Three transition year students from Westmeath have won the best overall group award for their project 'Wool - Saviour of our Sea' at the BT Young Scientist competition.

Abby Mullins, Chloe Murphy and Megan Carroll from Moate Community School said their project looked at how developing a wool blanket enabled the removal of oil slicks following an oil spill in a seaside or maritime location.

Individual winner

The overall individual winner was Gregory Tarr, aged 17, a sixth-year student in Bandon Grammar School in Cork for his project 'Detecting state-of-the-art deepfakes'.

The project looked at how fake news could be sieved through media channels.

“It is encouraging to witness the level of creativity and innovation of the students as demonstrated through their meticulously researched and ingenious projects," said Minister for Education Norma Foley TD.

"Each student is a credit to themselves, their families, schools, communities, and every one of them should be proud of their accomplishments.”

Other highly commended agricultural-interest awards included:

  • Could vertical farming be used as a more efficient farming method than conventional arable farming in Ireland? By Niamh McManus and Jess Joy from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.
  • What's the best straw bedding for housing cattle indoors over winter? By Louise Crinion and Claire Finnegan from St Joseph's Secondary School, Co Meath.