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This year’s winners at BTYSTE – a testament to this country’s regenerative power January 21, 2011

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And so endeth this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. In a cacophony of sounds and myriad of bright lights, the curtain was drawn on this year’s young pretenders. The old adage, as misused as it tends to be, holds true here that no one walked away a loser from this week’s trials and tribulations. All of the projects on show at the RDS this week are a testament to this country’s regenerative power, and the strength of our young students. They provided a clear break in an otherwise cloudy atmosphere and a genuine hope for Ireland’s future development.

There were, however, some very clear winners. We interviewed Alexander Amini from Castleknock College on Wednesday, and I was struck by his clear intelligence, but also the comfort with which he handled the issues he was treating. He certainly left me befuddled and wondering where I had wasted my youth. The ingenuity of his project is undoubted, but his ability to manipulate such advanced technologies is outstanding. He was a deserved winner and will indubitably go on to bigger things.

IBM were also awarding a prize during the competition. The eventual winners were Ailbhe Ní Mhóráin & Fiona O’Connor from Loreto College, Stephen’s Green. The award was aimed at highlighting the importance of IBM’s Smarter Planet vision and how technology can be used to improve our everyday lives and our urban environment. The girls’ project was aimed at measuring how rocky a given road is in order to improve our transport infrastructure. It is this creativity, coupled with a real desire to improve real-life issues, that displays the general aura surrounding the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. These were all young people, engaging with their environments in a real way, identifying the issues and problems, and solving them.

It is impossible to know what the future will hold, even more so in these precarious times. Nevertheless, it is by displaying this same resourcefulness and originality that we can work our way out of our problems and maybe look to our youth for inspiration.

Video: Alexander Amini from Castleknock College shares how he felt after being named the BT Young Scientist of the year

Video: Ailbhe Ní Mhóráin & Fiona O’Connor from Loreto College, Stephen’s Green explain their “IBM Smarter Planet Award” winning project “How Rocky is Your Road”


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