Best of luck to our TY students representing the school at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in the RDS this week. The exhibition was opened by President Michael D. Higgins earlier today. The students have been working incredibly hard on their projects since September. Tara Coffey, Jack Ward & Chloe Creagh are submitting their project on “The Incorporation of Multi-Species into Dairy Grazing Rotations to Increase Milk Solids”. This project involves comparing different grass types and how they impact milk quality. The multi-species sward has the potential to improve the sustainability of Irish dairy farming significantly. It is a competitive alternative to perennial ryegrass swards in terms of productivity and yield potential while being much more environmentally efficient.

Aoibhe Kinsella, Milly McKay & Caoilinn Murray are investigating the impact media has on people’s emotions in their project ‘Do Physiological Responses To Emotions Lose Intensity Over Time Due To Repeated Exposure To Sensory Stimuli?’ The results of their experiment indicate that if you are exposed to the same thing, person or feeling too much, it is possible to become bored, desensitized and immune to how it originally made you think.

Our TYs enjoyed visiting Dublin to view the BT Young Scientist projects. The two groups representing the school were judged several times today, and well done to Jack, Chloe & Tara, who Virgin Media interviewed. Their interview aired at 11 am and can be viewed on the Virgin Media Player. These students were also interviewed by RTE Radio for a podcast. The final round of judging will take place Friday morning.