Louth took home twelve awards at the 50th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition last weekend with Bush Post Primary School in Riverstown coming out on top yet again.
Conor Ryan (15), Stephen Lynch (16) and Stephen Woods(16) from Bush Post Primary School, impressed the judges with their project ‘Moo Boot – Protective Boots for Cows’ and came away with a Highly Commended award as well as a special award from the Irish Patents Office.
The transition year students have a keen interest in farming and put their experience and knowledge to good use in designing a protective and healing boot for cattle called ‘Moo Boot’.
The function of the boot is to tackle the expensive problem of foot rot, a bacterial infection which leads to pain and under performance in livestock, subsequently costing farmers thousands of euro.
Team member Stephen Woods came up with the idea after seeing his father, who is a local farmer, using wellies for the cows feet and thought that it would be much better to have a specialised boot which could address whatever foot problems livestock may have.
“The boys really impressed the judges,” said Emma McMahon who is a science teacher at the school.
“They did a lot of media work and were on Ryan Turbridy and Newstalk so there was a big hype around them at the competition.
“The judges were highly impressed by their enthusiasm and knowledge. They had done a lot of research and discovered a great niche in the market.
Bush student Kevin Murphy and his project ‘Comparing attitudes to MMA compared to GAA’ also won a ‘Highly Commended’ award.
Last year, students Emma Shields and Deirdre Ruane McAteer won the best group runner up prize.
“”It’s great to keep the success going and it really keeps the enthusiasm for the Young Scientist competition alive in the school.
St Vincent’s School in Dundalk also came home from the exhibition with a few awards under their belts with Sarah Begley winning 3rd Junior Individual for her investigative project to find out if restless legs syndrome actually exists or if it is just a myth.
Rachael Ni Dhonnachada won 2nd Intermediate Individual for her project which investigated the effects of wrist rotation and Highly commended awards went to Aoibhin Sally, Aiveen O’Callaghan and Grainne Smyth for their project on home brewers and to Aoife Begley for her project entitled ‘Slip or non-slip. That is the question’.