Eimear Kelly, Ciara Deering and Laura Young write:
We are three TY students in Loreto College, Cavan. We entered the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in October of this school year and we were very fortunate to be chosen to present our project in the RDS in Dublin from the 11th to the 14th of January 2012. There were a total of over 1700 applicants entered and only 550 were invited to the RDS. Our project was based on the topic of mental health. We decided to make a teaching pack which would educate students about the topic of mental health. We wanted to make it easier for secondary school teachers to discuss and promote positive mental health in their classroom as we hope to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
We travelled to the RDS on Wednesday morning to set up our stall before our first round of judging. There were three rounds of judging in total which took place on Wednesday and Thursday. The judging was very informal and we just had to talk about our project while standing at our stall. The public were invited into the RDS on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It became very busy and we had great interest in our stall. We were even interviewed for the radio! There were lots of famous faces among the crowds of people including Brian O’Driscoll, Ryan Tubridy and Michael D. Higgins.
After 5.30pm we were free to leave the RDS and attend the evening entertainment which included karaoke, a table quiz and the opening and closing ceremony. This gave us a great chance to meet some of the students from around the country. We really enjoyed meeting new people and also looking at the projects they carried out. It was astonishing to see the different ideas that students had. We also really enjoyed looking at the different company’s stands and completing the different games and quizzes.
After the closing ceremony we discovered that we received a Highly Recommended rosette. We were very happy with this. Overall, we had a great time at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition and it was an experience that we will never forget. We would like to thank Ms. Rogan, our science teacher, and Ms. McGarvey, our principal, for all their help and support over the last few months.