Good Luck to Pres Girls in BT Young Scientist at the RDS

The Young Scientist team from Presentation Castleisland at the RDS today with their project. Siobhán Brosnan (left) with Ellen Dennehy and Cáit O’Mahony. Photograph: Katie O’Reilly

Cait O’Mahony, Ellen Dennehy and Siobhan Brosnan are three TY Students from Presentation Secondary school who are looking forward to competing in the BT Young Scientist competition in the RDS, Dublin when it opens later today.

By: Science teacher Dayna Hurley

The students have worked hard on their project ‘An Examination of Racist Attitudes among Young People in Ireland’.

Presentation Secondary School students have been chosen as one of the 550 projects that will be on display this week at BT Young Scientist from the 9th – 12th of January.

To carry out their project, these students have surveyed a wide group of teenagers of different ages from across the country.

Make a Difference

By doing this, students have found what demographics and age groups show the highest levels of racist attitudes.

Cait, Ellen and Siobhan decided to do this project because they believe it could make a difference in society and could help prevent racism. They also wanted to raise awareness of racism among young people.

Presentation Secondary School is promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) among their students by partaking in a STEM School Excellence programme.

A Beacon School

Presentation Secondary has been chosen as a beacon school to train their students to become STEM role models for younger female students in primary schools. It is hoped, by engaging in this programme, students of Presentation Castleisland will aspire to eventually pursuing STEM-related careers having had the opportunity to engage with 3rd level academic centres of excellence such as IT Tralee and UCC.

All staff and students at Presentation Secondary wish Cait, Ellen and Siobhan the very best of luck in BT Young Scientist this week.

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