The BT Young Scientist Hopefuls From Colaiste Mhuire CBS In Mullingar

Written 7 months ago by Angel Croitor

One student from Colaiste Mhuire CBS in Mullingar is hoping to patent an idea that may soon make your morning commute more manageable.

Ruaridhi O’Sullivan Sexton has been speaking to Midlands 103’s Mary-Kate Findon about the idea that seeks to integrate common retroreflectors on roads to the ‘internet of things’ to allow road users to visualize traffic data in their area.

“Google maps has a billion monthly users – it will be accurate data – it will almost be a waste to not see this data being used to benefit road users.”

Ruaridhi says that one huge benefit is increasing road safety.

“If the data is available to road users on the road – they don’t need to be using their phones.”

His peers, Jamie O’Reilly and Mark Kearns, wanted to work out when we should brace ourselves for our next recession. They did this by using past figures, current figures and contacting professionals such as Dr. Alan Ahearne and Simon Coveney for advice.

Owen Rattigan and Cian Flaherty took to making an app that will alert you if there is a flood warning in your area. This was inspired by last year’s events in Athlone that saw an urgent need for flood defences.

Behind all these brilliant young minds is an equally brilliant teacher Eva Acton who has been running flat out to keep everyone on track.

“You see the polished products at the end of the day but some serious hard work has been going on behind the scenes. All of our students here have been back at lunch times and after school on Friday – they’ve put in some massive hours.”

Charlie Drumm wanted to make farm life easier for himself and like minded bovine farmers by coming up with an idea where two robots on either side of a field is connecting by an electric fence line. The robots then move the fence closer to the cows to direct them to fresh grass to ensure constant grazing throughout the day. It also ensures that they won’t be walking on fresh grass before they eat it which Charlie says increases utilisation on the farm.

“I came up with the idea in 2015 – I have the physical hardware and the electronics – I have a lot of it built and prototyped.”

Ruairi Fagan was put on a two year waiting list to see a specialist when he was diagnosed with epilepsy. This inspired an invention, with the co-operation of Paul McCoole and Gerald McFay, called Communicaid.

“It’s a mobile application that we’ve been developing for about six months now. It aims to enhance patient-specialist communications – simply patients and users day to day tasks.”

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019 is running during the 9th – 12th January. We wish the boys of Colaiste Mhuire in Mullingar the best of success.

You can hear the full interview up above.