St Killian’s pick up 4 Science Awards

Stephen Emerson accepting the Best Overall award from Shiela and George Porter

St Killian’s won not one, but two, major prizes at this week’s SciFest competition in Derry.

Stephen Emerson and Sean Martin won “Best Overall Project” and as a result qualify to go to Dublin for last 16 in All-Ireland SciFest final.  They also won the “Boston Scientific Medical Devices’ award” and are in the final shake-up for their overall Award.

Stephen Emmerson accepts the Boston Scientific Medical Devices’ award from Shiela PorterStephen with his Distance Diagnostics' Project

The project called “Distance Diagnostics” allows patients to be monitored and diagnosed via the internet from their own home. Doctors can monitor temperature, blood oxygen level, check pulse rate and view patients live etc, without having to visit them.

The second winning entry came from Seamus Delargy and Oran McDonnell and it won “Abbot Best overall Project Award”. The boys also won “Big Bang Award” and go forward to take part in the Final of the Big Bang Competition in Birmingham.

Seamus Delargy (left) and Oran McDonnell being presented with the Abbot Best overall Project Award from George PorterThe Big Bang award went to St Killian's students Oran McDonnell and Seamus Delargy, presented by Deirdre Hargan

The boys designed and made a device to text farmers when cows are coming near calving. It will use the temperature of the cow and the number of tail swishes for activation and then send a warning text to the farmer.

The judges interview Oran and Seamus about their Calving Caller project

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