‘Blind obedience’ from Belvedere students
Two Belvedere College students won second prize in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition awards at the RDS, Dublin, 13-16 Jan. Owen Killian and Andrew Griffin investigated the use of intense ultraviolet radiation (UVC) to preserve par-baked bread. This novel technique if proven could save bakeries a fortune when compared to current methods of preservation which are difficult and lengthy. David Connellan and Killian Creaner examined the similarities between ant colonies and human societies, whilst John King and Brian Donnelly entered a project in the Behavioural Sciences category entitled “Do as you’re told: A study into blind obedience”. Both projects were highly commended. And for once students were allowed to throw paper planes in class as Cormac Fitzgerald and Iarla Scaife investigated the variance of the flight-path of paper aeroplanes depending on their weight, in their project ‘Made to Fly’!