Irish student wins BT Young Scientist of the year for discovering a natural antibiotic in a plant in his back garden
A transition year student, who discovered a natural antibiotic in a blackberry bramble plant in his back garden, was named as the winner of the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) on Friday evening.
Simon Meehan, a pupil at Colaiste Choilm in Cork, took home the top prize for his project entitled âInvestigation into the Antimicrobial effects of both aerial and root parts of selected plants against Staphylococcusâ aureus.
Simonâs award, which includes the largest prize fund yet of â¬7,500, the BTYSTE perpetual trophy and a trip to Bletchley Park in the UK the infamous World War II coding centre.
The prize was presented to the 15 year-old winner by Education Minister Richard Bruton and Managing Director of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh.
In addition, and uniquely this year, the winner will h ave the opportunity to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, taking place in the RDS, Dublin in September 2018.
This will be only the second time in the 30-year history of the competition that Ireland will host this prominent international event.
Minister Bruton, said, âIâm delighted to be here at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition - itâs fantastic to see so many young people engaged and inspired by the STEM subjects and their application to real world problems.
âOutside of school activities such as this have a critical role to play in sparking that passion in our children for science and technology and have a massive influence on their engagement with STEM in their future lives.
âI would like to congratulate every student, teacher and school community involved for all their hard work during the year and especially this week. The Exhibition is a highlight for the education calendar every year.â< /p>
Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland said, âThis yearâs Exhibition has exceeded all expectations showcasing projects and innovations which are now, more than ever, pivotal for the future of our society.âSource: Google News