WINNERS - 1ST in INTERMEDIATE SECTION of BIOLOGICAL & ECOLOGICAL CATEGORY & THE IRISH RESEARCH COUNCIL AWARD
A huge congratulaions to Dylan Bagnall & Richard Beattie for coming 1st in the intermediate section of this year's BT Young Scientist competition in their category 'Biological & Ecological Sciences'. Their project is called 'Identifying bats from the roost using an inexpensive rasberry pi detector and PCR'. The research was undertaken at Dylan's home in Kentstown, Co Meath, where they have had a bat roost for many years, with a variery of species. With over 80 projects in their cateogry - what an achievement! They also impressed the Irish Research Council and won their award for outstanding research. The students received huge support from their teacher, Ciaran O' Connor and many staff members and we are extrenely proud of all their hard work and dedication. We hope that the boys success will encourage many more students to enter the Young Scientist as it benefits them on so many levels.
The boys have had plenty of visitors and media attention with a visit from our esteemed Past Pupil, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday and their photo appearing in the Irish Times BTYSE Gallery of Photo's on Friday. https://www.irishtimes.com/
The photos in this link are taken by another esteemed Past Pupil and award-winning photo-journalist, Alan Betson.
Richard also plays the Clarinet and Dylan the Saxophone in the school Jazz Band and teacher Dave Hardy thought this was an appropiate homage to the boys' success :)