St Mary’s help the medicine go down

A Spoonful of Medicine 'Lavina Blanking, right whose project concerns the accuracy of using spoons from the cutlery drawer in measuring 5ml doses of liquid medication and the possible harmful consequences with Anna O'Hara.

A Spoonful of Medicine 'Lavina Blanking, right whose project concerns the accuracy of using spoons from the cutlery drawer in measuring 5ml doses of liquid medication and the possible harmful consequences with Anna O'Hara.

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Research by Derry schoolgirls into how accurately 5 ml doses of medicine are measured is among the final entries at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition which takes place at the RDS in Dublin next week.

The organisers say that the Northern Ireland qualifying entries make for an interesting and quirky mix.

St. Mary’s College qualified for the exhibition with their project, ‘A Spoonful of Medicine,’ which will investigate how accurately 5 ml doses of medicine are measured using various measuring devices such as spoons supplied with the medicines and spoons of various sizes and types from the cutlery drawer.

Research by student Lavina Blanking will also look into the implications of inaccurate dosages and whether patients are generally getting the required dosage that they need.

In its 48th year, the world leading event continues to attract a huge number of entries from schools across the island of Ireland.

There’s every possibility that finalists exhibiting at the event will be future entrepreneurs, leaders in science and medicine or the next IT sensation.

Peter Morris, Director of Consumer and Corporate Services at BT, said: “Visitors to the exhibition next week will be able to see first-hand how NI students are using their skills to investigate and develop ways to help people with illness and disability as well as the additional mix of projects that will be on display.

“We are delighted that students are using their interest in the STEM subjects to devise innovative and practical ways of making a positive contribution to society.”

All Northern Ireland qualifying schools will this year also be in with a chance to win the new Best Northern Ireland School Overall Award.

St Mary’s College has entered the competition before and has several projects entered in this year’s exhibition.

The 2012 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 12–14. For more information, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com, check out http://www.facebook.com/BTYSTE, follow on twitter at http://twitter.com/btyste or call 0800 917 1297.