Minister of State Michael Ring with student Niamh Breslin after viewing her project at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

Four awards at Young Scientist exhibition

MAYO schools have won four awards at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017.

The third place senior group award in the technology category went to Jesus and Mary Secondary School students Sarah Murphy and Mary Murphy for their Make a Mark - Sheep Marking Gun.

Three projects were highly commended, two of them by students from St. Muredach's College. Aaron Hannon was highly commended for his EnableArm: The Facial Care Device for People With Limited Hand Dexterity technology project. Peter Harrison and James Hackett's project examined the topic Is concussion in early life a contributing factor to Parkinsons disease later in life.

Also highly commended was Niamh Breslin's project, Domestic God and Goddess: An assessment of teenagers ability to care for themselves and the factors that influence this. Niamh is a student at St. Joseph's Secondary School, Castlebar.

Over 1,100 students from 375 schools across the island of Ireland competed for the coveted title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year 2017.