News 2014

BEES Transition Year Programme participant reaches final of Google Science Fair

10 Sep 2014

Sophie Healy-Thow and her team mates need your vote to win the Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair has been running world wide since the beginning of the year and it has now reached the finals stage. A 5th year team from Kinsale Community School (Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey, Sophie Healy-Thow) have  progressed through the various stages in the competition eventually ending up as finalist representatives of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  

Sophie Healy-Thow took part in this year's BEES Transition Year Programme where she got first-hand experience of the type of research being carried out across the different disciplines. You can read Sophie's account of her time here on the BEES Blog.

The girls were previous winners of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2013 and the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) 2013.  They are now in the final 5 for their age group as part of Google Science Fair and go to San Francisco next week to compete in the Finals.

Their innovation involves using a specialised natural bacteria that promotes nitrogen fixation in legumes and applying it to promote the germination and subsequent foliar growth of common food crops.  Their thousands of samples and over 100,000 manual measurements has shown with great statistical power a very impressive increase in germination rate and crop yield.

There is a global vote running until this coming Sunday Sept 14th for the public to pick the project most likely to change the world and needless to say the girls would like to encourage people to support their project.

You can vote for the team here.

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