Two Dublin students say they are “shocked and shocked” after being crowned the overall winners of this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition.
The iconic company Aditya Joshi (15) and Aditya Kumar (15) from Singe Street CBS in Dublin have taken the title for their project ‘A New Method of Solving the Bernoulli Quadrisection Problem’.
The quadrilateral triangle problem deals with finding the two perpendicular lines that divide a given triangle into four equal areas.
His project emerges from a field of geometry that has a very long history.
Joshi and Kumar decided to offer a new approach to the problem, which dates back to 1687.
They used the technique of “particle swarm adaptation”, a computer algorithm inspired by biological phenomena observed in the behavior of a swarm of birds or a swarm of bees.
Both boys expressed their surprise at winning the BTYSTE Perpetual Trophy and the top prize of €7,500.
“It felt like surreal, six months of hard work during the holidays and everything so it was really cool to get a win in return,” Joshi said.
“I thought we did really well in productions with the judges, so I was surprised that we didn’t win anything in the category awards and then we won it.
Kumar said: “It feels unreal, I feel so happy and excited about it.
“We won the whole thing. I was just shocked and so surprised, they told me to bring my uniform and get ready to be on camera, I was just so shocked.”
This is the fourth time that a Dublin school has won the BTYSTE, having previously won in 2012, 2009 and 2004.
Students presented their project in Intermediate section in Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences category.
Joshi also entered the competition in 2020 and finished third in his category.
Both the students are interested in pursuing a career in software engineering.
Kumar said: “I am stuck between two roads. I want to be a software engineer but also want to be a doctor but I still have to decide which one to go for. ,
Whereas Joshi said that he also dreams of starting his own company one day.
“I am really interested in computers, so I was looking into software engineering or robotics. I would also like to start my own company if I get an idea for it.
It is also a very special day for Joshi as he is celebrating his 15th birthday. Their birthday cake-cutting plans had to be put on hold when the pair were declared winners.
“When the prizes were coming up, we were about to cut our birthday cake, so hopefully we can cut it later today when we have time,” he said.
Ross O’Boyle (16) was the individual winner of the competition for his project, titled ‘Efficacy of various ventilation methods using CO2 as a proxy for the spread of COVID-19 in both controlled and real-life scenarios’ the inspection’.
A student of the transition year from Portmarnock Community College, Dublin was in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences individual category at the Intermediate level.
“I am absolutely delighted, all the hard work and research paid off, so I am thrilled about it. I was not expecting to win as I did, it was a shock,” he said.
“The issue of ventilation is a very topical issue and at the same time I love data gathering and data analysis. I incorporated mathematical modeling into my project to predict overtime CO2 levels and I also wanted to assess whether How were the CO2 levels in the classrooms.”
I have found that the concentration level of CO2 in a room is much higher at higher altitudes.
As a result, Ross recommends that CO2 monitors be placed at a certain height in each orbit.
“My two main conclusions would be that CO2 concentrations do indeed increase with altitude in rooms, and this would be an unexpected result because CO2 is heavier than air and this has implications for issues such as the placement of CO2 monitors.
“I recommend that CO2 monitors be placed in classrooms at a height of one to 1.5 meters. Placing them at ground level will not represent the actual CO2 levels experienced by students.
“I wanted to help as much as I could, and I think my project will be useful to people and the general public.”
Ross conducted controlled trials in a closed room in his own home.
“They involved the release of CO2 from a gas cylinder in a very safe and controlled manner followed by the implementation of various ventilation measures, and monitoring of CO2 decay.
“I did real-life testing in orbits and monitoring CO2 levels over an extended period involved placing CO2 sensors in two different orbits,” he said.