25 January 2013

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Congratulates Lucan’s Young Scientists

Local Minister Frances Fitzgerald has congratulated students from Lucan Community College , St Josephs and Colaiste Phradraig won awards at last week’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition.

“It’s great to have so many of our local students participating in this prestigious competition and for five projects from Lucan Community College , St Joseph ’s and Colaiste Phradraig to receive awards is a huge achievement for our area. Every student involved in this competition challenged themselves enormously and showed their potential on this national stage. The girls in St. Joseph’s who looked at exercise and spent coffee product as a fertiliser came up with truly innovative ideas which they developed through research, experimentation. In the case of the coffee run-off project the students created a user-friendly primary school workbook to ensure the eco-friendly ethos of their project can be put to practical use,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
“Coláiste Phádraig’s Adam Doran, Gary O’Flynn, Mark Lynam looked at ways of developing a fetal pacemaker that utilises piezoelectric energy to tackle a fatal illness. Together, they combined science and engineering to look at ways to save the lives of unborn children. Their ambition, drive and innovation are genuinely inspiring and I have no doubt that they have a future in the important area of medical research,” continued Fitzgerald.

“The BT Young Scientist Exhibition has become an annual showcase for innovation, creativity and science. Students exhibiting at it are just some of the young people who every day show themselves as our country’s future. In technological 2012 it’s young people like these who are the foundations of Ireland’s upcoming highly skilled workforce. The creators of the next must-have app or multi-million dollar gadget is just as likely to have been exhibiting at the BT Young Scientist Awards as in Silicon Valley,” concluded Fitzgerald.