Roscommon Student Scores Science Award

scienceA young student in Roscommon has scored top points in the 49th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin yesterday.

The student, a pupil of Mean Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, took one of the top four awards in the competition which showcases the top science and technology projects in the country.

Shauna O’Neill won runner up in the individual award at the contest. Her project sounds pretty impressive and to a non science mind like myself i’m not even sure what it means. She conducted a highly complex and exhaustive study of how water can be changed after exposure to powerful magnetic fields. Simple!

There are normally around 550 projects on display so for Shauna to secure one of the top four prizes is by no means an easy task. Last year 1743 projects were submitted to the competition but only 550 get through to the final stages.

The exhibition itself also has four halls full with science and technology based exhibits and entertainment making it an enjoyable experience for both participant and visitor.

The competition gives students the chance to undertake a hands on scientific experiment outside of the classroom and showcase their achievement to their peers.

Congratulations to Shauna who done so well in her category. She goes home with a trophy and a cheque for €1200, we suggest a week of homework to! What do you all think?

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