By Emma Lueders
From the 11th to the 14th of January, Katie Hyland and Abbey Kenney represented Ard Scoil Rathangan at the BT young Scientist exhibition in Dublin. The girls, along with help from their Science teacher Ms. Searing, produced an outstanding project on ‘The effects of doing after school sport’. They displayed the project up in the RDS from Wednesday the 11th til Saturday the 14th. It took the girls 3 to 4 months for the project to fully come together. They got the idea for the project after seeing the amount of injuries in the school. Both girls play sport and have an interest in the field of physiotherapy. They handed out surveys as part of their research and spoke with qualified Physiotherapists. They entered the competition back in September and were Surprised but excited when told their project had passed the judging panel. They got to the hard work and were surprised to find the results of the question posed. According to the girls research, Doing extensive amounts of sport after school can actually lead to more harm than good. This is due to muscle developing faster than the bone so they only recommend doing up to 4 hours of activity a week.
After the long research process the girls got to go up to Dublin to participate in the massive science fair. On Wednesday morning they had to be up at 6 o’clock to beat the traffic up to the RDS. The Atmosphere was electric with so many bright minds gathered in the massive hall. They set up the stall before the opening ceremony. Once the Opening ceremony finished, the place filled with young minds and the girls got to present their projects to all the spectators. Over the course of the days the girls had the chance to socialise with the groups beside them and learn about their topics. You have to be able to make friends to truly enjoy it the girls explain, one of the best parts was meeting new people that you wouldn't meet otherwise. The judging panel came to the girls and were very friendly. The people at the Exhibition were generally friendly and welcoming. They would highly recommend getting involved in the Competition. “It was a great experience,” Abbey says “ The research was interesting and the days were great fun.” “I would really recommend it, even though it was a lot of hard work, it was worth it,” Katie adds.