Kinsale Community School continued its long standing success at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition last week. The school qualified 14 projects for the exhibition which in itself was a great success as it represented the highest number of projects from any school.
At the awards ceremony on Friday evening Ellen Crowley (2nd year) came 2nd in the Social and Behavioural category for her project titled 'The Latte Levy' - What is the cost tipping point and why do we not always use reusable cups?
Individual category for his project on heart calcification titled 'The Power of 0'. Ben also claimed the 'Health Research Board' award.
First year students Ian Cullinane, Jake Grace and Noah Dennehy Bailey came 1st in the Junior Group Technology category for their project 'Energy Efficient Fridge'. Emer Heery, Sylvie Plant and Mia Casey won the 'Greencoat Renewables Plc' award for their project 'Investigating the feasibility of turning Kinsale into a Virtual Power Plant in order to reduce our carbon footprint'. 6 other projects also achieved the hard won 'highly commended' award. The largest cheer at the awards night was when Kinsale Community School' was crowned 'Best School in Republic of Ireland'. This is another huge achievement and it reflects the great work done by all the students that qualified projects for the exhibition and the special place that the BTYSE is held in the school.
Fergal McCarthy, School Principal, stated “We are beyond proud of the achievement of our students at the BTYSTE 2020. Winning yet again, the award of ‘Best School in Ireland’ is something that we are particularly pleased about. This is a special award as it reflects the great work done by every teacher in the school in respect of shaping the students participation in the Young Scientist exhibition. For example students that provided statistics to support their research were taught that competence in Maths. Each student needs to communicate their findings with confidence. The competence and confidence required to compete at this level is a learned skill, taught by each teacher. This award as the Best School in Ireland reflects on each teacher in our school.”
Well done to all involved.
Photo: Alan Mongey BTYSE Award Presenter, Catherine Coughlan (Teacher), Fergal McCarthy (Principal), Shaun Holly (Teacher) and Cliona O'Shaughnessy (Teacher)