Two Mayo projects were recognised and commended at today’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2021 awards ceremony.
Caoimhe Monahan and Sophia Hession from Mount Saint Michael Secondary School in Claremorris were highly commended in the junior section of the competition’s technology category for a project called Trackmed – an app created to remind people to take their medications.
Katie Fraser, Tamara Schulte and Siobhan McGrath from Ballinrobe Community School were also highly commended in the intermediate section of the technology category for their entry entitled Defibrillator Finder: Ballinrobe.
They designed an app to help locate defibrillators in the event of a cardiac arrest.
A total of seven entries from Mayo featured in today’s exhibition.
The other Mayo entrants included Aoibheann Mangan from Mount St Michael Secondary School in Claremorris; Marcel Adamski, Mateusz Brucki and Wiktor Turalski from St Joseph’s Secondary School in Charlestown; Anna Farragher and Theres Devassy from Mount St Michsel Secondary School; Caoimhe Monahan, Sophia Hession and Katie Jennings from Mount St Michael Secondary School; Gordon McHale from Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina and Leah Hannon from St Mary’s Secondary School in Ballina.
Speaking at the live awards ceremony this afternoon, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD said: “I am inspired by all of the students’ ambitions to tackle from a scientific and technological view the national and international issues facing us in today’s society, including the global pandemic, climate change, mental health and socio-economic challenges.
“It is encouraging to witness the level of creativity and innovation of the students as demonstrated through their meticulously researched and ingenious projects.
“Each student is a credit to themselves, their families, schools, communities, and every one of them should be proud of their accomplishments.”