Young Scientist Competition

Garbally BT Young Scientist Success

Photo: Andrew Mannion, Ruairi McKenna Carroll, Alan Harney, Ros McKeon and Kyle Greene

Garbally College, Ballinasloe achieved great success in the BT Young Scientist Competition. Not only were they one of the few schools in County Galway to have three entries into the competition but also two of the Garbally teams achieved awards.

One of the teams were highly commended for their project “Portable Testing Kit of Nuts in Food” created by Alan Harney and Ruairi McKenna Carroll.

The award for third in their category in chemical, physical and mathematical sciences went to “Replication of Motary Functions through use of Air Pressure” created by Kyle Greene and Ros McKeon

Garbally’s third entry was “A Smartphone Application to track the Growth Rates and Yield analysis of Miscanthus Xgiganteus” created by Andrew Mannion. The future looks bright for these budding scientists in Garbally College

This great success has to be attributed to Garbally College where every student gets the chance to showcase their talents.





Patrick Murray and Darren Kelly our two finalists in this years BT Young Scientist Competition.

The 2011 BT Young Scientist Competition took place from the 12th – 15th of January. Representing Garbally College were Darren Kelly and Patrick Murray who entered the Social and Behavioural section of the competition with their project “The Social and Economic Effects of the by-pass on the town of Ballinasloe. During this project the lads conducted a survey with a number of local businesses in the town to see if the by-pass had resulted in a downturn in business. The main findings of the survey showed that 56% of those surveyed had a decrease in business, but more importantly 84% of those businesses blamed the recession not the by-pass for this trend. Other aspects dealt with traffic management plans and crime figures in the locality. Crime rates did not rise as expected due to traffic cameras in place on the by-pass. Traffic management in the town was greatly improved and delays less likely. High parking costs for on street parking was high-lighted as a problem by traders.

The competition took place in the RDS and features hundreds of projects from all over the country. Next years competition will be held in January at the same venue so get planning if you intend to enter this highly respected competition.