Douglas Community School has a long history of participation in the Exhibition, with many category winners over the years, and the award for best overall individual project a few years ago. Every year the school is by far the best represented of boys schools in Cork City and County. This year 20 students entered the competition and seven were selected to participate in the exhibition. Stephen O’Sullivan, Luke O’Leary and Eoin Conroy of NS3 studied the possibility of using Catnip as an insect repellant, while their colleagues in third year Otto Cronje and Daniel Leahy investigated the flammability of various materials after treatment with different washing powders. Kevin Twomey and Padraig Wilson McCarthy worked hard on an interesting experiment to optimise the extraction of DNA from plant tissue for the mandatory Leaving Certificate Biology experiment. The students worked very hard in the weeks coming up to the Exhibition and reaped the benefits with the enjoyable and successful week in Dublin.
To find out more about the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition visit http://www.btyoungscientist.ie/.