BT Young Scientists at RDS

This year the school entered the BT Young Scientist competition, a very prestigious all-Ireland Science competition for pupils aged between 11 and 18. Students must implement a science project within the fields of:

Biological and Ecological Sciences,

Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences,


Social and Behavioural Sciences.


3000 entries were submitted to BT for the 2011 competition and only 520 projects were accepted for the final. We are proud to report that two projects from BGS were accepted for the final which took place at the RDS in Dublin from 12th -15th January 2011.

A year 9 group, consisting of Sam Haley, Matthew Bryson and James McGrath, with their project entitled ‘Diagnosing Seasonal Affective Disorder in a School Environment’ and a year 12 group, consisting of Peter Kyle, Ryan Graham and Aaron Wilkinson, with their project entitled ‘Wireless greenhouse plant monitor’ exhibited their projects at the exhibition. They experienced several rounds of judging and explained their projects to other schools and member of the public alike for the 4-day exhibition.

They did extremely well in representing the school and were given many positive comments by the judges. The year 9 group picked up a ‘Highly Commended’ award and were spotted by the Science Gallery at Trinity in Dublin who rated them amongst their top 40 projects and invited them to become Science Gallery ambassors and attend a further session at the Gallery in late February.