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Some fantastic news filtering in from Dublin as our young scientists have been placed highly commended in their category , Social and Behavioral Take Your Tent Home An innovative approach at reducing waste generated by festival goers Congratulations to these brilliant ambassadors for our school and their teacher Mrs Malone

Well done to Eoin, Stephen and Daniel ergo n are doing a fantastic job of representing Hazelwood at this years BT Young Scientist Competition. Pictured here with Tom Neville TD and his wife Jenny Dixon

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Hazelwood College were back at the RDS for this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and were very well represented by two groups of students, with one of the groups scooping a highly valued category award. Second years Conor Heenan and Iain Kelly from Kilmeedy and Stephen Long from Feenagh were the team that clinched third prize at the glittering awards ceremony in the Intermediate Group category of the Technology section this year. Mentored, encouraged, and accompanied by their teacher Martina Matthews, the lads presented their project “No keys, no problem! An innovative key finder to aid individuals locate missing keys”. This project touches on the area of smart devices and the internet of things, and in this case the Hazelwood boys used direct radio communication between a locator device and an active fob attached to a key-ring. This innovative use of technology to address and solve a common issue caught the imagination of many that passed their very attractively presented stand, including the Six-One News team. The articulate way that the lads performed on TV carried on all during the exhibition and as well as contributing to their success it also accounts for their huge popularity among the other schools from all over Ireland.

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In the Intermediate Group category of the Social & Behavioural Sciences section Ellen Reidy and Aine O’Sullivan presented a project called “Subtle Manipulation: An investigation into people’s awareness if the discreet enhancement techniques used by advertisers”. The project sought to determine if people are aware of the subtle influences of advertising by investigating the impact of alterations made to advertisements. In conjunction with teacher Matthew Finn, the girls had a very well presented stand with graphs, charts, imagery and artefacts relating to the manipulation of advertising by marketing groups. Fully on top of their subject and obviously well prepared, Ellen and Aine also showed themselves to be excellent communicators, well able to engage with visitors and judges at their stand. In this particularly large section of the competition, Ellen and Aine must have come very close to a rosette. Both teams clearly enjoyed the whole experience and certainly did themselves, their families and their school very proud indeed.

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Article Credit: Ger Keyes

Receiving the award:

Taking to the big stage…

Posted by Hazelwood College Dromcollogher on Saturday, 13 January 2018

Young Scientist’s 2017

Picture a is a picture of Hazelwood College entrants to the BT Young Scientist and Technologist Exhibition with the overall winner Shane Curran.

Picture b: Hazelwood College students Lauren Moran (left) and Tara O’Brien (right) whose entry ‘Migrane- It’s not just a headache’ was an investigation into the prevalence of migraine in adolescents in Ireland. The project also examined people’s awareness of the effects that migraine has on people’s school, social and sporting life.

Picture c Hazelwood College students Mary Kate Fehin (left) and Ava Mullane (right) are pictured at the BT Young Scientist and Technologist Exhibition with their entry ‘Accents- The Unspoken About Prejudice’ which was an entry in the Social and Behavioural Sciences Section. This project aimed to investigate whether people form a prejudicial opinion on somebody based solely on their accent and whether we acquire this prejudice as we grow older.

Picture d: Hazelwood College students Lauren Moran (left) and Tara O’Brien (right) are pictured with Micheal Martin TD at the Young Scientist and Technologist Exhibition recently.

Picture e: Hazelwood College students (from left) Caitlin O’Connor, Holly Hennessy and Yvonne O’Kelly are pictured at the Young Scientist and Technologist Exhibition recently with their project ‘An Exploration into the Acoustical Conditions Experienced by both Primary and Second Level Students in County Limerick. This project examined the effect being in a classroom had on student hearing.

Picture f: Hazelwood College students (from left) Liam Power, Ruairí Hannigan and Ronan O’Connor are pictured with their project at the Young Scientist and Technologist Exhibition recently. Their project, ‘An Investigation into the Production of Selenium Enriched Dairy Products with Commercial Potential’, was entered in the Biological and Ecological Section and aimed to allow for the production of selenium enriched dairy products benefitting bovine and human health.

Picture g: Hazelwood College Second Year students (from left) Sean O’Connor, David Noonan and Jamie Hennessy with their project ‘An Investigation into the Uses of Various Manures from Different Animals to Determine which has the Greatest Energy Supply to Farms’. The three students aimed to examine which manure produced the greatest amount of energy for farms: chicken. horse or cow manure.

Young Scientist 2017

Best of Luck to our 13 students taking part in this years BT Young Scientist Competition.

This year 5 group projects from our students qualified for the prestigious national competition.

The titles of this years entries are:

An Exploratory Investigation into the Acoustical Conditions Experienced by both Primary and Second Level students in County Limerick – Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences Group

An investigation into the use of various manures from different animals to determine which has the greatest energy supply to farms – Technology Group

An investigation into the production of Selenium-enriched dairy products with commercial potential. – Biological and Ecological Group

MIGRAINE – IT’S NOT JUST A HEADACHE!! – Social and Behavioural Sciences Group

Accents – The Unspoken About Prejudice – Social and Behavioural Sciences Group


Entrants of the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, in the Behavioural Science category, are Mary Kate Fehin and Ava Mullane, pictured at Hazlewood College, Dromcollogher
Source Credit: Limerick Leader

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