On Tuesday 19th June, three projects from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills competed in the Sentinus Young Innovators competition in Belfast. This event incorporates project work produced by students from ages 8 to 19+ and are judged for ages 11 to 19+ in the categories Northern Ireland Young Scientists and Young Engineers for Britain competitions.
Students from Our Lady’s College were competing in the Northern Ireland Young Scientist Exhibition and achieved some awards in recognition for all their efforts. All students had previously entered their projects in the RDS in January 2012, at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition, where they also won awards. They then completed further work and research for their Belfast entry and at the awards ceremony all were presented with Category, Special or Grand awards.
Niamh Cunningham was awarded runner-up in the Junior 11-14 age category. Her project investigated new number sequences from the Fibonacci Numbers. Niamh was also awarded the Queens University Award for Mathematics in recognition of excellence in Mathematics,for which she received a trophy and a cash prize.
Aoibh Collier and Caroline O’Connor were in the Intermediate Category (ages15-16) and were awarded one of the Grand Awards- that of Northern Ireland Young Scientist Overall Winner 2012. They presented their project “An investigation into which type of waste bag breaks down fastest.” To more than 14 judges throughout the day from Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ulster and Northern Ireland Environmental Agencies. This prestigious award was won previously by Greenhills past-pupil, Eliza Matthews, albeit when the event was much smaller.
Many congratulations to all the students on their fine work and to the commitment, dedication and hard-work of their teacher, Miss Frances O’Regan.