BT young scientists honoured

Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly - winners of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2012Two teenage scientists have scooped the 48th annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2012 in Dublin taking the top prize at the show.

Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly, both aged 17 received the top prize for their project entitled “Simulation accuracy in the gravitational many-body problem”.

They were presented with their Waterford crystal trophy by the minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn and Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland.

They also received a cheque for €5,000 and tickets to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

They will now go on to represent Ireland at the 24th European Union Young Scientist competition taking place in Bratislava in September.

They beat almost 1,200 students and 550 projects to win the coveted title.

Speaking at the awards Mr O’Neill said: “We live in a continually changing world and what we have seen from the students this week is that they have the foresight and innovation to come up with real problem solving ideas that can help Ireland to grow and develop into the future.”

Other winners included Eoin Farrell who won Best Individual for his project entitled “Paediatric resuscitation: How reliable are existing weight estimation methods in Ireland”.

And the group runners-up were Deirdre Harford & Colleen Kelly for their project entitled “A search for genes associated with drought resistance in potatoes .”

For more information on the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition please visit www.btyoungscientist.com or twitter.com/btyste