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Saturday, 9th January 2021

Greenhills student wins award at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

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Young Scientist prize winner Peidi Li of Our Lady's College, Greenhills. Photo: Fennells.

Congratulations to Our Lady's College, Greenhills student, Peidi Li (pictured above) who has taken third place award in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Senior Individual section of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE for her project 'A Mathematical investigation of regular and semiregular tessellating patterns'.

Over 1,000 students from across the island of Ireland took part in the first ever virtual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) which took place from January 6th to 8th 2021.

It is the 57th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and the first to ever take place virtually.

The exhibition brings together some of the country’s brightest young STEM minds as they compete to take home the coveted title of the BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year 2021.

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The overall winner this year was Gregory Tarr, aged 17, a 6th year student from Bandon Grammar School Co. Cork who took home the top prize of €7,500 and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy for his project titled “Detecting state-of-the-art deepfakes.”

In her Awards Ceremony Speech to contestants, Minister for Education Norma Foley said “2020 has been a year like no other with many asks that could never have been forecast or foreseen placed on you all.  

“I am still in awe at the resilience of our school communities, particularly the hard-working Irish students that are on display today. 

“The aim of the BT Young Scientist and Technology is to provide a platform for research, discovery and critical thinking outside of the classroom.  

“And it seems only fitting that an event like the BTYSTE, which has always thrived on innovation, would find a way to flourish in these dark times.”

The only other prize for County Louth went to a group of students from St Vincent's Secondary School who came third in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Intermediate section of the competition for an investigation into the effects of combined heated air currents of different temperature on the flight dynamics on a badminton shuttlecock.

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