Cashel girls Meaghan Perdue and Aoife Barry, along with Nicole Prendergast from Clerihan, represented the Ursuline Convent Thurles at last week’s RDS Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
The projects which the students submitted were the culmination of many long hours of research and development by themselves. The title of the girls project was ‘An investigation of the effect of magnetised water on plant growth.”
In their assignment the transition year students used magnetised water to induce rapid growth in a rapeseed plant, this plant in turn could be used as a source of biodiesel. They propose to develop a home kit to develop this idea. For their endeavours they received a prize for Best Display Award and hope to continue with their exploration into this study.
The exhibition, which is in its 48th year, is going from strength to strength. In recent years the number of entries has increased dramatically, reaching an all time high last year when 1,735 projects were submitted. All entries are screened to select just over 520 projects that 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!