Young scientist asks ‘to PE or not to PE?’

Introducing PE as an exam subject is one of three studies by Laois students chosen for the 2015 BT Young Scientist Exhibition next January.

Introducing PE as an exam subject is one of three studies by Laois students chosen for the 2015 BT Young Scientist Exhibition next January.

Heywood student Lisa Daly’s PE project is entered in the Senior Individual Social Sciences Category of the prestigious science and technology exhibition.

“Lisa is looking at whether introducing examinations into Physical Education classes would enhance student engagement and lead to changes in attitude to the subject. She is interested in a career in teaching and would love to study PE,” said her teacher Aodhagan O Suilleabhain.

Also from Heywood is a study by three students on how movie choices are based on personality types.

Bridget-Ann O Neill, Fiona Donohue, Aoife Hosey are conducting surveys among Heywood CS students.

“Research was conducted into different ways personalities are categorized and surveys are being carried out within the school. They are delighted they got through and are looking forward to the experience of presenting their project to the RDS,” said Aodhagan.

The school’s science dept are proud of their record.

“We are very proud of these students’ efforts and hope their experiences will encourage more students to get involved in the future,” he said.

Two years ago Heywood’s Cormac McGowan received third prize in the Senior Individual Biological Sciences category. Last year Ella Barrett won two awards for her project analysing the efficacy of iPad apps in teaching maths, while first years Caoimhe O’Keefe and Ruth Bergin had a project on “The importance of Irish Wetlands”.

“We have a strong interest in the competition among the students and look forward to fostering that enthusiasm for scientific research in the years ahead,” said Aodhagan.

St Mary’s CBS Portlaoise student Caolan Fleming has been accepted in the Junior Tech section for his program NetSafe, which monitors a child’s online activity.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition runs from January 7 to 10, with over 120 awards, including BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year.