Gallen CS students Sophie Gilson , Lucy Egan , Clive Keena and Sean Flynn along with their teachers Mrs Killian and Mrs Hopkins did Gallen CS proud at the annual BT Young Scientist Awards in the RDS last week.
Sean and Clive’s innovative project which was called” Alert Cow Calving” where a sensor would detect when a cow would be about to calve through the sensor detecting a temperature rise , a rise in the sweat levels of the cow and an increased movement of the cow’s tail, and these sensors would trigger a process where data would be inputted into to a computer and thereby alert a farmer when the cow was about to calve .Clive and Sean’s finding’s and their idea is vital and valuable as their research showed that in 8 out of 10 calf losses , the calf dies within 5 minutes of delivery. Sean and Clive hope to further develop this novel concept.
Sophie and Lucy’s fascinating project entitled” Make Up A True Reflection” explored the effects of cosmetics on the psychological and social behaviour of Irish females,. The girls gathered information from their peers and from female teachers to find out their habits regarding make up use ,the main reason why they wear makeup , how long they spend applying makeup, how much make up they apply and Sophie and Lucy also explored the influence of media and peer pressure on what brands of cosmetics are bought and how much is spent . Sophie and Lucy’s findings were interesting as they found that younger girls are more vulnerable to outside influences and opinions than the older woman. One interesting result of the project was that teenage girls on average spent more on cosmetics than the professional woman and that they are very concerned by what their peers think of their appearance.
Both groups were in the media spotlight over the last few days. Sophie and Lucy were interviewed and pictured with their project on the” Sunday Business Post” on January 4th.Sophie and Lucy were also interviewed by Ryan Tubridy for his radio show on Thursday last whilst the girls were also featured on TV 3 ‘s Xpose on Thursday.The girls were questioned by a leading Cosmetics company Oriflamo who requested a copy of their project. Sophie and Lucy were also invited to visit their Irish headquarters in Wicklow.
Our four students met celebrities such as Westlife’s Nicky Byrne , Rick o Shea, TV Presenter Eoghan mc Dermott, Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin who was so taken with Clive and Sean’s project when he met them that he suggested to them that they patent their idea. Clive , Sean , Sophie and Lucy also met news teams from RTE , UTV and TV3.
Clive and Sean were also featured on the Agricultural Magazine Agriland prior to the exhibition and they were also interviewed by the Farmers Journal and by farm advisory body, Teagasc.Head of Teagasc Gerry Boyle met Clive and Sean , congratulated them on their project and invited them to visit any of their sites. Sean and Clive also featured on RTE 2’s”News Today” on Wednesday last. Well done Sean, Clive, Sophie, Lucy and Mrs Killian and Mrs Hopkins. Gallen CS is justifiably proud of you.