A Westmeath student has won the 2nd place award in the technology senior individual category at the 55th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).
Charlie Drumm, a student at Coláiste Mhuire was also awarded a Teagasc Special Sward for his “Freshgraze” project – an automated cloud controlled moving fence for livestock.Fellow Coláiste Mhuire student Rory O’Sullivan-Sexton was highly commended in the technology intermediate individual category for his work in developing an active road stud that can visually alert road users to traffic levels.
The two boys' science teacher - Eve Acton - who encouraged them all the way and was their projects supervisor, has said on Twitter that she is "bursting with pride".
A number of Highly Commended awards went to projects from the Athlone and Moate areas – three to students at Athlone Community College, two from Our Lady’s Bower and three from Moate Community School.
A number of display awards also came Westmeath students’ way – two to students of The Bower; and one apiece to projects from Athlone Community College and Marist College.
Westmeath had one of its greatest ever levels of representation at this year’s exhibition: an incredible 25 projects qualified.
Thirteen of this year’s qualifying projects were from the Mullingar/ Kilbeggan/ Rochfortbridge area and twelve were from schools in Athlone and Moate.
Seven schools in total are represented.
Coláiste Mhuire has eight projects; there were three from Mercy, Kilbeggan and two from St Joseph’s in Rochfortbridge.
The projects all had to come through a preliminary assessment before being selected for the final, which is the 55th held to date.