Ballincollig young scientist sweep the board

Congratulations to Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan from Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, whose project, ‘A statistical investigation into the prevalence of gender stereotyping in 5-7 year olds and the development of an initiative to combat gender bias’ won them this year’s title of BT Young Scientists of the Year.

Other exhibitors included Miriam Murphy, Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, who received a highly commended award at BT Young Scientist with her project ‘There is no Planet B – A statistical analysis into the misconceptions made by Irish people towards climate change.’ She was joined by Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney, fellow students Aisling Reeves and Nadia O’Sullivan who took their device that helps parents monitor their baby’s temperature, something they hope could help prevent SIDS.  Not much is known about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) the unexplained death of an otherwise healthy baby usually as they sleep, and the students became interested in this when a family member of Aisling’s died as a result of SIDS. During their research they realised the enormity of the problem and set about developing a temperature monitoring device, as overheating is one of the risks associated with SIDS. Their monitor contains a sensor that measures the temperature of the environment surrounding the baby. When it reaches 27 degrees Celsius, an amber light switches on and a fan is activated, and a red light switches on if the temperature rises to 28 degrees celsius which also activates a sound to alert parents.