Tuesday 22nd January, 2013BT Young Scientists
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Young scientists Ultan and Louis presented an excellent project for the BT Young Scientist Competition and were so happy with the experience that they intend entering again next year. Their project was an investigation into a comparision of branded batteries against generic batteries. From their extensive research and testing they discovered that the cheaper generic batteries performed better and lasted longer than their more expensive counterparts in low and medium drain devices while the branded ones performed better in the high drain devices.Ultan and Louis were highly commended for their work.


Ryan Treanor and Michael McKenna during their interview by Caitríona Perry for RTE News.


St. Macartan’s College 5th Year students Michael McKenna and Ryan Treanor took third place in the Senior Group Category of the BT Young Scientist Competition at the RDS last Weekend. Their project entitled “Card-Counting: A Real Life Application of Probability” was entered in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences section and focussed on the fundamental mathematics behind counting systems in the card game Blackjack. They investigated areas such as the odds behind winning hands, the probability of loss and players expected returns on bets placed. Their project enjoyed considerable interest from a wide range of visitors to the event. This interest included a request from a university lecturer to use the project as part of a college module and obviously from those who like an occasional flutter on a card table.