Shannonside students star in Young Scientist exhibition

Students from Roscommon, Longford and Leitrim are hoping for some success in this year’s BT Young Scientists exhibition with the overall winner due to be announced this evening.

Schools from Roscommon, Longford and Leitrim have all been successful in getting through to the event this year, with projects such as people’s attitudes to women’s football to a study on the success rate of bird-boxes as a means of conservation.

Students from Roscommon Community College carried out a study about the HPV vaccine and how much students and parents knew about it.


Tara Hegarty from the school says they found there needs to be much more use of social media if the Department of Health wants to increase the take-up levels of the vaccine.


Ezekiel Stevens, from Mohill Community College, devised a means of detecting how much silica that workers are being exposed to during the sandblasting of denim.

Too much exposure causes lung diseases and cancer and the Leitrim student says it’s sad to think that people are dying in the production of such an unnecessary item.