IS Kinsale a place or just a state of mind? That was the question put by the Minister for Education at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition as Kinsale Community School once again swept the boards at the annual competition.
In fact it was another great year for all Cork schools as the Rebel County scooped a total of 23 prizes in all categories — more than any other county, including Dublin. Kinsale Community School won the overall award last year and this year they were named Best School in Ireland.
First year pupils Cathy Hynes and Eve Casey won the award for Best Project.The 12 and 13-year-olds won for their project — A study using statistical methods of people’s attitudes to the aging workforce of the future. The girls were entered in the Social & Behavioural Sciences category at junior level.
They completed a survey of 1,147 people and found that 63% felt younger than they were, while 17% felt older, with the remaining 10% feeling their actual age.
Speaking after their win Cathy said their effort was completely worth it.
Eve added: “We are so pleased. I nearly started crying I’m, so happy.”
The pair have won a trophy and a cheque for €2,400.
Other Cork schools to do well included Scoil Mhuire Cork, Bandon Grammar School, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál Blarney, Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig and Schull Community College.
Dublin pupil Paul Clarke won the overall award for his mathematics project on graph theory.
The exhibition continues today with the arrival of astronaut Chris Hadfield to the RDS to view the winning projects.