Midleton College and Carrigtwohill Community College do East Cork Proud at Young Scientist Exhibition

By Alan Sheehan

Emma Grimes and Alice Bogue, First Year students from Carrigtwohill Community College, along with their science teacher, Mr Crowley, pictured with the outline of their project.

Midleton College and Carrigtwohill Community College both had groups enter projects into this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which finished up on Saturday, 14 January, with the group from the Midleton post-primary school winning two awards.

Cathal Mariga and George Hennessy from Midleton College, and Emma Grimes and Alice Bogue from Carrigtwohill Community College, were among 4,591 students from 375 schools entered 2,091

“Basically, they built a little prototype that had a PH sensor on it that would detect if the mare’s milk was running down her leg,” said Mr Paul Joyce, a teacher at Midleton College. “That would indicate that the foal was not suckling from the mare, and if the foal is not getting the correct amount of milk then it’s left open to sicknesses and viruses. So it’s best to catch that as early as possible. Once the sensor goes off it sends an email to whoever is looking after the foal, alerting them.”

“They were the sole group from the College this year,” said Mr Joyce, who took the group to Dublin.
“They won two awards; first the one a special award from the Veterinary Council and then they got first prize in the senior group in the biological and ecological category. The school is extremely proud of them.”

Emma Grimes and Alice Bogue, First Year students at Carrigtwohill Community College, attended the exhibition with their project, ‘An Investigation Into Whether Diluting Disinfectants Can Be Selective For Increased Bacterial Resistance.’ The pupils examined whether reusing diluted disinfectants can result in bacteria becoming more resistant to the disinfectant and therefore more difficult to kill.

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