Young Scientists 2017



The BT Young Scientist Exhibition will be held from January 11th to 14th 2017 in the RDS in Dublin.   The Exhibition is considered by many to be the highlight of the academic year in Ireland and it has gone from strength to strength in recent years.  In the last decade the number of entries has increased dramatically, reaching an all time high last year when over 2000 projects were submitted. All entries were screened to select just 550 projects to go through to compete in the RDS. The event attracts over 40,000 people making it one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, if not the world!
Here in Douglas Community School, we have a very long and proud tradition of participation in the Young Scientist, having had a large number of category awards and the overall individual winner some years ago.  We are usually the boys’ school in Cork City and County with the highest number of entrants.  This year is no exception with 7 students entered, under the supervision of their Science and Maths teacher Cian O Mahony.
In the Social and Behavioural Sciences Category we have Jamie O Callaghan and Sergio Jiminez Lozano with their project “Attitudes to Language Learning – Comparing Spain and Ireland”.  They propose to study the differing attitudes to the importance of learning modern foreign languages and will compare students in Spain to their peers in Ireland.  In the same category, Eoin Cottrell and Omar Elsamman have a project “Religious Attitudes in Modern Ireland”.  This is a study of the experiences/attitudes of Muslim and Catholic Communities in our area. It involves analysis of surveys of members of both groups.
Margiris Balsys, Cian Senior and Alexander Schwanke have a very exciting project with commercial potential in the Technology Category.  With “JobSwop – Software for Smooth Redeployment of Staff”, they hope to develop software to facilitate the swapping of jobs to facilitate people living nearer their workplaces.  Such a system has great potential for both the environment and improving work/life balance.
The best of luck to the boys and hopefully the hard work will pay off with an enjoyable and fruitful trip to Dublin in January.  Later in the school year, it is hoped that students will enter their projects in SciFest at the Cork Institute of Technology.