BT Young Scientist sees two Dublin students claim top prize

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The 58th BT Young Scientist has been won by two students from Synge Street CBS in Dublin.

Aditya Joshi, 15, and Aditya Kumar, 16, won the grand prize for their project which was called: “A New Method of Solving the Bernoulli Quadrisection Problem.”

Their project was categorised in the Intermediate section of Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences section.

For winning the overall prize, the two Dubliners take home €7,500 and the BTYSTE Perpetual Trophy.

They will also represent Ireland at the EU Contest for Young Scientists which takes place in September.

Commenting on the winning project, Professor Pat Guiry, Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry at UCD said: “The students tackled the problem using the technique of particle swarm optimisation, an algorithmic approach inspired by the biological phenomena of the behaviour of individuals within flocks or swarms.”

“The judges were highly impressed by their elegant work, their creative ideas and their excellent presentation skills. The students presented a new approach to a problem that dates back to 1687, while also identifying areas of possible application in contemporary engineering.”

The individual award was also won by a Dubliner, Ross O’Boyle, a TY student from Portmarnock Community College.

His project was called: “An investigation into the effectiveness of various ventilation methods using CO2 as a proxy for the spread of Covid-19 in both controlled and real-life scenarios,” and was categorised in the intermediate level for Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences Individual section.