Co. Roscommon was well represented at last week’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin. 23 projects were on display from schools across the county during the event which ran from Tuesday to Saturday.
Local students took home a number of awards from this year’s exhibition while Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown teacher, Modwena Geoghegan was awarded the Perrigo Biological and Ecological Educator of the Excellence Award.
Scoil Mhuire gan Smal student, Niamh Petrie, took first place in the Social and Behavioural Intermediate Individual award while Michael Lough was awarded third place in the same category. Elsewhere, there was recognition from the Veterinary Council of Ireland for Castlerea Community College student, Cora Sharkey.
Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins was in attendance and she was impressed with the large number of Roscommon students taking part.
“It was fantastic to see 23 projects from students right across Co. Roscommon on display at this year’s exhibition.
“Those involved in the competition locally have put a huge amount of work into their projects over the past number of months. It was incredible to see and learn about the wide variety of projects students undertook.
“The students are a credit to their families, schools, and communities, and are fantastic ambassadors for our county,” she said.
Senator Hopkins also paid tribute to the county’s teachers and said it was very important to continue to encourage an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) due to employment opportunities in those sectors.
Deputy Eugene Murphy, who also attended the BT Young Scientist exhibition at the RDS, has congratulated all local students who took part.
“Congratulations to all the local award winners at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. Special Congratulations to Modwena Geoghegan from Scoil Mhuire in Strokestown who scooped the Perrigo Education of Excellence Award as part of the Teachers Awards at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition.
“The hard work, dedication and passion of teachers can sometimes go unrecognised but the commitment and drive of teachers is necessary to promote the STEM subjects and Modwena is certainly flying the flag for County Roscommon. Well done,” said Deputy Murphy.