The Big Bang Awards - Northern Ireland 2018
There was great excitement again for Richard Beattie and Dylan Bagnall after they became the overall winners of the Sentinus Big Bang Fair (the Northern Ireland equivalent of The Young Scientist at the end of June. Click here to read more about this prestigious competition. The boys in fact won two prizes for their project titled 'Identifying bats from the roost using an inexpensive rasberry pi detector and PCR': The Sentinus Engineering Skills Award worth £125, and the overall prize of the Sentinus Award to attend and enter the Intel ISEF Competition being held in Arizona next year, with an all expenses trip for themselves and their teacher, Ciaran O'Connor.
The research for this project was undertaken at Dylan's home in Kentstown, Co Meath, where they have had a bat roost for many years, with a variery of species and on the grounds of The King's Hospital school. They boys also won two top prizes at the BT Young Scientist this year, details here.
Gerard Hughes of Sentinus Northern Ireland told us 'the key factors considered by the judges in awarding this top prize are':
- how innovative the project is
- how novel the concept
- the technology is there support a research project
- an interdisciplinary project
- presentation skills (of which they were very impressed)
- analysing data
- scope for further research
Sentinus is a charity in Northern Ireland supported by the Department of Education. It is a cross boarder initiative that encourages cooperation between schools North and South of the border. The purpose of the competition is to promot enquiry-based projects encouraging the use of skills that are so necessary for today's ever-changing work environment.
We are hugely proud of Dylan, Richard and their teachers. Well done boys and good luck in Arizona!!