Investigating real life random walks Overview: Our project idea is to investigate real life random walks. We investigate our displacement from our starting point after taking random walks. School: Dominican College - Wicklow County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr John O’Brien Student(s): Emily Humby Rose Fagan Jane Fagan Stand No: 2508 Title: Measuring solute content of a solution with a laser Overview: To compare the accuracy of finding solute level in solutions between a refractometer and a combination of a laser pointer and a hollow triangular prism. School: De La Salle College County: Louth Teacher: Ms Cara Mc Adam Student(s): Paul Tynan Stand No: 2509 Title: Ag fiosrú an bhfuil eifeacht mór ag uisce ar an buile galf nuair atá uise idir an aghaidh an cumann agus an baill galf Overview: We are investigating the affect water has on golf play focusing on the relationship between the clubface and ball when wet as opposed to dry. School: Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Susan Ní Loinsigh Student(s): Daniel Gallagher Shaun Donegan Michéal Gallagher Stand No: 2510 Title: ‘Bainne Greamannach’ iniuchnú ar cé chomh eifeachtach atá gliú déanta


ó bhainne Overview: Separating the curds and whey from milk, we will make glue and compare it to 2 other bought glue’s in terms of strength. School: Colaiste Chomain County: Mayo Teacher: Mrs Collette Nic Liaim Student(s): Tracey Ní Mhóráin Shauna Ní Sheibhleáin Stand No: 2511 Title: Does the storage temperature affect the PH of juice Overview: Our project will determine whether the PH value of common juices will increase/decrease depending on their temperature. School: Ardscoil Ris County: Limerick Teacher: Mrs Diane Condon Student(s): Cian Graham Mark Whelen Stand No: 2512 Title: Ink removal: Will it be renewable? Overview: Our project is to investigate the removal of ink from paper using safe chemicals so that paper can become renewable. School: Avondale Community College County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Aoife Sullivan Student(s): Craig Curley David Kavanagh Aaron Van Dijk Stand No: 2513 Title: Can sound reduce the speed of ice development? Overview: To discover the frequency and amplitude of sound waves required to pass through ice and slow down the formation of it. School: Sacred Heart Secondary School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Claire Holland Student(s): Claire Dullea Josephine Carroll Susie Tanner Stand No: 2514 Title: Seaweed: Irelands green gold of the future Overview: To investigate the use of biogas, produced by seaweed, as a viable fuel source. School: Coláiste Éinde County: Galway Teacher: Dr Matthew Lockett Student(s): Tobias Ritter Conall Maguire Ross McDonagh Stand No: 2515 Title: Vitamins, catalase and alzheimers Overview: This project investigates the effect of vitamins on the rate of breakdown of hydogen peroxide by the enzyme catalase. School: St Mary’s College County: Londonderry

Teacher: Mrs Ann Blanking Student(s): Grace Campbell Haley Mc Guinness Stand No: 2516 Title: A comparative study on spinach; growth, storage, processing and cooking Overview: Analysis by calorimetry and atomic spectroscopy of energy and mineral content. School: Coláiste Lorcáin County: Kildare Teacher: Miss Sarah Thompson Student(s): Mairead Redmond Danielle Van Niekerk Stand No: 2517 Title: Centripetal forces while on a rotating ride Overview: To investigate the centripetal forces while on a rotating amusement park ride and to investigate the apparent change in the weight due to this force. School: Rathdown School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Lisa Banahan Student(s): Niamh Blaine Safiyah Sahib Lauren O’leary Stand No: 2518 Title: Accuracy in numbers Overview: To approximate the number of marbles contained in a large glass jar using the average of human estimates. School: Coláiste an Chraoibhin County: Cork Teacher: Mr Simon Hill Student(s): Adrian O’Brien Adam Howard Chris Wheeler Stand No: 2519 Title: To use a hall probe to measure the oscillations of a spring system Overview: To investigate the measurement of the frequency of the oscillations of a spring using a hall probe and apply it effectively. School: Bandon Grammar School County: Cork Teacher: Dr Edward Gash Student(s): Georgie Tarr Laura Culhane Stand No: 2520 Title: Rugby, the art of kicking: How to find your sweet spot Overview: Investigation of forces acting on a rugby ball using a combination of experimental methods and mathematical models by developing a training ball with inbuilt sensors. School: Coláiste Muire - Crosshaven County: Cork Teacher: Ms Anne Cronin Student(s): Brian Scriven Eric Marron Sean Conaty

Stand No: 2521 Title: Staidéar a dhéanamh ar leibhéal carbaihiodráití i gcineálacha difriúla bainne Overview: We want to find out the amounts of lactose carbohydrates contained in various types of milk. School: Coláiste Ailigh County: Donegal Teacher: Mr Micheál Ó Giobúin Student(s): Iarla Blaney Sinéad Devenney Nicole Browne Stand No: 2522 Title: Is it bad to reboil? Overview: We are going to examine the effect of repeated boiling on the concentration of dissolved minerals/ compounds in water. School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Emma Kavanagh Student(s): Louise Kennedy Róisín Campion Caoimhe Campion Stand No: 2523 Title: Music through aluminium foil in a magnetic field Overview: We will play music from an mp3 player through aluminium foil in a magnetic field. We will compare its performance to a commercial speaker. School: Ballyclare High School County: Antrim Teacher: Dr Paul Wilson Student(s): Aimee Russell Lisa Patterson Stand No: 2524 Title: The science of heels Overview: The aim of our project is to investigate how height and centre of gravity can affect a persons balance while walking in high heeled shoes. School: St Aloysius College County: Cork Teacher: Ms Angelina Carew Student(s): Cleo Lane Meadhbh Murphy Stand No: 2525 Title: At what day of Atkins diet does a false positive occur in a breathalyzer test under current legislation Overview: We’ll see what day of the Atkins diet a false positive occurs in a breathalyzer test. We’ll construct a device that will differentiate between alcohols. School: St Vincent’s Secondary School County: Louth Teacher: Mr John White Student(s): Hannah Foley Ellen O’Connor Sophie Mee

Overview: We are investigating different methods of wine stain removal from carpets. We will use scientific proof to confirm we have found the best method. School: Regina Mundi College County: Cork Teacher: Ms Jemima Cassidy Student(s): Tara McGuire Emer Creedon Ashling Moran Stand No: 2527 Title: Are sports drinks really better? Overview: To investigate whether or not a sports drink provides more electrolytes than orange juice, lemonade, coke or a homemade isotonic drink. School: Kildare Town Community School County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Sinead Sheils Student(s): Calvin Phillips Steven O’Reilly Craig Palmer Stand No: 2528 Title: An assessment of degradation rate of photodegradable plastic Overview: The degradation rate of photodegradable plastic depends on the amount of sunshine. We will therefore assess how well they degrade in the Irish climate. School: Loreto GS - Omagh County: Tyrone Teacher: Dr Kevin Gallagher Student(s): Siobhan Kirk Grainne McCann Mairead McKenna Stand No: 2529 Title: The science behind blowing bubbles with gum Overview: We find out what brand blows the biggest bubbles and why; is it because of ingredients inside the gum which cause its elasticity to become bigger bubbles. School: Coláiste Ailigh County: Donegal Teacher: Mr Micheál Ó Giobúin Student(s): Seamus Carrigy Seamus Moreton Stand No: 2530 Title: An improvement in biodegradable plastic Overview: Our project is about altering the recipe currently used to produce bioplastics to make it more suitable for domestic use. School: Mount Sackville Secondary School County: Dublin Teacher: Miss Jennifer Simmons Student(s): Caoimhe Ryan Celine O’Brien

Stand No: 2526 Title: The best scientific method to remove wine stains from carpets

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Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences Stand No: 2531 Title: I’m Carbon Monoxide, get me out of here Overview: We have modified a carbon monoxide detector which can be connected to a ventilation system eliminating carbon monoxide gas from the room/house. School: Causeway Comprehensive School County: Kerry Teacher: Mrs Jennifer Barry Student(s): Colin Dineen Jennifer Falvey Stand No: 2532 Title: To evaluate the effectiveness of a combined woodchip and charcoal homemade filter in improving the drinking quality of a contaminated water source Overview: The aim of the project is the measure the effectiveness of a homemade charcoal and wood chip filter in order to clean contaminated water source. School: St Vincent’s Secondary School County: Louth Teacher: Mr John White Student(s): Marie-Christina McManus Chiara Mischo

SENIOR - GROUP Stand No: 2600 Title: Herba Fermentato-silage effluent: Turning problems into products Overview: Our project aims to make a useful product out of silage effluent. We shall attempt to distil the effluent to enhance it’s nutritional qualities. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Mr Donal Enright Student(s): Rose Magner Lisa Barrow Laura O’ Mahony Stand No: 2601 Title: Slip Jig: An investigation into materials which will improve grip of Irish dancing shoes Overview: We will determine the best substance to apply to the soles of Irish dancing shoes to create the best grip. School: Scoil Chonglais County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr Stephen Gammell Student(s): Orla Dunne Paula Faulkner Anna Fitzpatrick Stand No: 2602 Title: Eye detector Overview: To determine whether or not a person is telling the truth by observing their pupil dilation and hence present a summary of their personality. School: Ursuline College County: Sligo Teacher: Mr Anthony Carolan Student(s): Sarah McDermott Eavan McLoughlin

Stand No: 2603 Title: Simulation accuracy in the gravitational many-body problem Overview: Diarmuid Ó’Mathúna’s formulas for the two fixed centres problem allow very severe tests of the accuracy of simulation algorithms used in the gravitational many-body problem. School: Synge Street CBS County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Kate Walsh Student(s): Eric Doyle Mark Kelly Stand No: 2604 Title: A study of the factors that affect surface tension Overview: A study into how different things (temperature, pH, various solutes etc.) affect the surface tension of water and other liquids and by how much. School: Douglas Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Cian O’Mahony Student(s): Stephen O’Sullivan Otto Cronje Paul O’Keeffe Stand No: 2605 Title: Possible anti-microbial properties of different metals; silver, copper and calcium Overview: We aim to investigate the anti-microbial properties of certain metals in varied concentrations. We chose silver nitrate, copper nitrate and calcium chloride. School: St Mary’s Secondary School County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Enda Carr Student(s): Niamh Mc Ardle Aoife Harbison Aisling Ahern Stand No: 2606 Title: An introduction of game theory with practical applications Overview: An investigation of the unique topic of game theory. We will especially be looking at, and researching the games of blackjack and chess. School: Ballincollig Community School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Eileen Barrett Student(s): Declan Manning Evan Keating Ian Downey Stand No: 2607 Title: Switch or stick?: The Monty Hall dilemma investigated Overview: We are going to test the probability problem that is called the Monty Hall Dilemma on our student population. School: Tallaght Community School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Michelle Hegarty Student(s): Lorna Hayden Natasha McAuley

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Stand No: 2608 Title: Physics of scrummaging in rugby Overview: Analysis of body angles, forces, collisions and effects of these on the pushing/collapsing of a scrum. School: Presentation College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Ian Lehane Student(s): David O’Halloran Matt Curtin Conor Casey Stand No: 2609 Title: Conducting spheres: How many are needed in a non conducting tube to complete a circuit? Overview: We investigate what concentration/fraction of conducting balls you need in a non conducting tube to always create a circuit. School: Dominican College - Wicklow County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr John O’Brien Student(s): Jennifer Lyons Aisling Hayden Stand No: 2610 Title: How many triangles do you see? Overview: This project is investigating the relationship between the number of triangles that are formed and the number of subdivision lines added into shapes. School: Meánscoil Na Mbráithre County: Clare Teacher: Mr Sean Murphy Student(s): Daniel Beggan Michael McInerney Stand No: 2611 Title: Buidéal solas (Light bottle) Overview: Our project uses plastic bottles and filling them with water and bleach. It refracts sunlight reflected into it, we plan to spread light using this. School: Coláiste Ailigh County: Donegal Teacher: Micheál Ó Giobúin Student(s): Bahiyyih Devine Kineshia McGettigan Stand No: 2612 Title: What benefit does following through have on a swing in a game such as golf Overview: Showing how big of an advantage, if any, there would be from having a follow through on a swing. School: Presentation College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Ian Lehane Student(s): Bobby Bornemann Michael McCarthy Stand No: 2613 Title: Untangling the human knot Overview: We want to apply mathematical principles to help solve the team bonding game ‘the human knot’. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey

Student(s): Omar Quidwai Zain Hassan Stand No: 2614 Title: Red Mud:Just add Co2! Overview: CO2 can convert into useful products. The aim of the project is to check the feasibility of converting NaOH in the red mud to NaHCO3. School: Comprehensive School - Tarbert County: Kerry Teacher: Mr Tom Healy Student(s): Brendan Garvey Jack Finnucane Eoin Breen Stand No: 2615 Title: Development of anti-bacterial soap from used cooking oil and antibacterial plant extracts Overview: The development of antibacterial soap from recycled cooking oil and natural plant extracts. School: South Eastern Regional College Bangor Campus County: Down Teacher: Dr Susan Stokesberry Student(s): April McDowell Zachariah Cardwell Adam Torrans Stand No: 2616 Title: Replication of motary functions through use of air pressure Overview: I hope to replicate the motion of the bicep and tricep in moving the arm through the use of regulates. Our pressure passing from the bicep replication apparatus to the tricep apparatus or vica-versa to move the arm replication. School: Colaiste Sheosaimh County: Galway Teacher: Mr Cathal Reilly Student(s): Kyle Greene Ros McKeon


Technology JUNIOR - INDIVIDUAL Stand No: 3100 Title: To investigate cooling technology to cool down the head while playing hurling Overview: The aim in this experiment is to cool down the head while playing hurling. I plan to make a cap and survey for this experiment. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Aidene O Mahony Stand No: 3101 Title: Bridging the gap between the elderly and technology by means of a purpose built software device Overview: Development of a software operated device which will make modern technology more accessible to elderly people in order to help them with their everyday lives. School: Saint Dominic’s Secondary School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms. Sarah Green Student(s): Danielle McGouran Stand No: 3102 Title: You’ve got mail! Overview: An automated visual and audio wireless system to inform you of post in your letter box. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Mr Donal Enright Student(s): James O’Connor Stand No: 3103 Title: Self supporting, folded and temporary fabric structures Overview: I wish to create structure from a fabric using folding which is selfsupporting for use in the aftermath of natural disasters. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Mr Donal O’Laoire Student(s): Caelen Feller Stand No: 3104 Title: Colour blind scanner Overview: My aim is to develop a scanner that can be used by people with colour blindness. The scanner would be able to recognise different colours. School: Integrated College Dungannon County: Tyrone Teacher: Mrs Rosalind Stewart Student(s): Joanna Paisley Stand No: 3105 Title: The clash of the ash Overview: To research eleven hurls to find out which hurl has the best performance, the best sliotar by doing a numerous amount of research and tests. School: Fingal Community College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Claire Scanlon

Student(s): Maccullin Skelly Stand No: 3106 Title: Water conserving windshields Overview: To find a way to save water by harvesting the rain that falls on the windshield back into the wiper fluid container. School: Scoil Chonglais County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr Stephen Gammell Student(s): Seanie Germaine Stand No: 3107 Title: Why doesn’t 3D work for me?! Overview: To investigate why some people can and some can’t see the 3D effect while sitting beside each other watching the same clip. School: St Colmcille’s Community School County: Dublin Teacher: Miss Fiona Corry Student(s): James Tait Stand No: 3108 Title: QR mobile phone top up Overview: This project will aim to generate reliable secure QR codes which can connect your smartphone to the internet and direct it to a mobile phone provider’s website, topping up your phone with credit without the laborious task of phoning the company and keying in the code. School: Belvedere College County: Dublin Teacher: Mr David O’Grady Student(s): Daniel Curley Stand No: 3109 Title: The mulitbooting computer Overview: My project will include a computer that can boot many operating systems. School: Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin County: Kildare Teacher: Mr Damien O’ Rourke Student(s): Vahe Sasunts Stand No: 3110 Title: Crash detector and geographical coordinates sender Overview: A device placed in a car that can detect a traffic accident and automatically send the location of the accident to emergency services. School: St Joseph’s C.B.S. County: Dublin Teacher: Miss Alexandra Duane Student(s): Manolito Aviles Stand No: 3111 Title: Easy access Overview: Inventing a device, a chip added to an ATM card/ update to current machine, that allows lodgement of cash into bank accounts at ‘cashback’ points. School: St. David’s C.B.S. County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Jennifer Dixon Student(s): Aaron Dunne

INTERMEDIATE - INDIVIDUAL Stand No: 3200 Title: Electricity generation via induction Versus piezoelectric material Overview: A study into the comparison of “Electricity Generation via Induction Vs Piezoelectric material” showing which (self)-powered generation system is the most usable, efficient and effective. School: Scoil Muire gan Smál Roscommon County: Roscommon Teacher: Mr Padraig Harlow Student(s): Shauna O’ Neill Stand No: 3201 Title: Developing a system to regulate time spent playing video games Overview: Building a device which regulates how long the user will be able to play video games dependent on how much exercise they perform. School: Ardscoil Uí Urmoltaigh County: Cork Teacher: Mr John O’Sullivan Student(s): Gavin O’ Driscoll Stand No: 3202 Title: Developing artificial soil in low cost grow bags Overview: A project to develop artificial soil which can be used in low cost grow bags designed to maximise water retention for use in arid climates. School: Coláiste Muire - Crosshaven County: Cork Teacher: Ms Anne Cronin Student(s): Cait Cronin Stand No: 3203 Title: Pupil planner mobile App Overview: A mobile phone app to help year 8 pupils by providing instant access to an interactive map, personal timetable, homework diary and key school information. School: Bangor Gs County: Down Teacher: Mrs Clare McGrath Student(s): Simon Brackenridge Stand No: 3204 Title: A single pedal replacement for double bass pedals Overview: To substitute the drive-shaft operated double bass pedals with a single pedal design to free the “hi-hat” for the drummer’s convenience. School: Mount St Michael County: Cork Teacher: Mr Ger O’Donovan Student(s): Quinn Unger Stand No: 3205 Title: How to save a life Overview: I plan to use a 2D barcode system in the collection of donor information to increase efficiency in organ collection. School: De La Salle College County: Waterford

Teacher: Ms Mary McDonagh Student(s): Ben Jacob Stand No: 3206 Title: Halo Overview: An innovation in fire safety equipment allowing for immediate identification of emergency routes within a large building. Halo redefines fire safety within the built environment. School: Grosvenor Gs County: Antrim Teacher: Mr Sammy Taggart Student(s): Eve McLelland Stand No: 3207 Title: To investigate the most efficient way of building a persistence of vision display Overview: In my project I will research on the topic of persistence of vision, experiment with that technology and build a persistence of vision display. School: Rockbrook Park School County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Codie Preston Student(s): Marcin Gardas Stand No: 3208 Title: Where’s your kid? Overview: A coat containing personal details and a tracking device built in order to safe-guard young children walking to and from school and in busy shopping centres, the most vulnerable in society. School: Donabate Community College, County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Thomas English Student(s): Andrew O’Donnell Stand No: 3209 Title: The development of a low cost variable speed constant PU water pasteuriser: Uisce Paisteartha Overview: My objective is to design and build a low cost water pasteuriser that will work with inconsistent energy sources. School: Coláiste Eoin County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Cionnaith Ó Dubhthaigh Student(s): Aodh Ó hEireamhóin Stand No: 3210 Title: A smartphone application to track the growth rates and yield analysis of Miscanthus xgiganteus Overview: A smartphone application to assist with the logging, tracking and analysis of the stem growth rate of Miscanthus xgiganteus. Thereby assisting with crop yield figures. School: Colaiste Sheosaimh County: Galway Teacher: Mr Cathal Reilly Student(s): Andrew Mannion

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Technology SENIOR - INDIVIDUAL Stand No: 3300 Title: An investigation into the wastage of heat energy by heating appliances and to explore ways of using this wasted energy to power other electronic appliances Overview: This project will examine heat energy wastage by common heating appliances. Also it will investigate if this energy can be used to charge a mobile phone. School: Douglas Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Cian O’Mahony Student(s): Shane O’Sullivan Stand No: 3301 Title: Meds Tracker App (MTA) Overview: A phone application to remind people when and what medication to take. School: Maynooth Post Primary School County: Kildare Teacher: Ms. Patricia Mahony Student(s): Anne McGloughlin Stand No: 3302 Title: Faster rendering of 3D graphics using parallel computing Overview: An investigation into the possibilities of using general-purpose computing on graphics processing units to speed up the raytracing process in offline rendering of 3d graphics. School: Marino College County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Stephen Gallagher Student(s): Jonathan Rosca Stand No: 3303 Title: Cancer virotherapy simulator Overview: My project consists of two parts; Adobe flash simulation and graph generating computer program. These illustrate virotherapy, a type of cancer treatment. School: Carrigaline Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Ronan Neville Student(s): Abdullah Mohammad Stand No: 3304 Title: Eazi-Paint! Painting made easier, safer and faster Overview: I have made a product which makes painting safer as well as easier and faster. I have done research and found out what painters wanted and then enhanced the product to be as painter friendly as possible. School: Coláiste na Sceilge County: Kerry Teacher: Ms Máire Ní Shúilleabháin Student(s): Lonán Collins Stand No: 3305 Title: Detecting incidents on roads in real-time with Twitter and traffic cameras

Overview: My project involves tracking Tweets from accounts that talk about traffic on Irish roads and reflecting this on a real-time map of Ireland School: St Michaels College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Emer Fannin Student(s): James Eggers

JUNIOR - GROUP Stand No: 3400 Title: Easy Flow Sensor! Overview: Ever have a burst pipe? We have created a system that will put your mind at ease during the winter period. School: St Louis GS County: Down Teacher: Mr Sean Donnelly Student(s): Rory O’Boyle Niall Quinn Stand No: 3401 Title: InVigil8: A personal portable security system Overview: A self-charging suitcase which acts as a security device capable of detecting CO2 and fire, and to double as a theft and intruder detection system. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Mr Donal Enright Student(s): Sean Duffy Killian Enright Warren Gleeson Stand No: 3402 Title: Competitive gaming as a novel approach to improving learning: A statistical study Overview: Our project aims to see if a computer game with competitive elements is better for learning than one without competitive elements. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Cathal Whelan Brendan Boyle Stand No: 3403 Title: The ultimate school App Overview: The ultimate school app is an iOS app that combines a diary, timetable and student opinion polls. Being developed using Xcode on Mac OS. School: Belvedere College County: Dublin Teacher: Miss Lesley Byrne Student(s): Evan McDermott Killian Dunne Hugh Fenlon Stand No: 3404 Title: Motor simplí ar líne éadaí Overview: Tá an turgnamh seo turgnamh ar Solár Panéil agus líne éadaí le chéile agus táimid chun déanamh motor simplí agus ceanglóimid gach rud le chéile. School: Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh County: Limerick Teacher: Miss Maria Ni Ghoillidhe

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Student(s): Brian Grace Eoin McNamara Stand No: 3405 Title: Developing a bee feeder Overview: We are developing a syrup feeder for bee hives to improve and replace existing methods, by focusing on three main difficulties. School: C.B.S. Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Mr Brendan Hogan Student(s): Gary Kerrigan Thomas Bourke Stand No: 3406 Title: Work-Safe! Overview: Our project ensures any students using the Pillar Drill must have gone through a number of safety steps before operating the machine. School: St Louis GS County: Down Teacher: Mr Sean Donnelly Student(s): Ciara Keenan Laurence McManus Stand No: 3407 Title: Group idea sharing and developing website Overview: A wiki website that allows people to develop and idea in a group or alone. Uses an embedded graphic tools to develop an idea interactively. School: Athlone Community College County: Westmeath Teacher: Mr John Friel Student(s): Matija Milenovic Shane Gonley Stand No: 3408 Title: Development of a lichen column filter for aqueous waste streams Overview: This project involves making a lichen column filter system to remove heavy metal ions from aqueous waste streams produced from industry and old buildings. School: Coláiste Chiaráin County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Edel Farrell Student(s): Brian O’Rourke Oonagh Pierce Stand No: 3409 Title: Wheelbarrow with self-tipping skip Overview: Develop a wheelbarrow with a self-tipping skip and a detachable latch. A hydraulic ram will raise the skip to allow ease of waste removal. School: St Colman’s College County: Down Teacher: Miss Pauline Chambers Student(s): Cormac Clarke Micheal Cunningham Stephen Love Stand No: 3410 Title: A simple device to ensure the secure closure of manure storage tanks and prevent the leaking of manure to the environment Overview: This project investigates

the possibility of creating a device that will prevent the leaking of slurry storage units on farms which affects the environment. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Miss Marie Corkery Student(s): Eoghan McMahon Micheal O Flynn John Byrnes Stand No: 3411 Title: Predictive input touch system Overview: Our Project is about using touch screen methods to input text on modern digital devices and therefore by-passing the traditional QWERTY keyboard. School: Our Lady’s Bower - Athlone County: Westmeath Teacher: Ms Orla Hanniffy Student(s): Eva Barry Karen Garvey Stand No: 3412 Title: Golf training aid Overview: To develop a moulded training grip that can slide on and off a club and can be adjustable to any club. To help with a slice, face, draw, hook and straight shot. School: Coláiste Pobal Bheanntrai County: Cork Teacher: Ms Cornelia Hourihan Student(s): Ciarán O’Sullivan Shane Lyne Stand No: 3413 Title: Wheelchair accessibility in cars Overview: We are conducting a project that will help assist wheelchair users get into their vehicles without damaging their spines. School: Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine County: Kerry Teacher: Ms Maureen Foley Student(s): Robin Martin Darren Maye Leon Ivanovas Stand No: 3414 Title: Willing to ‘brake’ the mould? Overview: An innovative product that provides a more informed visual representation of a motorists braking manoeuvre. This enables the driver behind to respond in a more informed and controlled manner. School: Abbey Christian Brothers Gs County: Down Teacher: Mr Gerald Savage Student(s): Ronan Lavery Ryan Savage Stand No: 3415 Title: Project Asimov: A manned mission to Mars Overview: We hope to design a manned mission to Mars using existing technologies while offering solutions to some of the problems faced by humans in space. School: C.B.S. Thurles


County: Tipperary Teacher: Mr Philip Flynn Student(s): Tommy O’Sullivan Darren O’Sullivan Stand No: 3416 Title: Are you for real?: A fitness comparison between virtual and actual sporting activity Overview: An investigation to see if sporting activity carried out on the xbox kinect is as good at improving fitness as carrying out the exercise itself. School: St Patrick’s Classical School County: Meath Teacher: Mr James McHugh Student(s): IIfechukwuamaka Chinaka Darren Beirne

INTERMEDIATE - GROUP Stand No: 3500 Title: The fuel source of a greener tomorrow Overview: We propose to use solar/ wind energy to create hydrogen gas by simple electrolysis to create clean energy throughout the night. A 24/7 green fuel source. School: De La Salle College County: Louth Teacher: Ms Cara Mc Adam Student(s): Dylan Quinn McMahon Patrick Dunne Stand No: 3501 Title: Chimney turbine Overview: We plan to make a chimney turbine that will sit into a chimney and create energy/electricity. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Miss Marie Corkery Student(s): Mark Danaher Ciaran Nolan Stand No: 3502 Title: Safe driving with the ice device! Overview: Our project is an investigation into whether water in the window washer tank of a vehicle can be heated using an element in order to remove frost from a windscreen both quickly and efficiently. School: Avondale Community College County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr Brian Breen Student(s): Cillian Kavanagh Dáire Flood Stand No: 3503 Title: Uisce farraige -> Uisce úr Overview: Ag athrú uisce farraige go uisce úr trí díshalanú le fuinneamh na gréine amháin. School: Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí County: Kerry Teacher: Ms Elaine Ní Dheargáin Student(s): Darragh Ó Finn Seosamh Ó Gráinne Fionn Ó Caochlaigh

Stand No: 3504 Title: The development of a phone application and other methods to stop the deterioration of literacy skills in Irish youth Overview: Our project is an investigation into the declining levels of literacy in irish teenagers today. We have invented methods in which to help primary school students become aware of the problem and to help second and third level students correct their bad habits. School: St. Leo’s College County: Carlow Teacher: Ms Julie Egan Student(s): Peggy Miller Catherine Byrne Anna Julian Stand No: 3505 Title: Road safety ear guards for cyclists Overview: Reduces the noise of the on coming wind while cycling, allowing you to hear traffic coming from behind you and to the side. School: Clonakilty Community College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Patrick O Keeffe Student(s): Robert Lynch David O Mahony Stand No: 3506 Title: The redevelopment of a binary cycle composter Overview: The aim of our project is to see if it is possible to create electrical energy by using the heat created by natural decomposing waste. School: Salesian College - Celbridge County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Anna Marie Shinnick Student(s): Cathal O’Brien Darren Kelly Lee McGinley Stand No: 3507 Title: OxyHydrogen “Improving fuel efficiency !” Overview: We aim to run a car with a simplified version of a Hoffman Voltameter combined with standard fuel which will improve fuel efficiency. School: Boyne Community School County: Meath Teacher: Miss Colleen Callan Student(s): Adam Grant Leanna Conlon Aaron Kenny Stand No: 3508 Title: The surfboard solver App Overview: We are creating an iPhone/ iPod App for surfers to inform them on the type of surfboard that suits their weight, height and ability. School: St Wolstan’s Community School County: Kildare Teacher: Mr Brian Lawlor Student(s): Isabelle Fagan Niamh Egan Elaina Duggan

Stand No: 3509 Title: Algal batteries: A biodegradable energy storage system Overview: We want to investigate the possibility that batteries can replace lithium-ion batteries, making the energy storage less toxic and cheaper. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Sean Cleary Jamie Shields Peter O’Connor Stand No: 3510 Title: Solar treatment of milk Overview: To use solar energy to carry out the first step of the milk pasteurisation process using photovoltaic cell. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Ms Julie Gleeson Student(s): Kim Broderick Roisin Hennessy Gavin Foley Stand No: 3511 Title: Fíosrúchain i mbailiú uisce fearthainne agus an úsáid éifeachtúil den fuinnimh a ghineann sé Overview: We are investigating a means of harvesting water collection and using it to generate electricity. School: Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair County: Donegal Teacher: Mr Keith Ó Fearraigh Student(s): Joanne Ní Cheallaigh Caroline Ní Shearcaigh Síle Ní Ghallchóir Stand No: 3512 Title: Polydiesel: A novel solution to fuel shortages and disposal of ELPs Overview: We have created a homebased system for producing viable liquid fuel from end of life plastics, using basic supplies such as cans, buckets and bottles School: Blackwater Community School County: Waterford Teacher: Mr David King Student(s): Eoghan Flynn Ruairi O’Neill Stand No: 3513 Title: A simple hygiene device for business and domestic use Overview: This device aims to promote bio-security and hygiene between farms and other businesses and prevent the spreading of disease on the farm and at home. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Miss Marie Corkery Student(s): Tom Flavin John Delee Chris Scannell

uses radio technology. It allows you to use your phone around your house to a maximum range from the antenna. School: Mount Mercy College County: Cork Teacher: Mrs Orla McCarthy Student(s): Claire Hobbs Ciara Buckley Laura Cummins Stand No: 3515 Title: Building for the future Overview: Our project aims to find out what structural shape is the strongest, most flexible and stable in order for buildings to withstand difficult climate conditions. School: Community School County: Roscommon Teacher: Ms Yvonne Hanbury Student(s): Cormac Guthrie Joseph Henry Eoghan Flanagan Stand No: 3516 Title: The electrochemical effects of sucrose and glucose on the voltage output of a microbial fuel cell using Saccharomyces cerevisiae Overview: We want to investigate the factors that affect the out put of a microbial fuel cell, mainly the substrates glucose and sucrose, using Saccharomyces cerevisiae. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Mark Lynam Adam Doran Stand No: 3517 Title: The electronic agricultural slurry tanker meter Overview: To manufacture a switch type of control which will indicate the level of slurry in a slurry tanker. School: Avondale Community College County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Aoife Sullivan Student(s): Mark Roche Cormac Ward Stand No: 3518 Title: Night vision car windscreen Overview: An adhesive film for windscreens on cars that aids night vision by increasing contrast and luminescence. School: St Marys College - C.S.Sp. County: Dublin Teacher: Mr John Nisbet Student(s): Tadhg O’Keeffe Colm McKay

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Technology Stand No: 3519 Title: The effects of hurling helmets on vision Overview: Studying the hurling helmet and seeing how it affects the vision of the wearer. Designing a new style of helmet which doesn’t affect vision. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Ms Lorraine Marron Student(s): Ronan O’Toole Niall Cronin Stand No: 3520 Title: Visual schedule application for adolescents with Autistic spectrum disorders Overview: An application that allows teenagers with Austic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to create a subtle yet highly functional visual schedule to help organise their secondary school timetable. School: Mount St Michael County: Cork Teacher: Mr Ger O’Donovan Student(s): Maeve Quinlan Euan Tobin Aidan Williamson Stand No: 3521 Title: T-Time Overview: To design and manufacture a golf tee setter from locally recycled materials that will assist golfers with arthritis to place their tee and ball without bending over. School: Jesus & Mary Secondary School County: Sligo Teacher: Ms Helena Ryder Student(s): Jason Mulderrig Nolan Cross Stephen Curley Stand No: 3522 Title: Database of horses heart sounds Overview: We intend to create a database of horses heart beats to make it easier for vets to diagnose heart complaints. School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Emma Kavanagh Student(s): Emma Murphy Catherine Harty Ana O’Brien Stand No: 3524 Title: Tipping water trough Overview: We want to make a tipping water trough so that farmers will have no excuse not to clean out water troughs and give their animals available fresh clean water 24/7. School: St Patrick’s High School County: Armagh Teacher: Ms Brenda Finn Student(s): Connall Davidson Pierce Toner Darren Hughes

Stand No: 3525 Title: Do the use of ‘scrum caps’ help prevent concussion? Overview: We hope to determine the effectiveness of scrum caps in concussion prevention by conducting impact experiments and providing results to produce a more effective scrum cap. School: Castleknock College County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kieran Gallagher Student(s): Colm Peelo Sean O’Heir Stand No: 3526 Title: Water Protection Meter Overview: To develop a water protection meter to prevent damage to homes due to burst pipes. School: Kildare Town Community School County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Sinead Sheils Student(s): Jamie Walsh Conor Vaughan Jessie Moore Stand No: 3527 Title: Lae téics touch (Latex touch) Overview: Tá touchscreens gach áit faoi láthair ag usáid go pearsanta agus sa tionsclaíocht & Tá fadhb ag daoiní ag usáid iad nuair atá siad ag caitheamh laimhíní. Tá an fadhb sin réitithe againn le lea téics touch. School: Gaelcholáiste Reachrann County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Cian O Suilleabhain Student(s): Cormac O’Neill Aaron Grehan James Howe Stand No: 3528 Title: Eco heater Overview: We plan to use compost as a source of heart energy which will heat up a heat pad. This may be used to warm up new born foals or lambs. School: St Kevin’s Community College County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Karen Brandon Student(s): Imogen English Ciaran Flaherty David Brooks Stand No: 3529 Title: Wireless energy transfer Overview: We want to investigate the viability of powering and charging electronic equipment without needing to plug, using magnetic resonance coupling. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Darragh Kyne Gary O’ Flynn Philip Mooney Stand No: 3530 Title: Electro-bandage Overview: Designing a low voltage

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electric bandage which will replace chemicals for their anti-bacterial properties. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Sofiane Echaib Keith Driscoll Stand No: 3531 Title: Solar powered water filter for the third world Overview: Our project involves a solar panel which powers a pump which is used to bring water to the top of the container to be filtered. The cycle repeats itself. School: Christ King Girls Sec. School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Denise Quilter Student(s): Rebecca Hyland Ellen Atkinson Lia Coffey Stand No: 3532 Title: Magnetic turbine Overview: Our aim is to produce a generator using natural materials for the moving parts, that could be used in third world countries. School: Blackwater Community School County: Waterford Teacher: Ms Ann-Marie Lineen Student(s): Shane Moloney Cathal Lee Stand No: 3533 Title: Medical applications Overview: Basically it is an application using information on stroke/heart attack/headaches etc and to add basic advice to deal with the problem. School: Presentation College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Enda O’Regan Student(s): Dan O’Mahony Areeb Mian Cian Carey Stand No: 3534 Title: Library book trailer Overview: Our project involves the construction of two iphone apps related to libraries. These apps will help students and librarians retrieve lost books. School: St Michaels College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Emer Fannin Student(s): James O’Connell Cian Reid Sean Nicholson Stand No: 3535 Title: A simple device to aid caesarean sections in cows Overview: This project investigates the use of an attachment to a calving jack which may be used to help vets in carrying out caesarean sections. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Miss Marie Corkery

Student(s): Martin Madden AJ O Connor Conor Barry Stand No: 3536 Title: Super seol Overview: Tionscnamh a dhéanamh chun seol a dhearadh a thognn cumhacht as é féin nuair a bhíonn an gaoth ró cumhachtach. School: Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí County: Kerry Teacher: Ms Elaine Ní Dheargáin Student(s): Tadhg O Loingsigh John Kelly

SENIOR - GROUP Stand No: 3600 Title: Self sanitizing handle Overview: It is a self sanitising door handle that cleans the handle of germs before you touch it. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Mr Donal Enright Student(s): Michael Upton Cieran Scanlon Stand No: 3601 Title: Smart Pipe: An automated water circulation anti-freezing system Overview: Our project aims to create an automated system that circulates water around a house’s water pipes in order to prevent freezing at low temperatures. School: Kilkenny College County: Kilkenny Teacher: Mr John Poyntz Student(s): Matt Murtagh White Jamie Kerr Andrew Jeffers Stand No: 3602 Title: Zorin PC: A different kind of computer Overview: We have created a versatile, multi-functional, dual-boot, rotatable touch-screen laptop using our own operating system that brings the user experience to a whole new level. School: St Conleth’s College County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Seamus Callaghan Student(s): Kyrill Zorin Artyom Zorin Stand No: 3603 Title: The design and construction of a multi-touch tabletop computer Overview: We created a touch screen device and researched the concept of the Microsoft Surface, to discover a cheaper way to produce the exact same concept. School: Sutton Park School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Catherine Tattersall Student(s): Ian Harrison Caoimhe Barnes Stand No: 3604 Title: The impact of safety: A passive


energy absorbing safety system for road collisions Overview: We are developing a mechanism which will reduce the force of impact applied to both the car and pedestrian, if involved in an accident. School: Ursuline College County: Sligo Teacher: Mr Anthony Carolan Student(s): Anna Delargy Maeve Butler

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Stand No: 3605 Title: A new source of energy storing: Carbon nanotube batteries Overview: This project aims to show a new method of energy storage in batteries with fewer environmental flaws and less energy leakage. School: St Mac Dara’s Community College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Una Clarke Student(s): Sarah Shanahan Tara Byrne Jack Sperin Stand No: 3606 Title: Engineering an effective artificial intelligence system for the board game Risk Overview: To design a computerised artificial intelligence (AI) system for the board game ‘Risk’, which takes advantage of statistical probabilities involved in combat and creates a statistically superior player. School: Presentation College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Ian Lehane Student(s): Sean Phillips Shane Doyle Jonathan Peters Stand No: 3607 Title: iCollapse: A mobile phone application for assisting those who are liable to collapse Overview: A smartphone application that detects collapses using the in-built accelerometer. Upon detection the application contacts the emergency services, and offers on site help instructions. School: St. Gerald’s College County: Mayo Teacher: Mr Declan Askin Student(s): Luke Benson Donnchadh Barry Paul McDonagh Stand No: 3608 Title: Investigation into alternate water heating methods Overview: Using electromagnetic radiation to heat water in a home heating system. Microwaves heat water at a much faster & efficient means, our experiment investigates the feasibility of using microwaves to heat water. School: Coláiste Rís

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Biological & Ecological Sciences JUNIOR - INDIVIDUAL Stand No: 4100 Title: A spoonful of medicine Overview: This project concerns the accuracy of using spoons from the cutlery drawer in measuring 5ml doses of liquid medication and the possible harmful consequences. School: St Mary’s College County: Londonderry Teacher: Mrs Ann Blanking Student(s): Lavina Blanking Stand No: 4101 Title: Importance of cooling down a horse after exercise Overview: Investigate the most efficient way to cool down a horse after exercise. We will measure heart rate and breathing rate on different breeds of horses. School: Our Lady’s Bower - Athlone County: Westmeath Teacher: Mrs Ethna Benson Student(s): Cathy Mc Gettigan Stand No: 4102 Title: A statistical investigation of the influence of plant extracts on invertebrate physiology Overview: I wish to examine the behaviour of invertebrates when exposed to various plant extracts. I aim to identify any synergistic effect of extract combinations. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Ciara Judge Stand No: 4103 Title: Is the pattern of black and white inherited in a Holstein Friesian calf? What is the ratio of black to white ? Overview: My project aims are to see how Holstein Friesian calves inherit their black and white pattern, what then is the ratio of black to white. School: Bandon Grammar School County: Cork Teacher: Dr Edward Gash Student(s): Georgina Deane Stand No: 4104 Title: The comparison and development of farmyard manure pellets Overview: I am investigating three different farmyard manures on how they impact on the growth of peas. Using the best manure I will investigate the possibility of pelleting the manure. School: Community School County: Laois Teacher: Ms Louise Gallagher Student(s): Lorraine Smith Stand No: 4105 Title: Profile of lobsters caught in North Clare Overview: A case study of the size, gender and weight profile of lobster

caught by one boat in North Clare. School: Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna County: Clare Teacher: Mr John Sims Student(s): Stephen O’Connell Stand No: 4106 Title: Measuring your personal energy: Can it be done? Overview: The experiment I intend to do is to see if I can demonstrate a relationship between how energetic you feel and your actual strength. School: Willow Park School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Aoife Culhane Student(s): Lorcan Brophy Stand No: 4107 Title: An investigation into the posturing behaviour of farrowing sows and the interactions of sows with their piglets Overview: I decided to conduct my project on the posturing behaviour of sows pre and post farrowing and the interactions of sows with their piglets from birth to weaning. School: St Joseph’s Secondary School County: Mayo Teacher: Ms Maria McHugh Student(s): Rebecca McDonnell Stand No: 4108 Title: The worm turns Overview: The use of faecal egg counts to show that chemical wormers reduce the worm parasite burden in horses and the health financial and environmental benefits of this. School: Our Lady’s Bower - Athlone County: Westmeath Teacher: Ms Orla Hanniffy Student(s): Kate Gibney Stand No: 4109 Title: Are potted plants plotting? Overview: If we maintain a healthy environment indoors, we can ensure that we lead a life full of activity and enjoy good health too. School: Piper’s Hill College County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Mairead Ryan Student(s): Aditya Krishnan

INTERMEDIATE - INDIVIDUAL Stand No: 4200 Title: The use of soft multi-biometrics to accurately identify people Overview: My project is about the parallel use of soft multi-biometrics in identifying people. School: Skerries Community College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Katie Corbett Student(s): Eamon Hennelly Mc Carthy Stand No: 4201 Title: Paediatric resuscitation: How reliable are existing weight estimation

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methods in Ireland? Overview: This project looks at which weight estimation method is the best and proposes a new length/weight tape and age/weight table, accurate for Irish children. School: St Eunan’s College County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Anne Coll Student(s): Eoin Farrell Stand No: 4202 Title: A potential economic alternative healing property in third world countries Overview: I am investigating spider webs which contain vitamin K, a clotting and healing agent to heal wounds. I am researching about spiders and their use for humans. School: Holy Child Secondary School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Regina Greehy Student(s): Una Mary McCarthy Deering Stand No: 4203 Title: Smart seed delivery systems Overview: I aim to insert grass seeds into hydrogels in an effort to enhance their growth, this could prove beneficial to arid third world countries. School: Our Lady’s Bower - Athlone County: Westmeath Teacher: Mrs Ethna Benson Student(s): Eileen Reidy Stand No: 4204 Title: It’s a bogs Life: An ecological study of Doire bhile Bog Overview: I am researching the biodiversity and the different inhabitants living in Doire bhile bog, Littleton, Co. Tipperary. School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Olivia O’Brien Student(s): Brid Og Dwyer Stand No: 4205 Title: Does the exposure of a shore affect the shells of Nucella lapillus Overview: I am looking to see if the exposure of a shore has an affect on the size and shape of the shells of Nucella lapillus. School: Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna County: Clare Teacher: Mr John Sims Student(s): Aisling O’Rourke Stand No: 4206 Title: An gaol idir chaitheamh tobac agus an mhothú faoi boladh a iniúchadh Overview: The aim of my project is to study the effect of smoking habits on a person’s sense of smell. School: Coláiste Ailigh County: Donegal Teacher: Mr Micheál Ó Giobúin Student(s): Aisling Breen

Stand No: 4207 Title: ‘Food by us’ for poultry Overview: Organic household waste made into pellet form which can be fed back to poultry and with the possibilities of adding medicines/vaccinations to fight against poultry diseases. School: Our Lady’s Secondary School Monaghan County: Monaghan Teacher: Ms Alicia Mc Manus Student(s): John Duffy Stand No: 4208 Title: Are anti-pimple agents truly effective against pimple-causing microorganisms? Overview: My project investigates how effective over-the-counter treatments are in eliminating spots. I am going to scientifically test the most popular antipimple treatments and chart my results. School: Presentation College County: Galway Teacher: Ms Jane McAteer Student(s): Aoife Kelleher Stand No: 4209 Title: Natural cure for midget bites Overview: I have tested my remedy (lavender essential oil and vegetable oil) on a group of volunteers after being subjected to midgets which proved successful as it cured the bites compared to an antihistamine and placebo which failed to cure the bites. School: Coláiste na Sceilge County: Kerry Teacher: Ms Máire Ní Shúilleabháin Student(s): Noelle Galvin Stand No: 4210 Title: Garden rainfall: The value of private collection Overview: This project will investigate how much rainfall could be collected in an average Dublin garden, saving water for the Council and money for the gardener. School: The High School - Dublin County: Dublin Teacher: Dr Carol Whitford Student(s): John Swanwick Stand No: 4211 Title: Imscrúdú a dheanamh ar an leibhéal siúcrós i dtorthaí úra, atá ar fáil i siopaí Eirinneach, ag úsáid athraonmhéadar. Overview: Teastaíonn uaim imscrúdú a dhéanamh ar cruinneas an eolas cothaitheach a thugann buneolas an USDA dúinn ag baint úsáid as athraonmhéadar. School: Coláiste Iosagáin County: Dublin Teacher: Miss Orla de Bhailís Student(s): Richéal Ní Laoghaire Stand No: 4212 Title: Are food labels as accurate as we think they are?


Overview: I hope to investigate the energy levels of a variety of foods, and want to compare my results to those stated on the food label. School: Newbridge College County: Kildare Teacher: Mr Dermot Walsh Student(s): Katerine Murphy Stand No: 4213 Title: Can prebiotics survive stomach conditions and if so do they contribute to increased bacteria growth in the intestines Overview: Can acidic conditions prevent action of various beneficial prebiotics in the stomach and thus effect growth of bacterial numbers in the intestines of humans. School: Castleknock College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Sandra Tiernan Student(s): Ross Ward Stand No: 4214 Title: An investigation into the prevalence and prevention of primary tower limb and back injuries Overview: I was inspired to carry out a search on this topic as I have experienced several lower limb and back injures while playing at a high level of tennis. I began to question the reasoning behind the recurrences of these injuries and develop an injury prevention programme limiting the number of lower limb and back injuries that are sustained in young tennis athletes. School: Mount Anville Secondary School County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Bernard Crampton Student(s): Aoife Ryan Stand No: 4215 Title: The use of gait analysis for detection of musculo-skeletal disorders in show/pedigree/non-pedigree breeds of dog Overview: My aim is to detect musculoskeletal disorders in dogs using video gait analysis, focusing mainly on the hip and shoulder joints. School: St Vincent’s Secondary School County: Louth Teacher: Mr John White Student(s): Rachel Bothwell Stand No: 4216 Title: Does an ear-crease increase your risk of arterial stiffness? Overview: I am investigating the link between diet and lifestyle habits plus earlobe creases and arterial stiffness. School: Presentation Secondary School - Milltown County: Kerry Teacher: Mr Daniel McKenna Student(s): Niamh MacSweeney Stand No: 4217 Title: Japanese Knotweed: Is it spreading

in North Clare? Overview: In this project I am mapping Japanese Knotweed in North Clare and estimating the expansion rate of clusters using data from previous research. School: Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna County: Clare Teacher: Mr John Sims Student(s): Roisin Kelly

SENIOR- INDIVIDUAL Stand No: 4300 Title: A study of allicin and an investigation of its potential use in combating antibacterial resistance Overview: A study of allicin and an investigation of its potential use in combating antibacterial resistance. School: Presentation Secondary School County: Wexford Teacher: Ms Caroline Ryan Student(s): Yunwoo Lee Stand No: 4301 Title: The effect sea fern population density has on gametophyte sex determination Overview: Does the density of sea fern colonies determine if they produce male or female gametes. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Jacqueline Farrell Student(s): Luke Jennings Stand No: 4302 Title: An ecological investigation into falling river fish stocks Overview: An investigation into ecological factors that may be causing a decrease in fish stocks in the River Blackwater. School: Coláiste Cholmáin County: Cork Teacher: Mrs Teresa Kearney Student(s): Wayne Coleman Stand No: 4303 Title: Effect of ultraviolet irradiation on the vitamin D2 content of mushrooms Overview: Mushrooms will be propagated with and without UV light. Vitamin D2 levels will be measured by HPLC before and after cooking. School: St Andrew’s College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Hilary Rimbi Student(s): Grace Rothwell-Kelly Stand No: 4304 Title: To investigate the best conditions for suckler cattle to thrive Overview: To investigate the best living conditions for bull calves to thrive in order to gain maximum profit from weight gain (mass gain). School: Ard Scoil Na Tríonóide County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Caroline Concannon Student(s): Patrick Whelan

Stand No: 4305 Title: An investigation into the TABATA training programme Overview: For this project I will examine the effect the TABATA exercise training program has on the human body and mind. School: Coláiste Cholmáin County: Cork Teacher: Ms. Siobhan O’ Connor Student(s): Jack Geary Stand No: 4306 Title: A study of muscle loading and joint contact forces during a variety of steps in Irish dance Overview: I hope to show the muscle loading and joint contact forces in Irish dancing steps and research the injuries that can result from Irish dancing. School: Jesus & Mary Secondary School County: Sligo Teacher: Ms Margaret Kenny Student(s): Ciara O’Dowd

JUNIOR - GROUP Stand No: 4400 Title: An investigation into the feeding behaviour of a domesticated rodent Overview: We have carried out an investigation to find out the favourite food of a domesticated dwarf hamster. School: The Teresian School Donnybrook County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Terry Glass Student(s): Kitty McGuinness Sophie Lynch Sophie Rutledge Stand No: 4401 Title: Using the bioremediation abilities and mycelium structure of oyster mushrooms to reduce PHC waste Overview: We are investigating the bioremediation capabilities of oyster mushrooms on PHC waste materials, such as polystyrene. School: Sutton Park School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Catherine Tattersall Student(s): Joe Deegan Sarah Deneher Stand No: 4402 Title: To study the distribution of lichens in Cork city graveyards Overview: We aim to study the variety and distribution of lichens in the Cork City area, including the effects of shade, rainfall and surface on them. School: Douglas Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Cian O’Mahony Student(s): Kyle Twomey Alan Johnston

Overview: We will investigate the effect of over the counter medicines on the heart rate of daphnia. School: Magh Ene College County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Yvonne Higgins Student(s): Rachel McGloin Emer McGurran Stand No: 4404 Title: Investigating the effect of metal ions on bacterial growth Overview: This project concerns the effect of metal ions on bacterial growth of e.coli. School: St Mary’s College County: Londonderry Teacher: Mrs Ann Blanking Student(s): Justine Munoz Aoife Bolster Stand No: 4405 Title: Investigation into the effects of organic fertiliser compared to a commercial brand Overview: Our wormery converted organic waste into liquid compost. We wish to compare this compost to a leading commercial brand on the development of lettuce. School: Methodist College County: Antrim Teacher: Dr Fionnuala Quinn Student(s): Peter Morrison Maya Quinn Caitlin Irwin Stand No: 4406 Title: To investigate the effectiveness of homemade detergents to manufactured detergents and hence reduce our carbon footprint Overview: To compare the effectiveness of homemade cleaning detergents to manufactured detergents and hence to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the number of chemicals used. School: Ardgillan Community College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Aoife Smith Student(s): Frank McLoughlin Ruaidhri Kennedy Stand No: 4407 Title: A study of the effect of adding different amounts of lithium to water on the growth of radish seedlings Overview: In our study we will investigate the adding of different amounts of lithium to water on the growth of radish seedlings. School: Dominican College - Wicklow County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr John O’Brien Student(s): Alison Fahey Gemma Byrne Annie Connolly

Stand No: 4403 Title: To investigate the effects of over the counter medicines on the heart rate of daphnia

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Biological & Ecological Sciences Stand No: 4408 Title: To investigate the level of bacteria on professional make-up brushes and testers in leading department stores and pharmacies Overview: We will investigate the levels of micro organisms on make up testers in leading pharmacies and applicators used by beauty therapists in leading department stores. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Ms Lorraine Marron Student(s): Nora Spillane Enya Mc Namara Stand No: 4409 Title: Changes in diversity and population size of woodlice species following disturbance Overview: To compare and account for changes in the presence and population size of woodlice species following extensive redevelopment since a previous 2000 survey. School: Wellington College County: Antrim Teacher: Mr David Cardwell Student(s): Chelsea Anderson Sarah Jackson Stand No: 4410 Title: Does age affect your sense of smell? Overview: Our project is to investigate whether age affects your sense of smell. We predict that younger people have a better sense of smell. School: St Colmcille’s Community School County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Leila Martin Student(s): Nicola O’Reilly Ciara O’Toole Stand No: 4411 Title: The study of booklice (Psocoptera) and their prevalence in Cork libraries Overview: This is a study of Psocoptera, their prevalence in libraries in the Cork area and an investigation into any problems caused. School: Douglas Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Cian O’Mahony Student(s): Conor O’Gorman Ronan Byrne Paul Wood Stand No: 4412 Title: A urine fertiliser Overview: This project investigates the possibility of using urine as an alternative to commercial fertiliser in the growing of plants. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Miss Marie Corkery Student(s): Shane Lee Liam Upton Jack Fanning

Stand No: 4413 Title: The impact of changes in urban fuel use on lichen populations: A statistical investigation Overview: Our project aims to assess whether the introduction of the smokeless fuel ban has affected the growth of lichens, which are biological indicators of pollution. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Hugh Whelan Ciara Boyle Stand No: 4414 Title: A general study of ambidextrousness and coordination of right/left handed people Overview: We want to examine whether right/left handed people have any advantages in talents such as; maths/ art/grammar/music. Also, see if we can improve our own coordination/dexterity. School: St Andrew’s College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Nicky King Student(s): Richard Neville Daniel Cosgrave Eliot O’Boyce Stand No: 4415 Title: Investigating the exothermic nature of worms in varying temperatures of soil Overview: We are investigating the relationship between the exothermic nature of worms, in relation to the position they are found in soils of varying temperature. School: Rathmore Gs County: Antrim Teacher: Mr Dermot Graham Student(s): Daniel Miskimmon Maria Liddy Daniel Duffy Stand No: 4416 Title: The covering behaviour of Paracentrotus lividus Overview: We are looking at the covering behaviour of Paracentrotus lividus both on the shore in Doolin and in laboratory trials. School: Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Lisdoonvarna County: Clare Teacher: Mr John Sims Student(s): Rhianna McMahon Niamh McNamara Stand No: 4417 Title: Correcting behaviour in the woodlouse Overview: Choices made by woodlice when forced to make turns or a choice. Can they ‘learn’ a route through a maze? School: Abbey Christian Brothers Gs County: Down Teacher: Mrs Margaret Lane Student(s): Sean Lane Cormac Rea

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Stand No: 4418 Title: Silage versus strawlage Overview: Comparative weight gain of two heifer calves. One fed on silage and meal. And the other fed on strawlage (mixed straw/grass rapped) and meal. School: Coláiste Bhríde County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Elma Nolan Student(s): Martin Doyle Harry Winterbotham

stocks in Co. Cork Overview: Our project aims to see if salmon numbers have increased in the rivers in the south-west area of Cork following the ban on drift netting. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Zoe Fennell Sarah O Callaghan Sophie Lisson

Stand No: 4419 Title: To investigate the effect of stereopsis and other eye conditions on the ability to watch films and television in 3D Overview: To investigate a link between the eye conditions; stereopsis, astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia and the discomfort/lack of enjoyment in viewing 3D TV and film. School: East Glendalough School County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Claire Minogue Student(s): Andrew Moore Grainne Allen

Stand No: 4424 Title: Getting rid of dust mites Overview: We are going to test nine pieces of carpet, which have been infected by dust mites, to see which one is most effective. School: St Conleth’s College County: Dublin Teacher: Miss Gobnait NiAonghusa Student(s): Dara Casey Oisin Herbots

Stand No: 4420 Title: All washed up Overview: We will conduct an investigation into the items that are washed up on Killard beach. We will compare and analyse both our and historical data. School: Wellington College County: Antrim Teacher: Mr David Cardwell Student(s): Hali Sharpe Courtney Henderson Rachel Gardiner Stand No: 4421 Title: A statistical study of the public’s attitude to commercial chemically treated food and whether genetically modified alternatives are preferred Overview: We will examine the attitudes to the chemical treatment of food. We will see if genetically modified food is preferred to those produced commercially. School: Kinsale Community School County: Cork Teacher: Mr Shaun Holly Student(s): Lisa Desmond Rachel Butler Marie O’Leary Stand No: 4422 Title: The life of a pinecone Overview: Our project is to observe the life of a pinecone on and off the tree. School: St. Jarlath’s College County: Galway Teacher: Mr Clive Monahan Student(s): Morgan Walsh-Roberts Darren Coppinger Stand No: 4423 Title: An investigation of the impact of the salmon drift netting ban on salmon

Stand No: 4425 Title: Champion conkers: the science of winning Overview: We wish to investigate the properties of a champion conker and investigate the merit of various conker treatments to improve performance. School: Coláiste Muire - Crosshaven County: Cork Teacher: Ms Mary O’Dowd Student(s): Luke Fehily Caolán McCarthy David Hurley Stand No: 4426 Title: An investigation into finding an alternative to petroleum based inks to prevent food contamination from packaging Overview: Food contamination from the ink found in recycled cardboard was a recent health issue. We investigated finding an alternative to petroleum based inks. School: Ballyclare High School County: Antrim Teacher: Mrs Nicola Craig Student(s): Meg McWhirter Rebekah McNeill Stand No: 4427 Title: An bhfuil an éifeacht ag an uirlis ceoil a sheinnean tú ar a méid do scamhóga? Overview: Tá muid ag iarraidh fhail amach ma sheinnean tú uirlis gaoth an mbeidh toirt scamhógach nios mó i gcompraid le daoine a sheinnean uirlis eile. School: Coláiste Ailigh County: Donegal Teacher: Mr Shane Ó Breacáin Student(s): Naoibh Nic Shearraigh Cristian O Scallaí Anna Ní Ghallachoir Stand No: 4428 Title: Is there a genetic supertaster


component controlling the Irish choice of tea? Overview: Our project will investigate whether the Irish choice of tea is due to the supertaster phenomenon, using a range of tests accepted by known scientists. School: Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan County: Dublin Teacher: Dr. Niamh Mc Nally Student(s): Lorna Mooney Julie O’Connor Shannon Scott Stand No: 4429 Title: Do certain cells (plants/animals) react to external concentrations of artificial sweeteners in the same way as glucose and sucrose? Overview: We plan to investigate if certain cells (e.g. plants/animals) react to external concentrations of artificial sweeteners in the same way as glucose and sucrose. School: St Vincent’s Secondary School County: Louth Teacher: Mr John White Student(s): Elizabeth Marcus Sarah McAdam Stand No: 4430 Title: The science behind 3D Overview: We want to investigate the science behind 3D and we want to investigate the connection between 3D, the eye and colour blindness. School: St Kevin’s Community College County: Wicklow Teacher: Mr Mark Howley Student(s): Maeve Murray Wendy Daynes Stand No: 4431 Title: Effect of vermitea/vermicompost on plant growth Overview: Our project investigates the effect of vermitea and vermicompost on the growth of plants. School: St Peter’s Community School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Martina Drohan Student(s): Orla Higgins Eimear O’Connor

ag chineálacha difriúla mil Overview: My project will compare the effect of different types of honey on bacteria growing on agar plates. School: Coláiste Ailigh County: Donegal Teacher: Mr Micheál Ó Giobúin Student(s): Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí Mícheál Piaras Ó Ceallaigh Stand No: 4434 Title: The effects that different stimulants have on adrenaline levels in the body Overview: The aim of our project is to find out the best stimulant to get your adrenaline pumping be it; mental, physical or chemical. School: St Vincent’s Secondary School County: Louth Teacher: Ms Laura McGrory Student(s): Orla Shelly Emma McShane Stand No: 4435 Title: Jump higher, run faster? Overview: We want to test whether there is any connection between the height an individual can jump and the speed an individual can run. School: Loreto College - St Stephens Green County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Yseult Whitaker Student(s): Dervla Brennan Megan Mulgrew Victoria Brunton

INTERMEDIATE - GROUP Stand No: 4500 Title: Association of daily salivary alpha-amylase activity with heart rate variability with a view to understand stress levels Overview: We want to investigate if the production of alpha-amylase in your mouth is affected by the amount of stress you are under. School: Coláiste Phádraig - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Mr Kevin Carey Student(s): Aaron Clancy Adam Conlon

Stand No: 4432 Title: A qualitative analysis of plankton changes in Killala Bay Overview: We are going to look at plankton changes over time by getting samples , identify different species, examine under microscope and draw graphs recording our findings. School: Jesus & Mary Secondary School County: Sligo Teacher: Mr Luke Sanders Student(s): Saoirse O’Dowd Orlagh O’Dowd Sinead O’Dowd

Stand No: 4501 Title: Nutritional value of school lunch menus Overview: We aim to analyse the nutritional values of the school lunch menus and to check what schools have better eating habits. School: Salesian College - Celbridge County: Kildare Teacher: Mr Jorge Andres Student(s): Kevin Doyle Andrew Owens Kieran Mc Namara

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Stand No: 4502 Title: Can you tell the time of day by your body temperature?

Overview: This project will investigate if it’s really possible to tell the time of the day based on body temperature. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Miss Marie Corkery Student(s): Orlaith Condon Nikita Derwin Stand No: 4503 Title: To investigate the effect of the dawn phenomenon on type 1 insulin dependent diabetics Overview: We aim to investigate the effects of the dawn phenomenon on type 1 insulin dependent diabetics and to prove if they’re all affected by it. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Mr Hugh O’Callaghan Student(s): Aoife O’ Flaherty Grace Cusack Stand No: 4504 Title: A study on the effects of naturally occurring fluoride on West Corks water supply Overview: Finding out the levels of fluoride in the water before it arrives at houses and afterwards, to see if natural occurring fluoride increases fluoride levels. School: Clonakilty Community College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Patrick O Keeffe Student(s): Brian Chan Cianan Zee Stand No: 4505 Title: An investigation into the effect of hen feed on egg quality Overview: We intend to test seven laying hens fed on commercial laying pellets and seven fed on household waste, and compare the eggs produced by each. School: Magh Ene College County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Yvonne Higgins Student(s): Niall McSharry Jack Roden Julian Pawloski Stand No: 4506 Title: To investigate the action of thigmotropism and the effect of plant growth regulators on this action Overview: We have grown plants and will now look at the action of thigmotropism and see the effect that growth regulators (ABA,IAA,NAA,24D) will have on them. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Mrs Karina Lyne Student(s): Anna O’Sullivan Caoimhe O’Keeffe Stand No: 4507 Title: Is chlorine making your hair boring? Overview: Damage to hair left in chlorinated water is compared to a

control sample by examination under electron microscope. Structure, colour damage and texture is assessed. School: Colaiste Mhuire - Askeaton County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Grainne Histon Student(s): Maria Prendeville Roseanna Shanahan Rachel Foley Stand No: 4508 Title: A study of the effectiveness of vibrating platforms in building muscle tone. Overview: We will investigate whether vibrating platforms such as the Powerplate build up muscle tone and provide a total body workout as claimed by the manufacturers. School: Our Lady’s Bower - Athlone County: Westmeath Teacher: Mrs Ethna Benson Student(s): Orla O’Connor Claire Connor Renata Downes Stand No: 4509 Title: An investigation of the effectiveness of wood chippings in reducing lameness in cattle standing on out-wintering pads and to absorb effluent efficiently Overview: Investigating the potential of wood chippings to serve as a soft lying surface in out-wintering pads to reduce lameness in cattle and absorb effluent efficiently. School: St Joseph’s College - Lucan County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Michelle Dunne Student(s): Aoife Clancy Grace O’Shea Alannah Burns Stand No: 4510 Title: Do fallen arches affect an athletes performance? Overview: We have decided to investigate the structure of orthotics as a project and find out if insoles affect an athletes performance. School: Blackwater Community School County: Waterford Teacher: Ms Ann-Marie Lineen Student(s): Aidan Dwyer Shane Kenny Mikey O’Neill Stand No: 4511 Title: The effects of grassland management on plants and animals Overview: To determine how different agricultural grassland management systems can affect plant and invertebrate populations in the soil. School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Patricia Stapleton Student(s): Rebecca Scally Niamh Phelan Katie Murphy

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Biological & Ecological Sciences Stand No: 4512 Title: Can natural coagulants be used to reduce turbidity in water? Overview: We want to find out if natural environmentally friendly coagulants can be used as an alternative to harmful chemicals. School: Blackwater Community School County: Waterford Teacher: Ms Ann-Marie Lineen Student(s): Paul O’ Mahony Shane Murray Brian Murphy Stand No: 4513 Title: Comparison of cardiopulmonary fitness levels of different groups in today’s society Overview: Our project is based on comparing the cardio pulmonary fitness levels of young adolescents in our society today. School: Scoil Muire gan Smál Roscommon County: Roscommon Teacher: Mr Padraig Harlow Student(s): Emma Doyle Laoise O’Shaughnessy Stand No: 4514 Title: Differences in peoples perception of natural and synthetic scents Overview: Our project looks at the difference in people’s perception of smell, and if our genes allow us to differentiate natural and synthetic scents. School: St Wolstan’s Community School County: Kildare Teacher: Mr Brian Lawlor Student(s): Caitríona Eves Alswyn Hennessy Doyle Sarah Hart Stand No: 4515 Title: An tionchar atá ag fána ar dríodar, fósfait agus nitrigín caillte i abhainneacha, shruthanna agus lochanna Overview: Ba mhaith linn a fheicéail an bhfuil tionchar ag fána ar dríodar ó pháirc ar chaighdéan an uisce in abhainn atá in aice páirce. School: Coláiste Oiriall County: Monaghan Teacher: Ms Blaithin Mc Mahon Student(s): Tara Ní Raghaillaigh Eoghan Mac Domhnaill Fionnuala Ní Chathmhaoil Stand No: 4516 Title: What happens when you swallow your chewing gum? Overview: We are putting different types of chewing gum through a replica of the digestive system and seeing the effects. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Ms Lorraine Marron Student(s): Patrick Harris Laura Sweeny

Stand No: 4517 Title: The design and development of a modified atmosphere fruit bowl Overview: Our idea is to design and construct a fruit bowl that will keep fruit and veg fresh for longer. School: Clonakilty Community College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Patrick O Keeffe Student(s): Ruadhán FitzGerald Jack Butler Conor Ryan Stand No: 4518 Title: Snail slime and muscle power: The secret of their success Overview: To what extent can snail slime and muscle power help to overcome adversity? School: Wellington College County: Antrim Teacher: Mr David Cardwell Student(s): Olivia McCulla Aimee Flannagan Amy McNamara Stand No: 4519 Title: Absorption of toxic chemicals by fresh pig skin Overview: Testing different substances on skin (fresh pig skin) to see the level and extent of absorption and possible effects. School: Scoil Muire gan Smál Roscommon County: Roscommon Teacher: Mr Padraig Harlow Student(s): Nessa Hughes Katie Brandon Bronagh Mc Carthy Stand No: 4520 Title: The effect radiation has on seeds and flowers Overview: The affect different types of radiation have on germinating seeds and flowers. School: Blackwater Community School County: Waterford Teacher: Ms Ann-Marie Lineen Student(s): Cian Farrar Adam King Darragh Prendergast Stand No: 4521 Title: To investigate the factors that affect the heart rate of Daphnia Overview: Daphnia are commonly called water fleas. Our project compares the affect of various energy drinks, light, PH on the heart rate of Daphnia. School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Olivia O’Brien Student(s): Hazel Quigley Emma Kerwick Shauna O’Flynn Stand No: 4522 Title: An investigative study on the growth of sporobolomyces roseus as an indicator of air quality in contrasting

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rural and urban locations Overview: We wish to investigate how air quality affects the growth of the yeast sporobolomyces roseus on different plant species in rural and urban locations. School: Hazelwood College County: Limerick Teacher: Ms Marie O’Connor Student(s): Clare Fehin Brídann Cronin Stand No: 4523 Title: Fiosrú ar éifeacht sneachta ar speiceas fuschia difriúl Overview: Táimid chun fiosrú a dhéanamh ar an éifeacht atá ag an sneachta ar na speiseas fuschia atá anois in ann cónaí tríd an gheimhreadh. School: Coláiste Chilliain County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Doireann de Nógla Student(s): Emer Ní Earnáin Sinéad Ní Mhurchú Aoife Ní Bhriain Stand No: 4524 Title: An investigation into how electricity affects plant growth Overview: A series of experiments to study and document how electricity affects the growth of plants and their colour. School: Ballinamore Post Primary Schools County: Leitrim Teacher: Mr Eamon Geoghegan Student(s): Daniel Gallagher Joshua Gilheany Stand No: 4525 Title: Do tea bags have a positive effect on plant growth? Overview: Our project will investigate if putting tea bags in our compost really does have a positive effect on plant growth. School: Blackwater Community School County: Waterford Teacher: Ms Ann-Marie Lineen Student(s): Dara Sheehan Caoimhe Cotter Carol O’ Leary Stand No: 4526 Title: An tionchar atá ag siúlóidí , dreapadóireacht, agus turasóireacht ar Shliabh an Earagail. Overview: Our project will examine the effect that tourism, hill walking and mountain climbing is having on our local mountain, Errigal and its surrounding bogland habitat. School: Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Susan Ní Loinsigh Student(s): Gracie Ní Rabhartaigh Emma Ní Rabhartaigh Brid Ní Chanainn Stand No: 4527 Title: Is being able to touch your toes important? Overview: Hamstring sports injuries are

very common. This project investigates hamstring flexibility in the adolescent population, a group that are underrepresented in the research literature. School: Schull Community College County: Cork Teacher: Dr Larissa Kelly Student(s): Darryl Connell Clodagh O’Callaghan Stand No: 4528 Title: The effect of caffeine on the rate of seed germination Overview: Our project is to find out if different concentrations of caffeine will affect the rate of germination in a selection of monocotyledon and dicotyledon seeds. School: Davitt College County: Mayo Teacher: Ms Fiona Gill Student(s): Fintan Murphy Keith Mulchrone Shane Nugent Stand No: 4529 Title: Fish oils versus cooked fish: Which benefits more? Overview: To investigate improvement in handwriting, memory and spelling after an eight week period of taking either fish-oils everyday or eating cooked fish three times weekly. School: Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan County: Dublin Teacher: Dr. Niamh Mc Nally Student(s): Alice O’Neill Megan Freeman Victoria Fitzsimons Stand No: 4530 Title: To investigate how different diets (high carbohydrate, protein, fats) affect the bodies physical performance Overview: Our project aims to examine the physical advantages and disadvantages of eating diets consisting of different constituencies (carbohydrates, protein or fat). School: Franciscan College County: Meath Teacher: Ms Pauline Murphy Student(s): Robert Tully Cormac De Faoite Seán Hayes Stand No: 4531 Title: The effect of grey water run off on daphnia Overview: We would like to investigate if grey water run off would affect the life of daphnia and in turn affect the aquatic life food chain. School: Blackwater Community School County: Waterford Teacher: Mrs Bridget Taaffe Student(s): Megan Barry Cathy Toomey Johanna Houlihan Stand No: 4532 Title: A study of the affect of video games on the body


Overview: To find what affect, if any, certain genres of video game have on the body in relation to blood pressure and heart rate. School: Community School County: Roscommon Teacher: Ms Pauline Dervin Student(s): Dylan Carlos Gavin Callaghan John Caulfield Stand No: 4533 Title: Do athletic people have a greater lung capacity than non-athletic people? Overview: We would like to investigate whether there is a difference in lung capacity between athletic and nonathletic teenagers. School: Ardscoil Ris County: Limerick Teacher: Mrs Diane Condon Student(s): Kevin Dunne Keith Clifford Jamie Clifford Stand No: 4534 Title: To investigate if inverted sugar is better utilised than uninverted sugar Overview: We want to investigate how to make the production of honey faster and cheaper by adding lemon salts to the feed during the winter season. School: Bandon Grammar School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Paula McGrath Student(s): Zoe Newenham Acacia Taylor Karen Sweetnam Stand No: 4535 Title: Meares-Irlen Syndrome Overview: Meares-Irlen Syndrome is more commonly known as visual stress, is the experience of unpleasant visual symptoms when reading off white paper, especially after a long time. School: Coláiste Choilm County: Cork Teacher: Mrs Karina Lyne Student(s): Máire Ní Bhuachalla Sorcha Nic Mheanmain Stand No: 4536 Title: Cén fath a d’tharlíonn gothaithe cruciate i GAA? Overview: Tá muid chun fiosrú Cen fath a dtarlaíonn gortaithe Cruciate i GAA níos mó ná 8 spoirt eile agus ceard na iad na fathanna. School: Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin County: Galway Teacher: Mrs Neasa Mhic Dhonncha Student(s): Muireann Ní Fhátharta Aideen Bhreathnach Chelsea Ní Cheara Stand No: 4537 Title: A study of air pollution in the Thurles area using lichens as bioindicators Overview: We are investigating air pollution in the Thurles area and in the countryside using lichens on trees as bio-indicators.

School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Olivia O’Brien Student(s): Megan Fanning Aine Roft Amy Ryan Stand No: 4538 Title: Is white and bright always right? Overview: To investigate teeth whitening; the effects its use has on our teeth, to test different teeth whitening product and, to discover the cheapest, safest and best way. School: Jesus & Mary Secondary School County: Sligo Teacher: Mr Luke Saunders Student(s): Katie Browne Mae Gregg Leighanne Halligan Stand No: 4539 Title: To investigate the relationship between low body condition score and low milk lactose levels in the late lactation cow Overview: Our project is based on finding out if there is a correlation between low lactose levels and low body condition scores in the late lactation cow. School: Loreto Secondary School County: Cork Teacher: Dr Lynda Meiklejohn Student(s): Michaela O’Donovan Grainne Kearney Niamh Dolan Stand No: 4540 Title: Ciotógach agus scríobhnóireacht scathán Overview: Tá muid chun fiosrú an bhfuil cumas níos fearr ag daoine ciotógach scríobh scathanach a dhéanamh de bharr an taobh den inchinn a úsáideann siad. School: Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin County: Galway Teacher: Mrs Neasa Mhic Dhonncha Student(s): Seán Ó Gríofa Ciarán Mac Cárthaigh Stand No: 4541 Title: Daphnia as a teaching aid: What are the best conditions for their survival? Overview: We would like to investigate the optimum survival conditions for Daphnia, so they may be used as an educational tool in Junior Certificate science. School: Dominican College - Galway County: Galway Teacher: Ms Laura Thornton Student(s): Karen Conroy Claire O’Keeffe Sinead Keenan Stand No: 4542 Title: Omega-3 rich eggs Overview: Our project for the BT young scientist is to increase the omega-3 content in eggs by feeding laying hens feed that is high in omega-3.

School: Colaiste Treasa County: Cork Teacher: Mrs Maighread O Leary Student(s): James Bourke Stephan Murphy Michael Healy Stand No: 4543 Title: A quantitative investigation into the distribution of macroscopic and microscopic plastic particles on the beaches of South West Ireland. Overview: Investigate the distribution of both macroscopic (large/visible) and microscopic (invisible to the human eye) plastic particles on the beaches of South West Ireland. School: St. Angela’s College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Joe Sheehy Student(s): Clodagh Quilter Emer O’Sullivan Stand No: 4544 Title: Chun imscrúdúa dhéanamh ar leibhéal traillithe sna Abhainn na Finne agus na bainc cheannais abhainn Overview: An bhfuil thruaillithe sna uisce cúis go bhfuil díolháil ar an orgánacht san uisce. School: Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Noirin Ni Dhonaill Student(s): Therese Ní Giolla Eaisbuig Clár Ní Cheallaigh Aanna Ní Laughin Stand No: 4545 Title: Abair slán le scagdhealú! Overview: Tá muide ag dul scagóir duánach a dhearadh a chuirfidh deireadh le scagdhealú. School: Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin County: Galway Teacher: Mrs Neasa Mhic Dhonncha Student(s): Martha Ní Fhlatharta Niamh Ní Fhlatharta Peadar Ó Dugáin Stand No: 4546 Title: Will magnification help accelerate solar water disinfection? Overview: Our project on SODIS is continued from last year. We’re experimenting if the speed of SODIS (solar water disinfection) can be increased by use of magnification. School: De La Salle College County: Louth Teacher: Ms Cara Mc Adam Student(s): Christopher O’Hagan Paddy Geoghegan Stand No: 4547 Title: The power of simple homemade stain removers Overview: We are aiming to see the effectiveness of homemade stain removers on different stains and fabrics. We will compare commercial and homemade stain removers financially. School: Notre Dame Des Missions County: Dublin Teacher: Miss T Byrne

Student(s): Sarah Disney Saoirse Sheehy Ariff Stand No: 4548 Title: A quantitative and qualitative study on the effects of different diets on pheasant chicks Overview: An investigation into the effects of different types of food on two different groups of pheasant chicks. We will study the variation in body weight, body length, liveliness and susceptibility to disease. School: Roscommon Vocational School County: Roscommon Teacher: Ms. Mary Concar Student(s): Daithi Kennedy Arron Cribbon David Carroll Stand No: 4549 Title: Can Irish grown dessert apples substitute imported dessert apples? Overview: We are seeking to establish if Irish grown dessert apples can gain a market share from imported dessert apples which is worth over €100 million. School: St. Macartan’s College County: Monaghan Teacher: Mr. Paul West Student(s): Killian Lavelle Colin Todd Stand No: 4550 Title: To investigate the effects of MSG on brain cell lines and intestinal cells Overview: Our project involves testing the effects of varied concentrate levels of monosodium glutamate on brain cell lines and intestinal cells which we will grow ourselves. School: Loreto College - Foxrock County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Helen Hennessy Student(s): Kate Brayden Sian Roberts-Walsh Stand No: 4551 Title: Response in native fish to environmental stress Overview: A controlled laboratory study of the impact of environmental changes to the response of native fish species. School: Rice College County: Mayo Teacher: Mr Peter McManamon Student(s): James Poole John Hewer Stand No: 4552 Title: Whizzer Whitening Strips, do they really work? Overview: We are going to investigate the effects to see if they really give the whitening result they say they can give. School: Scoil Muire gan Smál Roscommon County: Roscommon Teacher: Mr Padraig Harlow Student(s): Julia Mulry Maria Collins

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Biological & Ecological Sciences Stand No: 4553 Title: ‘Senecio Jacobaea’ (Ragwort): Yellow peril or precious flower? Overview: Our project deals with the biodiversity of ‘Senecio Jacobaea (Ragwort), examining its life cycle, its nectar dependance and critically its negative impact. School: Athlone Community College County: Westmeath Teacher: Mr James McGrath Student(s): Paul Connaughton Neil Dermody Jamie O’Kane Stand No: 4554 Title: An investigation into the effectiveness of a natural anti-perspirant and a synthetic anti-perspirant Overview: An experiment comparing the effectiveness of a natural versus synthetic anti-perspirants. School: Scoil Mhuire County: Clare Teacher: Ms Sue-Ann Sheridan Student(s): Sinead O’ Brien Siobhan Nestor Dearbhail Mac Mahon Stand No: 4555 Title: The comparative analysis of raw versus pasteurised milk and the potential use of natural preservatives in milk to mitigate the effects of poverty in rural Africa Overview: To compare the nutritional content of raw versus pasteurised milk. To investigate the use of natural preservatives in milk to reduce poverty in rural Africa. School: St Mary’s Academy CBS County: Carlow Teacher: Ms Aileen Tennant Student(s): Keane Nolan DJ Hanley Stand No: 4556 Title: Stad millipede Inmhíolú Overview: Our project aims to find out what attracts millipedes to gather in one place, and to prevent infestations using everyday household items without harming them. School: Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Susan Ní Loinsigh Student(s): Philip Mac Aoidh Caolán Mac Grianna Seosamh Mac Pháidin Stand No: 4557 Title: An damáiste a dhéanann ceimiceáin coitianta a fhaightear i dtairgí gruaige ar ár gcuid gruaige Overview: Tá muid chun fáil amach an cinéal damáiste a déanann ceimiceáin coitianta a fhaightear i dtairgí gruaige ar do chuid gruaige. School: Coláiste Ailigh County: Donegal Teacher: Mr Micheál Ó Giobúin Student(s): Aileen Hanson

Seannagh Orr Orlaith Cannon Stand No: 4558 Title: Does augmented feedback result in motor skills learning? Overview: We plan to investigate whether instant augmented feedback results in the improvement of technique when playing sports. Hopefully, this will result in motor skill learning. School: Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan County: Dublin Teacher: Dr. Niamh Mc Nally Student(s): Aideen McNally Lily-Mai Hand Niamh Kavanagh Stand No: 4559 Title: Pollution in Lough Ree Overview: To investigate the pollution levels in different areas of Lough Ree and also the distribution of flora and fauna pollution in the lake. School: Scoil Muire gan Smál Roscommon County: Roscommon Teacher: Mr Padraig Harlow Student(s): Sharon Feely Claire Cleary Áine Collier Stand No: 4560 Title: An assessment of mustard plants for cleaning up metal contaminated soil Overview: Indian mustard seeds will be grown on soil that has been deliberately enriched with copper sulphate. The harvested plants will be analysed to quantify copper uptake. School: Loreto GS - Omagh County: Tyrone Teacher: Dr Kevin Gallagher Student(s): Jessica Devlin Megan Treacy Megan Neeson Stand No: 4561 Title: Poor quality sleep: Is music the answer? Overview: We are going to investigate if listening to music while falling asleep improves sleep quality and quantity. School: St Vincent’s Secondary School County: Louth Teacher: Mr John White Student(s): Aoife McMenamin Emily Lait Stand No: 4562 Title: Is school deafening us? Overview: By doing this project we hope to make teenagers more aware of the dangers that lead to hearing loss. School: Coláiste na Sceilge County: Kerry Teacher: Ms Aine McCarthy Student(s): Cillian O’Donovan Padraig Casey Eoghan McCrohan

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Stand No: 4563 Title: Portable testing kit for nuts in food Overview: We will create a portable product which could be used by people who have nut allergies to test their foods for the presence of nuts. School: Colaiste Sheosaimh County: Galway Teacher: Ms Sarah Kennedy Student(s): Rauiri McKenna Carrol Alan Horney Stand No: 4564 Title: An investigation into what type of waste bag breaks down fastest Overview: We are examining different types of waste bags to see which breaks down fastest under different environmental conditions. School: Our Ladys College - Drogheda County: Louth Teacher: Miss Frances O’Regan Student(s): Aoibh Collier Caroline O’Connor Stand No: 4565 Title: Confráid idir fuinseog agus adhmad eile chun camán a dhéanamh Overview: Nuair a bhriseann tú camán bíonn sé deachair ceann nue a pháil e bharr easpa fuinseog. Tá imid ag iarraidh adhmad eile a fháil a bheidh oiriúnach chun camán a dheanamh. School: Meanscoil Gharman County: Wexford Teacher: Ms Aoife O’Connor Student(s): Rachael Bridges Róisín McCabe Máire Ní Dhiomsaigh Stand No: 4566 Title: Mirror neurons Overview: Our project is based on mirror neurons and its benefits to sports i.e. mirror neurons are fired when performing motor actions and observing motor actions. School: Scoil Muire gan Smál Roscommon County: Roscommon Teacher: Mr Padraig Harlow Student(s): Orla Quinn April Timothy Karen Naughton Stand No: 4567 Title: Does eye colour and eye shape influence visual impairments such as Myopia, Hyperopia and colour blindness? Overview: Our project investigates the correlation, if any, between visual defects and eye colour and eye shape, in particular; myopia, hyperopia and colour blindness. School: Youghal Community School County: Cork Teacher: Ms Crona McCarthy Student(s): Kate Ni Eidhin Deirdre Ni Chleirigh Sarah Donoghue

Stand No: 4568 Title: Speeding up the rate of decomposition of biodegradable materials Overview: Our project identifies the best practices to speed up the rate of decomposition of biodegradable material. School: St Gerard’s County: Wicklow Teacher: Ms Niamh Aylmer Student(s): Claire Byrne Rowena Keyes Stand No: 4569 Title: An investigation of the effect of magnetised water on growth of rapeseed plant Overview: Our project involves using magnetised water for the rapid growth of rapeseed plant. This plant in turn could be used as a source of biodiesel. We propose to develop a home kit to develop this idea. School: Ursuline Secondary School Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Anne Molomy Student(s): Meaghan Perdue Aoife Barry Nicole McNamara

SENIOR - GROUP Stand No: 4600 Title: A further study of multi-vitamin supplements=thriving lambs Overview: A further study into our 2011 project of multi-vitamin supplements=thriving lambs. This time to include a new flock of sheep and blood samples. School: Presentation Secondary School - Thurles County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Trish O’ Callaghan Student(s): Aoife Sutton Tara Lottie O’Carroll Claire Shanahan Stand No: 4601 Title: An environmental alternative to pesticides for the control of wasps Overview: Wasps control other species of pest insects. Rather than kill wasps we propose to use natural methods to control and NOT kill wasps. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Mr Donal Enright Student(s): Shauna Gayer Eileen O’ Flynn Stand No: 4602 Title: An investigation into the cordyline crisis in Cork during “The Big Freeze” Overview: We are going to investigate the hazardous effects the cold weather conditions have had on the cordyline tree in Cork. School: Douglas Community School County: Cork


Teacher: Mr Cian O’Mahony Student(s): Aidan Donegan Brendan O’Brien Luke O’Leary Stand No: 4603 Title: An investigation into the effect of UV light on different coloured hair Overview: We are testing hair samples to see the effect UV light has on the colour and strength of the hair. School: Magh Ene College County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Yvonne Higgins Student(s): Rebecca O’ Reilly Laura Doran Stand No: 4604 Title: CBC - Collar Bone Cast Overview: Initial research showed us there is no cast that is suitable for helping patients who have broken their collar bone thus hindering the healing process. School: St Killian’s College County: Antrim Teacher: Mr Sean Connolly Student(s): Maol Connolly Soracha Cosgrove Kiera Kerr Stand No: 4605 Title: Soft shell eggs; A solution for free range growers Overview: An investigation into the phenomenon of soft shell eggs in free range hens and the variables that affect its occurrence along with a solution. School: Desmond College - Limerick County: Limerick Teacher: Mr Donal Enright Student(s): Kate Brislane Louise Copse Stand No: 4606 Title: Septic tanks: Old versus new! Overview: We will be comparing samples of groundwater from areas around 15 septic tanks of different ages and examining their efficiency. School: Ballybay Community College County: Monaghan Teacher: Mr Martin Molloy Student(s): Orla Mc Phillips Lauren Murphy Muireann O’ Rourke Stand No: 4607 Title: An investigation into the effects of fracking on Lough Allen, its surrounding environment and the local water supply Overview: We hope to discover the possible dangers that this method of gas extraction poses to the environment, to water quality and to human safety. School: Mohill Community College County: Leitrim Teacher: Miss Natalie Tobin Student(s): Padraig Gallagher Conor Reynolds Niall Tiernan

Stand No: 4608 Title: Tionchar drugaí asmacha ar ráta bualadh croí Overview: Tá muid ag iarraidh fiosradh a éifeacht atá ag drugaí asmach ag rata bualadh croí bunaithe ar drugaí a tugadh dom san oispidéil uair amháin. School: Coláiste Ailigh County: Donegal Teacher: Mr Shane Ó Breacáin Student(s): Eimear Ní Chomhaill Síofra Ní Shluaghadháin Stand No: 4609 Title: Investigation into antioxidants and their effects to prevent the oxidising of an apple Overview: We hope to investigate how effective certain antioxidants are to prevent the browning of an apple and how factors such as temperature can affect it. School: St Mac Dara’s Community College County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Una Clarke Student(s): Omar Coughlin David Parnell Sarah Bealin Stand No: 4610 Title: Manufacture of a nutritional beverage with enhanced antioxidants derived from seaweed extract Overview: The project entails an investigation into different levels of antioxidants in a variety of seaweed species and utilization in a nutritional beverage. School: Clonakilty Community College County: Cork Teacher: Mr Patrick O Keeffe Student(s): Declan Moore Barry Holland David Ryan

Student(s): Eoin Dillon Luke Govorov Stand No: 4614 Title: A feasibility study on rainwater harvesting for schools Overview: A project helping schools determine the feasibility and financial benefits of installing a rainwater harvesting system. School: Mount St Michael County: Cork Teacher: Ms Alison McCarthy Student(s): Elizabeth Brockman- Icke Sinead O’Riordan Stand No: 4615 Title: An investigation in the benefits of bacteriophage versus the use of common antibiotics in lactating cows Overview: To investigate the benefits of bacteriophages when used to treat milking cows of various illnesses, versus the effects of common antibiotics. School: Cistercian College County: Tipperary Teacher: Ms Fiona Keary Student(s): Angus Baker Mark Dowley Stand No: 4616 Title: Investigation of bacteria present in cracks and chips of mugs Overview: Our investigation is to see if bacteria is present in cracks and chips of mugs and if any possible health effects can be associated. School: Causeway Comprehensive School County: Kerry Teacher: Mrs Jennifer Barry Student(s): Katie Casey Aishling O’Connor Mairead Moriarty

Stand No: 4611 Title: A search for genes associated with drought resistance in potatoes Overview: We intend to research genes associated with drought resistance in plants to see if they could be used to increase drought resistance in potatoes. School: Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan County: Dublin Teacher: Dr. Niamh Mc Nally Student(s): Deirdre Harford Colleen Kelly

Stand No: 4617 Title: Examining the effect of hormone levels on saliva during the menstrual cycle Overview: We will be examining the effect of hormone levels on saliva during the menstrual cycle by examining salt crystals using a microscope. School: Newpark Comprehensive School County: Dublin Teacher: Mrs Claire Grant Student(s): Sian Demery Manon Gevers Madison Porter

Stand No: 4612 Title: An investigation into a possible solution to the decline of European eels due to hydroelectric dams Overview: A possible solution to the negative ecological effects on the european eel by hydroelectric dams. Comparing various solutions; screens, tunnels and currents. School: Magh Ene College County: Donegal Teacher: Ms Yvonne Higgins

Stand No: 4618 Title: Correlation of brain size and memory functioning in mammals to validate the use of stem cells in the treatment of alzheimers Overview: Correlation of brain size and memory functioning in mammals to validate the use of stem cells in the treatment of alzheimers. School: St. David’s C.B.S. County: Dublin Teacher: Ms Jennifer Dixon

Student(s): Cathal Eagan Carl Burke Shane Boylan Stand No: 4619 Title: A quantitative study of the sand organisms that link the food chain in the River Moy Overview: Rive Moy Estuary; a rich habitat for salmon relies on the aquatic food chain. We will estimate the numbers of sand dwelling organisms contributing to it. School: St Muredachs College County: Mayo Teacher: Mr Kevin Boyle Student(s): Rory Upton Cillian Upton Brian Lavelle Stand No: 4620 Title: Does an electric current affect the growth of plants? Overview: In this experiment we are going to examine what effect an electric current has on plant growth. School: Kildare Town Community School County: Kildare Teacher: Ms Sinead Sheils Student(s): William Field Paul Fahey Mohammad Jouardi Stand No: 4621 Title: A bioinformatic investigation into the susceptibility of the Orangutan to human genetic disorders Overview: Using various bioinformatic tools, we will investigate the orangutan genome and its similarity to man focusing on the genes involved in cystic fibrosis and epidermolysis bullosa. School: Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan County: Dublin Teacher: Dr. Niamh Mc Nally Student(s): Maria Gordon Amber Lacey

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LENNOX – continuing to support

BT Young Scientists

Laboratory Supplies Ltd. Lennox is an independent Irish company employing 54 people. We have been serving the Irish science teaching community with equipment, apparatus and chemicals since 1923. We also market the TRACEBoard Interactive Whiteboard which is one of the most versatile and cost effective available. TRACEBoard can be used as a standard dry-wipe marker whiteboard when not in use interactively. See also our new eBoard which easily turns a standard whiteboard into an electronic whiteboard. Visit us at http://www.traceboard.ie for further details. Lennox is once again proud to be associated with BT in sponsoring the Teachers Area. We are also providing an additional competition prize of a laptop computer and a voucher for science equipment to the value of â‚Ź800 Visit us at our stand on the balcony in the Teachers Rest Area in the Main Hall. Visit us at http://www.labsupplies.ie

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Screen 3D

A Cosmic Journey Ground and space based telescopes are time machines that peer into the depths of the cosmos and back in time. They collect faint light that has travelled billions of years to reach our observatories and allow us to witness the birth, life and death of stars across the universal void. Our space probes have travelled to many other worlds, exploring and discovering new vistas and posing many new questions about the origins of the Solar System. Special instruments look at The Sun, giving us tantalising clues of the powerful processes that drive our star and ultimately life on Earth. This 3D journey will give the audience an idea of how we view the universe and use space data to better understand our unique place in space and observe our fragile home world from above. The presentation is supported by the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC). ICHEC, founded in 2005, is Ireland’s national high performance computing (HPC) centre. ICHEC provides HPC resources and training for researchers in third-level institutions. ICHEC also supports Irish companies to contribute to the development of the Irish smart economy.

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Being 747 present ‘AMOEBA TO ZEBRA’ ...a natural history musical 4.6billion years in the making. In association with ESOF & Dublin City of Science ‘Ever seen an insect-headed scientist play the guitar? How about a drumming buffalo, or perhaps even a bass-playing frog? All of this and a whole lot more can be witnessed in Being 747’s goofball science rock-opera, ‘Amoeba to Zebra’. Pop music and science fact come together in a fullon rock & roll show that tells the story of evolution through catchy song, incredible visuals and really wild props. Audiences of all ages will be taken on a journey through time from the first forms of single-cell life swimming about in the primordial soup to the complexity of the modern day’s flora and fauna. With full relevance to the science curriculum, Being 747’s stunning concept show will leave you both entertained and educated with a truly innovative and creative way of teaching biology.   If Charles Darwin were alive today, he would probably be the first to stage-dive into the mosh-pit!’

‘Weird & wonderful’ (Sunday Express) ‘A rock music show with the worthy ambition of encouraging more kids to study biology’ (The Irish Times) ‘A Fantastic evolutionary journey through the use of music which captivated pupils from start to finish’ (The King’s School, Wakefield, UK)

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Little Bigtop Circus presents An Extravaganza of

Sensational Scientists!

Join Professors Haswell and Williams, as they present Little Bigtop’s newest show: an amazing blend of circus and science! Presenting a lecture like none you’ll have seen before, these two performing professors will amaze and astound as they balance and juggle their way through the lives and histories of some of mathematics and science most famous discoveries. In their wisdom and efforts to bring scientific history to life, the Professors find themselves demonstrating Newtons gravitational laws while juggling apples and exploring Euclids geometry in the most hazardous balancing act. Never one to let the pressure get to him, will Professor Haswell manage to remain calm when in an attempt to demonstrate Boyles Law he finds himself trapped inside a giant balloon?

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Up in the Air! Join W5 as we experiment with something that is all around us every single day! In this show we show you how we are under pressure all the time, explain the effects of heat on air with a fancy infrared camera, fire smoke rings into the audience and maybe even launch a bazooka at an unsuspecting volunteer! Perhaps you could even recreate some of these experiments at home?

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Robot Wars in association with Robots from TV’s Robot Wars™ are coming to town The future of robotic warfare is loose in Dublin! The Mechatrons Robots of Destruction robotic battles come to town, at the World of Robots in the RDS as part of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2012. Combat robots from all over Europe will be attending the event. Including TV favourites, such as; Bigger Brother, Robot Wars™ World Champions; Storm 2 and the reigning Irish Champion, Iron Awe 5. These are heavyweight machines weighing in at 100Kg. Fighting along side the well known machines there will be the ‘Wildcards’, these haven’t yet had their success on TV so they have a point to prove! The crowds will also get a chance to see Humanoid robots interacting with the audience and also the rare chance to be exterminated by a Dalek! There will also be a opportunity to see the robotic ‘Boxers’ fight it out, standing 6 feet tall and weighing in at over 100Kgs and made from solid steel and pack a pneumatically powered punch! Also the show will give the audience a chance to see the amazing ‘Skeletron’ from BBCs Technogames! Watch the amazing robot drive into the World of Robots arena in its own car and then take to the skies by climbing a 10 meter high rope! Mechatrons is Ireland’s leading robotic combat organiser and their Robots of Destruction battle arena, measuring 10 x 10 meters and 3 meters high, is surrounded by bullet-proof screening. You will be safe from the robots but be prepared for lots of noise!

“Nothing can prepare you for the awesome event of seeing 100KG machines fighting live”

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Are you looking for a unique way to get your class excited about science? The RDS Primary Science Fair is an opportunity for Primary Schools to exhibit a class project on one day of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Open to 4th, 5th, 6th class and Key Stage 2. Dates: Thursday, January 10 or Friday, January 11 or Saturday, January 12, 2013. To add your school to our mailing list, and make sure you receive all important updates, don’t hesitate to contact us! Email: primarysciencefair@rds.ie Web: www.rds.ie/primarysciencefair Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheRDS Facebook: www.facebook.com/RDSdublin Call: 01 240 7990 The RDS Primary Science Fair is part of the RDS Foundation’s Science programme which aims to encourage young people to see science as provoking, challenging and fun. Further details are available at www.rds.ie/science.

RDS Primary Science Fair Did you know that Primary Schools from all over the country are given an opportunity to exhibit a class project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition? While not part of the main competition, the RDS Primary Science Fair provides an exciting opportunity for these students to think about science in practical and fun ways and helps to develop their skills in communicating their interest and knowledge of science. The projects are on display in the Eco Zone. Come along and see the projects….

Thursday 12 January 2012 Project Title School Name Bridge that gap Antrim Primary School, Station Road, Co. Antrim Lemon power Belmayne Educate Together N.S., Belmayne, Dublin 13 It’s getting hot in here! St Laurence O’Toole’s C.B.S., Seville Place, Dublin 1 The magic of trees St Eunan’s N.S., Raphoe, Co. Donegal Balloonology St Joseph’s Primary School, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford The human heart, why we should give a tick! Kildangan N.S., Nenagh, Co. Tipperary The science behind the wheelchair Central Remedial Clinic School, Clontarf, Dublin 3 Plaque attack - healthy teeth for a healthy life Sharavogue Junior School, Glenageary, Co. Dublin Listen up! Scoil Náisiúnta Diarmada, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath The ups and downs of gravity Our Lady of the Wayside N.S., Kilternan, Dublin 18 Maglev (magnetic levitation) Kilmurry N.S., Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare Sound and communication Knockconan N.S., Emyvale, Co. Monaghan The Royal Canal St Sinneach’s N.S., Colehill, Co. Longford The uses of air International School of Dublin, Pembroke Road, Dublin 4 What’s the truth in ‘stroop’? Kildavin N.S., Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford The human eye Scoil Mhuire, Clonakilty, Co. Cork Rathdown weather Rathdown Junior School, Glenageary, Co. Dublin Large hadron collider CBC Monkstown Park Junior School, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Forces in our world: how a Tsunami is formed St Aidan’s N.S., Shannon, Co. Clare

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RDS Primary Science Fair Thursday 12 January 2012 (continued) Project Title School Name Designing bridges Scoil Iósaif Naofa, Oranmore, Co. Galway Storm the amazing hamster St Patrick’s G.N.S., Co. Limerick Fantastic fuel Coldwood N.S., Craughwell, Co. Galway Gale force Scoil Chrónáin, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin Invincible conkers St Patrick’s N.S., Stamullen, Co. Meath Bird’s eye! Scoil Maelruain Senior, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Primary crime scene investigators: who did it? Piper’s Hill C.N.S., Naas, Co. Kildare Music and sound Ennis N.S., Ennis, Co. Clare Sticky stuff St Attracta’s S.N.S., Ballinteer, Dublin 16 Does fizzy make you dizzy? St Patrick’s N.S., Monasterboice, Co. Louth Young scientists of today - the future is in your hands! St Joseph of Cluny Junior School, Killiney, Co. Dublin A world without ESB - renewable energy Willow Park Junior School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin To design and make a lava lamp Graignamanagh B.N.S., Co. Kilkenny Seeing is believing Newtown Junior School, Waterford City Talking to plants: does it work or is it just a lot of hot air? Galway Educate Together N.S., Co. Galway Vegetable forensics! Scoil Chrónáin Naofa, Roscrea, Co. Offaly Lung capacity St John the Baptist B.N.S., Cashel, Co. Tipperary Fuelling the future St Paul’s Primary School, Navan, Co. Meath Investigating wind energy St Tola’s N.S., Delvin, Co. Westmeath Different form of electricity St Malachy’s Senior M.N.S., Finglas, Dublin Magnet magnates! Primrose Hill N.S., Celbridge, Co. Kildare

FRIday 13 January 2012 Project Title School Name Is it science or is it P.E.? Caragh N.S., Naas, Co. Kildare Watch out, nature about! Duleek B.N.S., Duleek, Co. Meath Fuinneamh Gaelscoil na Ríthe, Domhnach Seachnaill, Co na Mí A chemical study of the River Griese Timolin N.S., Athy, Co. Kildare Building bridges to the future Rathbeggan N.S., Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath We dig earthworms! Scoil Mhuire G.N.S., Lucan, Co. Dublin Reducing our carbon footprint Mercy Moyderwell Primary School, Tralee, Co. Kerry Weathering - a worldwide issue Scoil Samhthann N.S., Ballinalee, Co. Longford The perfect breakfast Ardnagrath N.S., Athlone, Co. Westmeath The effect of exercise on lung capacity Urbleshanny N.S., Scotstown, Co. Monaghan Energy from waste fruit and vegetables Sutton Park School, Sutton, Dublin 13 Air pressure - an incredible force Gaelscoil de hÍde, Bóthar na Gaillimhe, Ros Comáin Life of the bearded dragon Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabrach, Baile Atha Cliath 7 Forensics Scoil Naomh Eoin, Navan, Co. Meath An dúlra beo thart ar chósta Dhun na nGall Scoil Oilibheir Pluincéid Naofa, Anagaire, Co. Donegal The Duggerna reef - a living ocean on our doorstep Scoil Réalt na Mara N.S., Kilkee, Co. Clare Is it magic? Gortskehy N.S., Hollymount, Co. Mayo EYE can, can you? Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare Freezing fun Tiermohan N.S., Naas, Co. Kildare Science in our school! Castleknock Educate Together N.S., Dublin 15 Energy engineers St. Laurence’s N.S., Greystones, Co. Wicklow Investigating the effects of different forms of insulation Scoil Mhuire na mBráithre, Tralee, Co. Kerry How does our brain work? Kilbride N.S., Trim, Co. Meath Castletown river pollution Castletown G.N.S., Dundalk, Co. Louth What a waste? Energy saving Dunboyne Senior National School, Dunboyne, Co. Meath Dlús draíochta - Magical Density Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary Mittens pick ‘n’ mix St Stephen’s N.S., Johnstown, Co. Meath www.btyoungscientist.com | 49


RDS Primary Science Fair FRIday 13 January 2012 (continued) Project Title School Name The effect of physical activity on our bodies Whitecross N.S., Julianstown, Co. Meath A wonderful world Alexandra College Junior School, Miltown, Dublin 6 Carrick school helps Lake O’Flynn Carrick N.S., Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon It’s electric! Clooncagh N.S., Stokestown, Co. Roscommon Materials and how they change Holy Trinity S.N.S., Donaghmede, Dublin 13 Wind - a force of destruction, a source of energy Dromclough N.S., Listowel, Co. Kerry Making sense of our senses! The Teresian School, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 Erupting volcanos Killavullen N.S., Mallow, Co. Cork The supreme and strange strength of sound Midleton Educate Together N.S., Midleton, Co. Cork The disappearance of the corncrake from rural Ireland Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Ballygar, Co. Galway Pushing and pulling in Lisheen mine Scoil Náisiúnta na Maighne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary Who’s eating what? Catherine McAuley N.S., Baggot Street, Dublin 2 Compost: sustainable gardening Lusk N.S., Lusk, Co. Dublin

SATURday 14 January 2012 Project Title School Name Acids and bases brilliantly bubbling together Castle Park School, Dalkey, Co. Dublin Do food preservatives enhance or damage our lives? Mount Anville Montessori Junior School, Goatstown, Dublin 14 How does your garden grow? Notre Dame Junior School, Churchtown, Dublin 14 Boundless energy - Fuinneamh gan teorainn St Mary’s B.N.S., Blackrock, Co. Dublin Eggstravagent eggsabition All Saints N.S., Carnew, Co. Wicklow Is your posture book enough? Scoil an Cheatrair Alainn, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 How does your garden grow? Balbriggan Educate Together N.S., Co. Dublin What does sound look like? Glenageary Killiney N.S., Killiney, Co. Dublin The world of mould Holmpatrick N.S., Skerries, Co. Dublin Healthy eating and the physiology of nutrition Star of the Sea B.N.S., Sandymount, Dublin 4 Electricity, motors, magnets and machines St Joseph’s N.S., Hacketstown, Co. Carlow Maglev (magnetic levitation) Kilmurry N.S., Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare Bees v Wasps - the true story Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada, An Tulach Mhór, Co. Offaly No more paper money! Holy Family B.N.S., Askea, Co. Carlow The science of vampires Griffeen Valley Educate Together N.S., Lucan, Co. Dublin Warm or cold blooded? St Killian’s German School, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14 Light, matter, forensics and rocket science Anyone 4 Science Ashford After School Club, Co. Wicklow Electricity - the power within Kill o’ the Grange N.S., Blackrock, Co. Dublin How far is far enough? St Patrick’s G.N.S., Foxrock, Dublin 18 Brave the elements! Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Inchicore, Dublin 8 Switch on your brain St Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Co. Dublin Worms worth Scoil Mhuire Fatima, Timahoe, Co. Laois Creative recycling Scoil Bhride C, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 Studying yeast! St Fintan’s N.S., Sutton, Dublin 13 FunBrayzia - the science of the fun fair! St Peter’s B.N.S., Bray, Co. Wicklow i-Stories - technology in education St Joseph’s N.S., Dundalk, Co. Louth Motors Muslim N.S., Clonskeagh, Dublin 14 The happiness project St Conleth’s College, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Our experiences of the Science Hub Limerick Learning Hub Limerick, Kileely, Co. Limerick Practical science experiments St Oliver’s N.S., Dundalk, Co. Louth Bright sparks Waterford Educate Together N.S., Tycor, Co. Waterford From Bathurst to Bull island Scoil Eoin, Kilbarrack, Dublin 5 Smart energy Scoil Mhuire Mount Sackville, Chapelizod, Dublin 20 Our delicious healthy/unhealthy food tests St Theresa’s N.S., Connemara, Co. Galway Junior CSI Ballyoughter N.S., Gorey, Co. Wexford

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Stand 1: IBEC Experience the excitement of science in the world around us at the IBEC stand where PharmaChemical Ireland and IMDA the sectors of IBEC that represent life science sectors have come together to showcase a variety of interactive science and engineering activities. The aim of the stand is to encourage an interest in science and engineering and to understand their importance to these sectors. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to get involved in a range of interactive science activities and also receive a range of publications that are available for students, parents and teachers. PharmaChemical Ireland represents pharmaceutical and chemical manufactures in Ireland. 8 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies are based in Ireland employing 24,500; over half of the employee is third level graduates in science and engineering. IMDA represent the medical device and diagnostic industry in Ireland. There are nearly 240 medical technology companies in Ireland, half of which are Irish owned. The industry employs nearly 25,000 the highest number of people working in the industry across Europe per head of population. The industry exported _7.2bn worth of products out of Ireland in 2010, up 14% on 2008 figures. Ireland is the second largest exported of medical technology products in Europe.

Stand 2: National Museum of Ireland

property protection that will encourage technological progress and promote enterprise through the implementation by the Office of the relevant legislation. This is to be achieved through the protection of industrial property rights in the fields of patents, trade marks and designs, and the dissemination of relevant information in conjunction with each of these activities.

Stand 6: Giveblood.ie The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is a national organisation responsible for providing blood and blood products to patients in Ireland. We rely completely on the generosity of voluntary non-remunerated donors to provide sufficient donations ensuring a consistent blood supply to patients. Did you know? Giving blood saves lives. 1 in 4 people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lifetime because they are undergoing surgery, recovering from cancer or have been in a serious accident. New donors are always needed 3,000 donations are needed each week. Participating in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is an ideal opportunity for us to meet the donors of the future. We are committed to educating young people on blood donation and encouraging them to make it a regular part of their adult lives. To find out more about giving blood in your area see www.giveblood.ie or lo call 1850 731 137, Like us on facebook.com/giveblood or follow us on twitter @giveblood_ie

Explore & Learn at the National Museum of Ireland The National Museum of Ireland has long been a resource for primary, second and third level students and educators, providing a broad range of services - including guided tours; demonstrations and workshops; an information and resource service; professional development courses and activities for teachers.

Stand 7: Dublin City Of Science 2012

The Museum’s exhibitions are a valuable resource for teachers and students.

Dublin is the City of Science in 2012

At the Museum you can:

This year Dublin and other cities and towns will be buzzing with all things science and you can get involved too!

• Learn through observation of original artefacts • Investigate how curators, scientists, archaeologists and historians work to understand about nature and life in the past • Look for evidence using primary resources, through ‘discovery’ learning • Study science, geography, mathematics, history, local history, art, craft and design, art history, religious knowledge and drama. • Make links across a range of subjects through an integrated and cross-curricular approach to learning • Teachers and students are welcome visitors to the National Museum of Ireland. The Museum also offers an outreach service. Find more details about the Education & Outreach service for the Museum on our website www.museum.ie

Whether you are into Robots, Forensics, Space, Genetics or Video Games there will be activities and events happening all over the country in 2012. There will definitely be something for everyone! Throughout the year there will be opportunities to hear about the cutting edge research that Irish scientists are doing. It is also a chance to see what universities and colleges have on offer for you as a future student! The main event in 2012 happens in July when Europe’s largest science meeting, ESOF 2012, comes to Dublin. Over 5000 scientists from all over the world will descend on to Dublin to tell us about the latest exciting discoveries in science! Find out more at the Dublin City of Science stand here at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition! Don’t Miss Out, Get Online: Check out our website: www.dublinscience2012.ie Follow us on: www.facebook.com/dublincityofscience2012 Twitter.com/dubscience2012 #dub2012

Stand 3: Foras Na Gaeilge Foras na Gaeilge is the All Island body for the promotion of the Irish language. Foras na Gaeilge has a role in advising administrations, North and South, as well as public bodies and other groups in the private and voluntary sectors in all matters relating to the Irish language. They also undertake supportive projects and grant-aid bodies and groups throughout the island of Ireland. Foras Na Gaeilge aims to promote the use of Irish as a living language, not just for the classroom.

Stand 5: Irish Patents Office Patents Office The role of the Patents Office is to provide an efficient and effective system of industrial

Stand 8: Marie Keating Foundation The Marie Keating Foundation- Making Cancer less Frightening by Enlightening We aim to increase awareness and knowledge of cancer and related issues within all sectors of the community through promoting early detection and treatment of all types of cancer. We provide practical support services for those affected by cancer and work closely with other cancer organisations. Through our involvement with the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition competition we wish to highlight our dedication and commitment to school going students. We value the significant part research plays in bringing about cancer awareness. We wish to acknowledge the integral part young scientists are playing in making this happen and value

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their contribution to cancer awareness in leading to early detection and ultimately cancer prevention. The Marie Keating Foundation Award is presented to the best project that is most relevant to improving cancer awareness in all categories and all age groups of the competition.

Stand 10: DCU Centre for Talented Youth CTY Ireland runs university style courses for primary and secondary school students. Classes are run on Saturdays and in the summer. Subjects that can be studied include: Forensics, Veterinary Science, Legal Studies, Architecture, Psychology and much more. There are centres in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Wexford, Athlone, Galway, Letterkenny and Tralee. Correspondence courses and other special events are also organised. For more information contact CTY Ireland at Tel: 01 7005634, www.dcu.ie/ctyi or email: ctyi@dcu.ie

research to push forward the frontiers of knowledge. The range of research projects reflects the Schools and the Research Institutes within the College – the Schools of Chemistry, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Physics and the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES), the Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research and the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI). Co-operation between the College of Science, industry and the surrounding community at regional, national and international levels is leading to scientific solutions to the problems mankind faces. The cutting edge, innovative research feeds into teaching, giving students the best possible learning experience for a career on science. For example, Biopharmaceutical Chemistry, Financial Mathematics and Economics, Physics with Medical Physics and Environmental Science are just some of the topics that can be studied in undergraduate courses at NUI, Galway. www.nuigalway.ie

Stand 14: University College Cork University College Cork and the Eureka Institute for Inquiry-based Education in Science and Mathematics Stand 11: Institute of Physics in Ireland Physics in Time Come to the Institute of Physics in Ireland stand and see a dramatic and beautiful poster, six metres in length, called Physics in Time which charts significant physics discoveries since the 15th Century in the context and time-frame of other major milestones from the worlds of exploration, art, history, sport and politics. At the same time the poster highlights some of the major Irish contributions on the world stage. Also at the stand you can tease your brain with some intriguing multi-choice physics questions such as ‘if the sun was the size of a basketball at St Stephen’s Green where would the nearest star be? The Spire, The Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal?’ A text message can be sent to find out if you got the answer right. And you won’t leave empty handed as you can pick up some colourful posters with information about the poster Physics in Time, hundreds of physics career options and a guide to everywhere you can study physics in Ireland.

Visit the exhibition of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, UCC, and the Eureka Institute for Inquiry-based Education in Science and Mathematics, UCC, to experience the latest breakthroughs and amazing discoveries of our world-renowned Research Scientists. There is something of interest for children, students and adults alike, from the latest advances in DNA research to specimens recovered from the recent “VENTuRE” exploration 3,000 m below sea level on the Mid-Atlantic ridge. Be one of the first to learn about the exciting new food products under development in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, UCC, while experiencing some of the latest advancements in technology, and taking a virtual trip through the Solar System with the Magic Planet! Come along to the UCC stand, meet our Scientists and Students and be astounded by the marvels of the science of tomorrow.... http://www.ucc.ie/en/sefs/

Stand 15: Trinity College Dublin TCD Stand 12: University of Limerick University of Limerick (UL) www.ul.ie The Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Limerick with the UL Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry www.macsi.ul.ie provide you the opportunity to experience interactive activities in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Equine Science, Electronics, Architecture, Design, Mathematics, Computer Science. Gaming and much more. The National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning aims to enhance the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics at all levels with the objective to increase the achievement levels in mathematics and science and increase the uptake in the higher levels of these subjects. The NCE-MSTL resources are accessible nationally at www. nce-mstl. The University of Limerick invites you to share in the experience of our progressive and exciting facilities on campus. The fields of Science, Engineering and Technology are wide and varied, offering many unique and sustainable careers essential to the growth of our economy. Whether it’s the study of engineering, the pursuit of renewable energy technologies, the development of innovative computing solutions or pioneering scientific research, the study options within Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick are extensive. www. scieng.ie

Trinity College Dublin is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university offering a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering, science, human, social and health sciences. Located in the heart of Ireland’s busy capital city, the state-of-the-art facilities include the Science Gallery, a modern Sports Centre, and the Trinity College Library, the largest research library in the country. Trinity has a vibrant community of 16,800 students representing every county in Ireland and 118 nationalities and a wide range of social backgrounds and agegroups. Committed to excellence in teaching, research and innovation, Trinity guarantees a distinctive all round undergraduate experience that will change your life forever. Trinity’s Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science offers world class teaching. Are you interesting in studying Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Immunology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Physics, Physiology, Science, Statistics or Zoology? Visit us at Stand No.15 to find out more about these exciting courses. Hold our friendly cockroaches, witness an exploding volcano or have a chat with our staff and demonstrators who are more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Stand 16: Coláiste UISCE Stand 13: NUI, Galway The National University of Ireland, Galway Researchers in the College of Science at NUI, Galway conduct active and productive original

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Is é Coláiste UISCE an t-aon Coláiste Samhraidh atá aitheantas faighte acu ón gCumann Seoltóireachta, Clársheoladh agus Tonnmharcaíochta na hÉireann. Múineann muid Gaeilge ar bhealach spraoiúl trí ghníomhaíochtaí eachtraíochta ar mhuir is ar tír. Ritheann muid 6 chúrsa Samhraidh gach bliain anuas ar chúrsa Cásca agus Cúrsa Ceannaireachta don Áos Óg. Is féidir scoláireacht a bhua ar ár suíomh www.uisce.ie. Is féidir leat muid a aimsiú ag seastán 16. Tá


scoláireachtaí le bronnadh againn agus fíríní le tabhairt amach. Coláiste UISCE, situated in Elly Bay in Mayo’s Gaeltacht area, is the only Gaeltacht college accredited by the Irish Sailing, Windsurfing and Surfing Associations. We make learning Irish fun and easy at Coláiste UISCE through adventure activities on water and on land. We run 6 summer Gaeltacht courses, an Easter course and a Youth Leadership course in October. You can win a scholarship to one of our courses by logging on to www.uisce.ie . Come visit us at stand 16 to get your hands on a part scholarship and some UISCE goodies.

In the room behind the EcoZone Cafe we will be running introductory sessions for people interested in seeing what we do! Sessions will be on at: 10:30am, noon, 1:30pm and 3:00pm each day

Stand 20: European Union Visit the European Union stand in the World of Science and Technology (Industries Hall – stand number 20). Stand 17: Irish Science Teachers’ Association ISTA The Irish Science Teachers’ Association is the largest subject association in the country. It was founded in 1961 and has 1200 members from all sectors of education. The ISTA functions as a body dedicated to the professional development of its members and the advancement of science teaching. The ISTA maintains links with other bodies involved in science education in Ireland and associations for science education in other countries. Members may join the association online via its website at www.ista.ie. The website provides members with details of local branch meetings and national events as well as allowing communication between members via the forum facility. All members receive three issues of the ISTA journal Science during the year. PharmaChemical Ireland sponsors the ISTA annual science quiz for senior science students, which is held during science week. Further details of ISTA activities may be obtained from the ISTA desk or at www.ista.ie

Learn about innovation in electricity infrastructure and smart electricity grids with our interactive touch screen tool. A smart grid is an electricity network that can intelligently integrate the behaviour and actions of all its users to ensure a sustainable, economic and secure electricity supply. Try out our glove box to learn about the EU Joint Research Centre’s work on nuclear research. Glove boxes are normally used in nuclear facilities and laboratories for the handling and storage of radioactive material. A range of free publications and educational resources on the European Union is also available. The Joint Research Centre (www.jrc.ec.europa.eu) is the scientific and technical arm of the European Commission and provides scientific advice and technical know-how to support a wide range of EU policies. The European Commission Representation in Ireland (www.euireland.ie) and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland (www.europarl.ie) provide information to the Irish public on the European Union and its policies, and the roles the EU institutions.

http://www.ista.ie Follow on Twitter: @IrishSciTeach

Stand 18: Science Spin Science Spin, covering all the sciences from astronomy to zoology, is a popular fact packed magazine. In clear language and with a lively presentation, Spin makes the best in science available to everyone. With national distribution, north and south, Science Spin circulates to schools, research institutes, and colleges throughout Ireland. The digital edition with live hyperlinks is available to everyone, everywhere, and is FREE. Features written by scientists and award winning journalists cover such topics as ageing, fossils, space, and fusion power. Spin also has wildlife, news, and a special section for schools. Science Spin is published six times a year, and is available on subscription or through newsagents. Annual subscription is €30 and the digital edition is distributed to all those who register their name and email address on www.sciencespin.com

Stand 19: W5 W5 is a multi award winning Science Centre in Belfast. W5 is home to over 200 interactive exhibits that let you explore flight, weather, sound, levers and pulleys and so much more. As one of the top visitor attractions in Northern Ireland, W5 has been engaging visitors and educational groups with science, engineering and maths for nearly ten years. Part of their achievements over that time is to have developed creative demonstration shows that really bring science to life!

Stand 19a: CoderDojo CoderDojo hacks together cool hangouts that puts the real power of the internet and technology in the hands of the Irish youth. The true power of the net comes from coding, designing and having fun. CoderDojo is a place where people can learn from others and share what they are doing!

Stand 21: ComReg The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the electronic communications sector (telecommunications, radio communications and broadcasting transmission) and the postal sector. We are the national regulatory authority for these sectors in accordance with EU law which is subsequently transposed into Irish legislation. Our remit covers all kinds of transmission networks including: • Traditional telephone wire • Traditional television and radio • Radio communications including fixed wireless • MMDS and deflector operators providing TV services • Mobile operators providing voice and data services • Licensing framework for satellite services in Ireland • Postal delivery network • Premium Rate Services Our activities are geared towards operators and business & residential users of communications services. Visit ComReg’s stand in the Industries Hall to find out more about use of the radio spectrum in Ireland, to experience live demonstrations and to get advice from our Consumer Team on telecommunications issues

Stand 22: EMC Do you have a natural talent or a passion for maths, science and technology? Do you want to be involved in the next big wave in information technology; storing and analysing huge volumes of structured and unstructured data? Well, so do we. Come along to the EMC stand to learn more about the future of Cloud Technology and Big Data Analytics. Talk to our employees about the unique culture and working environment that has won EMC Ireland a “Great Place to Work” award in two consecutive years. We’re waiting to meet you. EMC, the world’s leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions, celebrates 23 years in Cork and its second year as a Centre of Excellence (COE). With 28 business units, it is the largest EMC manufacturing site outside of the US and EMC

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now employs over 2,500 people in Ireland between all EMC sites, including VMware, RSA, and Mozy

user to become a digital puppeteer with the ability to design his/her own interactive motion capture games and stories. You can listen to whale sounds and track sea mammals via satellite with staff members from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

Stand 23: University of Ulster - Jordanstown Visit the Faculty of Computing and Engineering’s stand to get information about the extensive range of undergraduate courses in Computing and Engineering on offer. Courses are designed to meet industry needs - offering a balance of theory and practice – and offering great employability for our graduates.

You will learn more about robotics, wireless sensor networks, and embedded systems, with exhibits from Letterkenny Institute of Technology. IT Carlow will focus on aviation and computer games and will include flight simulator software (PC based) as well as a demonstration of how portable electronic devices impact on avionics. Visit our stand for demonstrations and information on these exciting developments. Talk to our experts about full-time and part-time courses available, about our business incubation centres, and about our developments in applied research.

Why choose the University of Ulster? • As the largest university in Ireland, Ulster offers a huge range of engineering and computing courses across three campuses: Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee. • Full-time undergraduate courses include a placement year or study abroad – enhancing employability.

Stand 26b: IBM

• Courses are informed by industry through placement, research and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

The Evolution of Technology

• As appropriate, courses are accredited by the British Computer Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology or by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

IBM is constantly challenging itself to do what many think is impossible. This vision is leading our engineers and scientists to invent many of the building blocks of modern business and Information Technology.

For further details please email: compeng@ulster.ac.uk

IBM is celebrating100 years of innovation!

Visit us at Stand 26B and see how technology is evolving from those early innovations to ‘Watson’ - a scientific breakthrough in solving ‘natural language’ questions and winner of the Jeopardy! a U.S. quiz show. Stand 24/25: Google Are you passionate about Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths? Do you love to create, innovate, solve problems, find out how things work or even create the next must-have piece of technology? Come along to the Google stand to see what a computer scientist REALLY is, where computer science can lead you and what a career in computer science really means. Learn about our Geo products (maps, earth, streetview), our latest Android products, our Chrome browser and chromebook. Take a peek into our unique culture and working environment and meet Googlers from across Europe. We’re looking forward to meeting you too! • Teachers / Young Scientists / Organisations - Engage Google in your education : Google.com/edu • Teachers / Young Scientists - Find great YouTube videos to enhance your classroom learning : YouTube.com/teachers • Young Scientists - You’ve already done all the hard work to reach the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2012, now enter your project in the Google Online Science Fair : Google.com/ScienceFair

Stand 26a: Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) IOTI is the representative body for 13 Institutes of Technology, a number of which will showcase a selection of their programmes and research. This year IOTI has a very special guest in astronaut Dan Tani, courtesy of NASA, who has flown two space shuttle missions and spent 120 days in the International Space Station. The final Space Shuttle mission, launched in the summer of 2011, had on board the research work of Gerard Newsham, a post-graduate student of Limerick Institute of Technology. Staff from LIT working on that research project will be present at the IOTI stand. In keeping with the Space theme, visitors to the IOTI stand will have the opportunity to send a message, and a photograph of themselves, to a planet outside our solar system, using a live linkup to a radio telescope operated by Cork Institute of Technology at its science centre in Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork. The Department of Computing at Cork Institute of Technology will also be present with information on its BSc and innovative Masters degree in Cloud Computing. ITT Dublin will showcase the development of the Kinect2Scratch software. This very cool piece of kit allows the Microsoft Kinect peripheral to link to Scratch, in effect allowing the

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IBM today is using this technology to make our world work smarter, by connecting the systems that run our world, and analysing the data from those systems, we have new ways of looking at information and can make smarter decisions as a result in healthcare, education and much more. To find out more about IBM technology, create a QR code, develop a character using ‘Scratch’, see RFID in action or to pit your wits against Watson visit us at Stand 26B.

Stand 26c: Covidien Covidien is a leading global healthcare products company that creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence. Covidien manufactures, distributes and services a diverse range of industryleading product lines in three segments: Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Supplies. With 2011 revenue of $11.6 billion, Covidien has 41,000 employees worldwide in more than 65 countries, and its products are sold in over 140 countries. Covidien is an Irish company with more than 30 years manufacturing history in Ireland. We employ 1,500 people across six locations in Galway, Athlone, Tullamore and Dublin. Innovation is a major strategic initiative for Covidien, focused on delivering clinically relevant products to the marketplace. We have doubled R&D spending since 2005 and we are currently ranked by the European Commission as the No. 1 European investor in Medical Technology R&D. Please visit www.covidien.com to learn more about our business.

Stand 27: RTÉ RTÉ brings a host of programmes and interactive opportunities to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2012. RTÉ Two’s Two Tube will be on site with their team filming your weird and wonderful projects and capturing the atmosphere. RTÉ’s news2day will keep viewers at home up to date on what’s happening on the ground, as well as searching for a new talent with the Be a Reporter for a Day competition open to all exhibiting students – pop by our stand for further details. RTÉ Weather will broadcast bulletins live on RTÉ One from the RTÉ stand and you’ll also have a chance to get in on the action. In our specially built television studio, why not try your hand at


presenting, be it a Weather bulletin, the News or The Late Late Show – it’s all possible with the magic of blue screen! RTÉ Radio will also be broadcasting live from the stand, while RTÉ lyric fm will give you the opportunity to see what it’s like on the other side of the radio desk in our workshop sessions. This year SAORVIEW will be on the stand showing people how to set up and install digital television. There’ll also be a chance to take part in Tommy & PJ’s TV Challenge – only digital experts need apply! Pop by the RTÉ stand in the Industries Hall to join our team or watch and listen to us as we capture the essence and excitement of the event.

Stand 30,31,32: The Institution of Structural Engineers The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering. Structural engineers combine expertise with innovation to meet any building challenge. Key creative members of every design team and structural engineers around the world are committed to sustainably developing a safer built environment. Why not come along to our stand and have a go at building your own structure with our interactive tools and learn more about Structural Engineering.

Stand 28: Intel Ireland Intel, Sponsors of Tomorrow. We are a move-society-forward-by-quantum-leaps company. We routinely turn science fiction into science fact. We are much more than a microprocessor company, and we’re already working on the next century’s innovations. We believe our greatest strength is what’s still to come. Every day, people do amazing things using Intelpowered computers to educate, entertain, innovate, communicate and express themselves. Our aim with this stand is to generate excitement in technology, science and engineering while making a connection between doing science and mathematics in school with a career in innovation, technology and research & development. There is something on the Intel stand for all ages. Visit the Intel movie theatre where you can see how micro-chips are made, where they are made and the incredible impact of Intel technology across the world. Play cool interactive games on the Smart table or try out an Intel Classmate PC or a handheld device. See what silicon is made from and watch some cool experiments delivered by our R&D partners. The record breaking RUBOT is back solving the Rubiks Cube in record breaking time. Compare the old and the new as Steljes demonstrate how technology in the classroom can make learning easier and more fun. Hear the facts about the very successful SciFest science fair and if you are lucky you might catch up and maybe even get a photo with the Intel Bunnymen as they mingle with the crowd in the RDS. And while you are doing this you can fill out our multiple choice quiz and be in with a chance to win a laptop and other great prizes each day. So the Intel stand is not one to be missed! Come along to experience the fun of science, innovation and technology in action.

Stand 33: Irish Medicines Board At the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) stand you will have the opportunity to witness and take part in an experiment that shows the difference between real and fake medicines. Plus, how much do you really know about medical devices? Play our interactive game to find out. Our comic strips will also provide you with lots of interesting facts about medicines, medical devices and career options in this area. The comic strips will have all the answers you need to enter the IMB quiz. There will be lots of prizes and giveaways every day of the exhibition. About the IMB Our role is to protect and enhance public and animal health through the regulation of medicines, medical devices and healthcare products. At the IMB: • We licence companies to make, to distribute and to market medicines that meet essential standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. • We continuously monitor medicines, medical devices and cosmetics and respond quickly to any safety concerns; • We inspect companies which test, make and distribute medicines to ensure that they follow good practices.

Stand 35: Analog

Stand 29: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) A Research for Ireland’s Future Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is investing in scientific and engineering research underpinning the Life Sciences, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Energy sectors in the Higher Education Institutions in Ireland. SFI supports the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in order to promote the benefits of investing in scientific and engineering research to young people and the general public and to encourage young people to consider undertaking research careers in science and engineering.

Analog Devices is a world leader in High Performance Signal Processing. Simply put, this involves the conversion of real-world signals (sounds, voice, temperature, etc.) into digital signals (i.e. computer language). At the Analog Devices stand we aim to open your mind to the fun, interesting and downright weird applications of science and technology in everyday life. Come test your skills and knowledge with some of the new demos which are on display. Can you escape from the Laser Vault and avoid breaking the laser beams? Find out who has the quickest feet on the PODs challenge. The fastest finger wins in Laser Shoot Out. Go headto-head and test your skill and balance on the Wobble Board. See how much energy you need to light up all the bulbs at the Pedal Power demo. Test your brain with our interactive Mind Boggle quiz or operate on your friend at Flatline, our surgery game of skill and precision.

SFI Speakers for Schools SFI strongly encourages the researchers it supports to visit primary and secondary schools to give talks on their own research, on more general science and engineering topics or on careers in science and engineering. These visits are considered to be particularly valuable exercises that can have enormous impact for the next generation of Irish scientists and engineers. There are currently over eighty SFI researchers from eleven Higher Education Institutes registered on the SFI Speakers for Schools website www.sfi.ie/outreach Come visit our stand in the Industries Hall to see demonstrations, learn more about Speakers for Schools and other SFI programmes. Science Foundation Ireland Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2 Website: www.sfi.ie twitter.com/scienceirel www.facebook.com/ScienceFoundationIreland

36a: Met Éireann Met Éireann is the Irish National Meteorological Service and the leading provider of weather information and related services for Ireland. Weather and climate have a significant impact on all aspects of society.  Met Éireann’s mission is to monitor, analyse and predict Ireland’s weather and climate, and to provide a range of high quality meteorological and related information to the general public an all sectors of Irish society, using the best available technology and methodologies.

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36b: O2 O2 is innovation on your terms. On the go or at home, we empower you to live the way you want to. The past ten years have seen a technological revolution which has come to change the world as we knew it. The world and we, its inhabitants, are ever more global and mobile with this year seeing more smartphone sales than PCs. O2 has been at the heart of that revolution from the very beginning. From here, there are no limits. From internet on the go to mobile payments, there are no boundaries to what can be achieved. We are intent on putting that technology in your hands. Wherever you are, and wherever you go, this is your technology, suited to your lifestyle. The mobile world is yours, powered by what you want and what you need. You are the future of that mobile world. Rarely has our society found itself on the cusp of such potential, and at the forefront of its development. We are on the brink of change and you will be its instigator. The potential, is you.

Area 17: Road Safety Authority

Stand 1: WIT Waterford Science Region Celebrating our 10th year at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, we are now in the EcoZone with a special stand exploring all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with activities for all ages. Discover the wonders of science, the ingenuity of engineering and the magic of maths in a fun and interactive way at the Waterford stand. Investigate the challenge of climate change and get a tree-mendous indigenous Irish tree sponsored by Coillte. Explore microbes and macro-invertebrates, learn about the workings of the eye and meet Bengi and other robots. You can also do some fun maths puzzles with the Maths Week Ireland displays and meet 17th century Irish scientist, Robert Boyle. Calmast - Ireland’s leading STEM promotion centre is spearheading the development of Waterford as an EU Science region. Calmast at Waterford Institute of Technology -WIT- is working with Waterford County and City Councils, schools and industry to create a science region in the Southeast. Already over 12,000 people in the region attend STEM events annually coordinated by Calmast. WIT is pleased once again to support the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in partnership with leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies Bausch & Lomb and Teva. www.calmast.ie

Road Safety Exhibition Shuttle The main aim of the shuttle is to provide the general public and other target audiences with the chance to interact with various road safety campaigns and to spread the message about the importance of road safety. The Shuttle which has been fitted out and designed to the highest standard includes the following: • A fully interactive, educational road safety experience • A fully equipped presentation area, with lectern, projector, screen and seating for an audience of 25 people • A driving simulator enclosed in a specially designed pod • A motorbike simulator • Two bicycle simulators • Reaction timers

Stand 2: Geological Survey of Ireland Geological Science is the science of the earth and geologists are those scientists who study the earth. Geoscience makes a big contribution to our lives and this stand will help to promote knowledge of that contribution. The partners in the stand are showcasing, in particular, earthquakes, water, ancient animal footprints and the use of minerals in everyday life. Projects highlighted include TELLUS and INFOMAR. Stand partners are – Geological Survey of Ireland and Exploration Mining Division both of the Department of Communications Marine and Natural Resources, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Irish Geological Association, Institute of Geologists of Ireland, Natural History Museum.

• 6 x Computers equipped with the Driver Theory Test, questionnaires, interactive games, RSA website • Exhibition areas to promote road safety • Plasma screen showing a series of road safety advertisements and road safety programmes for all ages RSA Roll Over Simulator The roll-over Simulator is fitted to a hydraulic platform which can simulate a 90 degree and 180 degree roll-over which demonstrates how it would feel if you were a driver or passenger involved in a less than desirable incident. We will show you the effects of being suspended by your seat belt. After this demonstration, students will never travel in a car without a seat belt on!  We will also do demonstrations using real size dummies which will also show where you can end up when you are not using your seatbelt.

Stand 3: Garda Siochana The Garda Road safety Unit was established in 2001 and is based in the Regional Traffic Division, Dublin Castle. The Road Safety Unit’s overall aim is the reduction of road deaths and serious injuries and the improvement of road safety generally. The Unit delivers presentations on Road Safety to a number of groups in the community including:• • • • •

Schools and colleges Youth Clubs Senior Citizens Local organisations Industry groups

The Unit’s presentation for secondary schools, It won’t happen to me, is included in the Transition Year syllabus. The Unit also provides Road safety information at major public exhibitions such as the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, Ideal Homes Exhibition, The National Ploughing Championships and a variety of car and motorcycle shows. The team on the Crimecall Programme deals with road safety topics on each monthly episode. The Unit welcomes suggestions regarding topics that should be covered or enquiries relating to Road Traffic legislation and Road Safety. The Unit can be contacted at the e-mail address below or through crimecall@garda.ie

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Stand 4: NPWS The National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) is responsible for the protection of Ireland’s natural heritage and Notice Nature is Ireland’s public awareness campaign on biodiversity. The NPWS stand in the EcoZone will have exhibits, information and other materials available on why biodiversity is so important and why you should protect it. This will help halt the damage being done to our plants and animals and the landscape, waters and habitats in which they live. See www.noticenature.ie for more information. NPWS Education & Visitor Centres The NPWS operate a number of Education & Visitor Centres around the country offering various activities and learning opportunities aimed at teachers and students alike. Our Education Officers have designed a range of school programmes aimed at promoting awareness of, knowledge and an appreciation of our native flora, fauna and their habitats – our biodiversity. Education Officers will be on hand to discuss activities and school programmes available from the NPWS. Further information is also available on www.npws.ie.

Stand 8: Irish Aid Irish Aid & Self Help Africa – Science for Development Irish Aid Irish Aid, the Government’s overseas aid programme, is hosting a multimedia exhibition, Khulungira: Harvesting Hope in an African Village, in the EcoZone at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The exhibition, which features video, slideshows, and photographs, introduces small farmers of Malawi who have benefited from advances in agricultural research. Visitors to the Irish Aid/Self Help Africa Stand can also sign up for African Drumming workshops, take part in a fun quiz and learn more about the work of the Irish Aid programme and how you and your school can get involved. Come and discover the valuable role science can play in development. Self Help Africa Self Help Africa works with rural communities to help them improve their farms and their livelihoods.

Stand 5: ERP Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2011 ERP Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2012 challenges secondary school students to create couture fashion from recycled materials. Prizes include €2,500 for your school, €500 for the winning team, €1,000 in IT equipment and a week long course at the Grafton Design Academy. The competition is open to all 32 counties and the deadline for entries is the 14th of February. Come check out our stand and see the amazing Junk Kouture outfits created by students last year and chat to one of our team to learn more about the competition.

Our mission is to empower rural Africa to achieve economic independence – and on a continent where up to 75% of people rely on small-scale agriculture for their survival, we believe that it is only by tackling the challenges faced by rural farming communities that real and sustained economic progress can be made across sub-Saharan Africa. Innovation and research is a key element in supporting farm progress. You can find out more at the Self Help Africa Stand in the EcoZone.

Stand 9: Young Scientists Tanzania Young Scientists Tanzania (YST) is an innovative initiative to transfer the successful BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) to Tanzania. YST is supported by the Young Scientist & technology Exhibition and the Tanzanian initiative will be based and developed on the Irish model.

Stand 6: Petroleum Infrastructure Program The Petroleum Infrastructure Program is a government/industry/academic research initiative that promotes hydrocarbon exploration and development activities offshore Ireland by: – Developing Irish expertise in hydrocarbon exploration – Funding hydrocarbon exploration research in Irish universities and other third level institutions

YST was launched in Tanzania on 8th November  2011 and the first YST Exhibition will be held in Dar-es-Salaam from 24-25th October 2012. Tanzanian Officials will be at this years’ exhibition on a learning exchange and they are hoping to meet teachers, students and parents to exchange ideas and information. YST will also introduce “lab-in a- bag” to Irish students.

– Encouraging collaboration between the hydrocarbon exploration industry and Irish researchers The objective of our participation in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is to promote the exciting activities and career opportunities in earth science, in particular in earth science research and the petroleum industry. At our stand you will find rock samples recovered from 10,000ft below the seabed offshore Ireland; samples of crude oil and oil reservoir rocks; seismic sections of Ireland’s offshore geology; and plate tectonic animations. Young Irish graduates will be on the stand to explain why they studied geology and describe a typical day in the life of a petroleum exploration geologist.

Stand 7: EPA Come and visit our stand and find out how to Be Green! The Environmental Protection Agency protects the environment for everyone in the country. We regulate and police activities which might otherwise cause pollution. We ensure that there is solid information on environmental trends so that necessary actions are taken. Our priorities are protecting the Irish environment and ensuring that development is sustainable.

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1965 1966 1967

➜ John Monahan Newbridge College, Co Kildare

➜ Mary Finn Ursuline Convent, Sligo

St Vincent’s CBS, Glasnevin, Co Dublin Salmonellis in Mice: A study of etiology, course and effect of the disease on the host

➜ George Reynolds

1969

➜ Luke Drury

1970

➜ Maria Edgeworth

1972 1973 1974

1976

➜ Walter Hayes

1968

1971

1975

Convent of Mercy, Longford

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan To the existence of minerals by means of analyzing rock slides; to carry out a geophysical survey aimed at verifying direction and depth of veins and mineral outcrops

1978

➜ Donald P McDonnell

1979

1980

Colaiste Mhuire, Dublin An integrated study of the scientific conservation of Rogerstown Estuary Co Dublin

1981

North Monastery CBS, Co Cork

➜ Richard Elliott

1982

Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh The use of computer techniques to provide mathematical models of biological situations

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1984

➜ Eoin Walsh

1985

➜ Ronan McNulty

1986

➜ Breda Maguire ➜ Niamh Mulvaney

➜ Jervis Good Midleton College, Cork The concept of Ecopolemiology as Illustrated by a Preliminary Study of the Bionomics of the Earwig

➜ Henry Byrne ➜ Emma Donnellan

1988

➜ Siobhan Lanigan O’Keeffe

1989

➜ Grace O’Connor ➜ Sinead Finn

Navan Community College, Co Meath Geothermal Study of the River Skane

Ursaline College, Thurles, Co Tipperary A Study on a Crop Fractation Industry

➜ Catherine Conlon Muckross Park, Dublin

1990

➜ Anna Minchin-Dalton

1991

➜ Barry O’Doherty

➜ Martynn Sheehan Convent of Mercy, Moate, Co Westmeath Lichens may be used for medicine

St Mary’s College, Rathmines The Musical Typewriter (A System Which Prints Music as You Play)

FCJ Secondary School, Bunclody, Wexford Fibre Optic Liquid Analyser

➜ Karen Ruddock Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin Lichens in relation to their environment

Colaiste Choilm CBS, Swords, Co Dublin Simulation of Drude Electron Theory and Kinetic Theory of Gases

Rosary College, Raheny, Dublin Focus on the Viola Tricolour-an in-depth study on Bull Island

1987

A study of physical, biochemical and anatomical aspects of the spider and its web, and its adaptation to its environment

➜ Tadgh Begley

➜ William Murphy ➜ Gareth Clarke ➜ Turan Mirza Carrickfergus Grammar School, Antrim Microcomputer based robotics

Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick A study of effect of proven pollution on ecological balance in the Shannon at Limerick

➜ John Birmingham Colaiste Mhuire, Dublin

1983

➜ Mary Kelly-Quinn

➜ Micheal Og O’Briain

➜ Peter Short Presentation Convent Clane, Co Kildare

Westmeath A study of photoelectric cells and construction of a spectrophotometer

1977

St James CBS, Co Dublin

Wesley College Co Dublin The Construction and use of a spectro-photometer to investigate complex ion formation in a transition metal

➜ Noel Boyle

Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin Studies of the Oyster Thief

St Patrick’s College, Maghera, Derry Dynamics of a Two-Well Potential Oscillator


WINNERS 1992

➜ Elizabeth Dowling ➜ Jean Byrne R.I.P.

2000

➜ Thomas Gernon

2001

➜ Shane Browne ➜ Peter Taylor ➜ Michael O’Toole

St Paul’s Secondary School, Dublin A Picture Winged Insect. Population Dynamics of a Thistle Predator Terellia Serratulae

1993

➜ Donal Keane ➜ Rodger Toner

St Killian’s Community School, Ballywaltrim, Bray, Co Wicklow Investigating Symmetrical Shapes Formed by Polygons

Abbey Grammar School, Newry, Co Down Assessment of Female Quality by Male Gammarus

1994 1995

➜ Jane Feehan St Brendan’s Community School, Birr, Co Offaly The Secret Life of the Calluna Case-Carrier

➜ Brian Fitzpatrick ➜ Shane Markey Abbey Grammar School, Newry, Co Down Factors Affecting Cavitation in Whole Plants, Leaves and Vascular Bundles using Acoustic Detection

1996

➜ Elsie O’Sullivan ➜ Rowena Mooney ➜ Patricia Lyle

2002

➜ Ciara McGoldrick ➜ Emma McQuillan ➜ Fiona Fraser

2006

➜ Aisling Judge

2007

➜ Abdusalam Abubakar

2008

➜ Emer Jones

2009

➜ John D. O’Callaghan ➜ Liam McCarthy

Kinsale Community School, Co Cork The development and evaluation of a biological food spoilage indicator

CBS, Synge Street, Dublin 8 An Extension of Wiener’s Attack on RSA

➜ David Michael O’Doherty

Presentation School, Tralee, Co Kerry Research and Development of Emergency Sandbag Shelters

The Distribution of the Primes and the underlying order of chaos.

2003

➜ Adnan Osmani

2004

➜ Ronan Larkin

2005

➜ Patrick Collison

Scoil Mhuire, Portarlington, Co Laois (now renamed Colaiste Iosagain) The Perfect Queen Bee

1997

Colaiste Ris, Dundalk, Co Louth The Geography and Mathematics of the Earths Urban Centres

Kinsale Community School, Co Cork The Development of a Convenient Test Method for Somatic Cell Count and its Importance in Milk Production

St Finian’s College, Westmeath The graphical, technological and user-friendly advancement of the internet browser

CBS, Synge Street, Dublin 8 Generalised Continued Fractions

Castletroy College, Castletroy, Co Limerick CROMA: A new dialect of lisp

2010

➜ Richard O’Shea

2011

➜ Alexander Amini

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Co Cork A biomass fired cooking stove for developing countries

Castleknock College, Dublin Tennis sensor data analysis

Dominican College, Belfast, Co Antrim The preservation of Biological Data in European Bog Bodies

1998

➜ Raphael Hurley

1999

➜ Sarah Flannery

Colaiste an Spoiraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Co Cork

2012

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Co Cork Cryptography-a New Algorism Versus the RSA

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Schedule of Events Thursday 12th January Time

Arena Show

10.15

Ameoba to Zebra

World of Robots

Concert Hall

Concert Hall Foyer DRUMMING WORKSHOP

10.30 10.45

ROBOT WARS

11.00 11.15

3D A Cosmic Journey Little Big Top

11.30 11.45

DRUMMING WORKSHOP

12.00 12.15

ROBOT WARS Ameoba to Zebra

3D A Cosmic Journey

12.30 12.45 13.00

ROBOT WARS W5

13.15 13.30 13.45

RDS PRIMARY SCIENCE FAIR Ameoba to Zebra

14.00

ROBOT WARS

14.15 14.30

DRUMMING WORKSHOP Little Big Top

14.45

3D A Cosmic Journey

15.00

ROBOT WARS

15.15 15.30

DRUMMING WORKSHOP W5

15.45 16.00 16.15

ROBOT WARS

3D A Cosmic Journey

Ameoba to Zebra

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Schedule of Events Friday 13th January Time

Arena Show

10.15

Ameoba to Zebra

World of Robots

Concert Hall

Concert Hall Foyer DRUMMING WORKSHOP

10.30 10.45 11.00

ROBOT WARS Little Big Top

3D A Cosmic Journey

11.15 11.30 11.45

Ameoba to Zebra

12.00

DRUMMING WORKSHOP ROBOT WARS

12.15 12.30

3D A Cosmic Journey W5

12.45

ROBOT WARS

13.00 13.15 13.30

NASA Astronaut Dan Tani

RDS PRIMARY SCIENCE FAIR

13.45 14.00 14.15

ROBOT WARS Little Big Top

DRUMMING WORKSHOP

14.30 14.45 15.00

3D A Cosmic Journey W5

ROBOT WARS

15.15

DRUMMING WORKSHOP

15.30 15.45 16.00

Ameoba to Zebra ROBOT WARS

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3D A Cosmic Journey


Schedule of Events Saturday 14th January Time

Arena Show

10.00 10.15

World of Robots

Concert Hall

ROBOT WARS

Concert Hall Foyer DRUMMING WORKSHOP

Ameoba to Zebra

10.30

3D A Cosmic Journey

10.45 11.00 11.15

ROBOT WARS Little Big Top

DRUMMING WORKSHOP

11.30 11.45

3D A Cosmic Journey

12.00 12.15

ROBOT WARS Ameoba to Zebra

12.30 12.45 13.00

3D A Cosmic Journey W5

ROBOT WARS

13.15 13.30 13.45

RDS PRIMARY SCIENCE FAIR Ameoba to Zebra

14.00

ROBOT WARS

14.15 14.30

DRUMMING WORKSHOP Little Big Top

14.45

3D A Cosmic Journey

15.00

ROBOT WARS

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W5

15.45 16.00 16.15

ROBOT WARS Ameoba to Zebra

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