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Good luck to our BT Young Scientist Entrants

12-January-22
Good luck to our BT Young Scientist Entrants

The Science department in St Wolstan’s would like to wish our amazing students the very best of luck in the BT Young Scientist Competition which is being held virtually today, tomorrow and Friday. Please see below details of our entries ...

The Truth Of Knowledge, By Cathy Manning and Orla Glennon

Our project “The Truth of Knowledge” aims to find out where young people get their information, if there are external factors contributing to people falling for false information, for example age and gender, if young people are aware of the necessity of using reliable sources, and more. We used voluntary surveys to gather our results.

We wish to investigate where young people get their information and if this influences whether they believe it or not. We want to find out if young people are aware of the credibility of the sources they use to find their information. We hope to find out if they fact check the information they find, to ensure it is true. We have seen many people believe the first thing they see, hear, or read. We aim to find out if these sources can be trusted and if young people are aware of this. There is far too much misinformation and fake news all around us, and we wish to draw attention to this matter.

We also want to know if where young people get their information influences whether they believe it, for example, from a celebrity, on social media, or in a news article. We also wanted to find out if your age or gender effects your likelihood to fall for false information. As well as that, we wanted to find out where adolescents get their news from, for example Instagram, RTÉ, Twitter, Tiktok, etc. We were also curious about whether teenagers are more likely to believe something if a Celebrity or a famous person said it and are they going to fact check things celebrities say if it does not seem right.

Deciphering Dyslexia - Rachel McMahon, Maja Wirkus and Charlotte Stevens, TY Class Kapoor and Class Pankhurst

‘Our BT project is called Deciphering Dyslexia: a study in orthographic processing, the purpose of our project is to investigate the different ways dyslexic people process words in comparison to non-dyslexic people. We want to find out if dyslexic students have a higher level of ability and a quicker speed when it comes to unscrambling words. We are researching this topic in the hopes that we find a more efficient way to teach dyslexic students .’

To Investigate if Honey has Antibacterial Properties - Maisy Brady, Aoibhe Kerins, and Eve Byrne.

It is a long held belief that honey has medicinal properties and we want to put truth to that belief. We covered sterile agar plates in a bacteria called e-coli then created a well in the centre and put the honey in using a dropper. We left them in an incubator for 48hrs at 37°C and when we took them out we could see a zone of inhibition where bacteria didn’t grow as a result of the honey. It is true, honey does have antibacterial properties. So now when you’re not feeling well the best thing to soothe a sore throat is a spoon of honey

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