Young Scientist Competition: 2013 – 2014

Sean Duffy & Warren Gleeson of Desmond College, Newcastle West
have been selected for the UCD Nova Business BootCamp.

The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp was established in 2010 by BT and is delivered jointly with the Office of the Vice-President for Innovation on an annual basis. The Bootcamp, which take place at NovaUCD in March 2014, assists students in bridging the gap between education and business, a challenge that Ireland needs to overcome to achieve its goal of developing an innovative economy and generating employment.

During the four-day skills programme at NovaUCD the students will meet with and hear from business leaders, academics, enterprise boards and a high performance sports personality turned advocate for a ‘re-design revolution’.

Over the course of the bootcamp, they will gain practical business knowledge through a series of workshops and master-classes on subjects including business planning, intellectual property management, design thinking, communications skills, and creative thinking. Team-building skills and one-to-one mentor support for those interested in working in industry or starting their own companies will also be offered.

On the final day of the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp, each team will present their business plans to a judging panel including academics and senior business people. Summer placements at NUI Galway, University College Dublin (UCD), and University of Ulster will be available for the winners.

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Aoife King from Desmond College selected to be interviewed by the President at the Young Scientist Competition

Aoife King from Desmond College selected to be interviewed by the President at the Young Scientist Competition.

Aoife King from Desmond College selected to be interviewed by the President at the Young Scientist Competition

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On 6th January 2014, a gathering took place in Desmond College of past and present Young Scientists to celebrate the 50th Year of the Young Scientist Competition in Ireland. The school has a long history of involvement in the competition which dates back to 1966 when two projects were entered from the Vocational School by mentor Eamon O’Connell.

Since then the school has had tremendous success in the competition winning numerous prizes including Group Winners, Category Winners, Analog Award Winner, twice winning the Teacher of Excellence Award (Donal Enright and Marie Corkery), various Display Awards and Highly Commended. As part of the celebrations the school produced a unique publication which was compiled and coordinated to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the Young Scientists from both the old Vocational School and Desmond College over the years.

It is a great achievement for any school to get projects accepted into this much loved and very high profile national competition, yet year after year Desmond College has succeed in getting a large number of projects accepted. We are one of the top represented schools in Ireland each year and the top Limerick school for three consecutive years.

This success is testament to the calibre of our students, the support that these students get from their parents and the support they get from their teachers. Our gathering was a wonderful night where ‘old’ Young Scientists and ‘new’ Young Scientists shared ideas, swopped stories and enjoyed each other’s company. We sincerely thank all those who came from near and far to be with us on the night and we wish our 21 young students with their 10 projects well as they go to the RDS for the BT Young Scientist Competition 2014.

Desmond College Past Pupils meet this year's Young Scientist 2014 representatives
Young Scientists Emily Duffy and Shannon Naughton meet Desmond College past pupil Kevin Brosnan to discuss their project. Kevin is studying Mathematical Sciences in University of Limerick. Kevin was a Young Scientist in 2009.

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Past Pupil students from Desmond College who were in Young Scientist competition meet this year's contestants
Past Pupil from Desmond College Grainne Bucke gives advice to Young Scientist Steven Brosnan.
Grainne is now studying Clinical Measurement Science and was a young Scientist in 2008.

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Desmond College Young Scientist 2014 Students getting advice from past pupils
Past Pupil from Desmond College Ian Mackessy meets Young Scientists Warren Gleeson and Sean Duffy to discuss their project. Ian is studying as a Bachelor of Science in Product Design and Technology in University of Limerick and was a Young Scientist in 2009.

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Katy Hurley past pupil of Desmond College meets Young Scientists Seamus Hurley and Cian Cremin. Katy was a Young Scientist in 2009 and is now studying Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy in Carlow I.T. Also in photo is Deputy Principal Liz Cregan.

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Desmond College Past Pupil Sisters come in to meet with current pupils and Young Scientist Exhibitors for 2014
Past Pupils from Desmond College Rose, Kate and Alicia Magner meet with Young Scientist Aoife King to discuss her Project. The Magner sisters were all Young Scientists while pupils in the school.
Kate went on to study a BA course in Language and Cultural Studies in UCC and then MA in Film Studies in UCC., Alicia is now doing BSc Midwifery in UCC and Rose went on to the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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