National Children's Research Centre

NCRC award at BT Young Scientist Exhibition

January 27, 2014


Congraulations to Catherine Gallagher, Alva Vesey and Emer Vesey, from Achill, who were the winners of the NCRC Special Award, at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS earlier this month. Their project entitled “The effect of school chairs on teenagers’ backs and posture”, was chosen by the judges for its contribution to children’s health. The students looked at the standard school chair and its suitability to the student population, and showed that only 2 of 80 students were suited to this chair. They also showed that use of an alternative chair for a fixed time improved posture and wellbeing.



This was the first time that The NCRC took a stand at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition, and in addition to the NCRC Special Award, we ran a competition at our stand, asking students to describe in a few lines “How research can improve childrens’ lives’; sticking their entry onto our competition wall. 2,000 students entered the competition over the 3 days, and there were 6 winner: 2 in each of the age groups primary school, junior cycle and senior cycle. Congratulations to the six winners, Richard Williams (Wesley College) Ellen Crowley (Ballinamere National School) Carla Dunne (Gaelscoil Cill Mhantain), Patrick O’Callaghan, (Blackrock College), Jason Lenihan, (Bishopstown Community School), and Aoife Hughes, (Presentation Secondary School Loughboy). All winners received a gift pack from the NCRC.