Winners of BT Scientist award

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Two schoolgirls from Oakgrove Integrated College have picked up an award at the annual BT Scientist of the Year Awards at the RDS in Dublin.

Megan Duffy and Zoe McGirr won the Irish Aid and Gorta Self Help Africa award for its highly commended “seed harvesting kit for subsistence farmers in developing countries”.

The device built by the girls is now set to be used in Ethiopia.

Zoe says their project aims to build a kit that will help farmers in developing countries become more sustainable by giving them everything they need to re-use their seeds.

Megan adds that their kit is solar-powered and is being “sent to Africa by a charity to see how it can cope with the increased temperatures”.

Oakgrove Integrated students were also highly commended for another project, “Investigating the flow properties of Granular Materials”.

Colm O’Neill, chief executive of BT Ireland, said, “We shouldn’t miss how some of these young people are coming up with ideas that can be turned into businesses in their own right.”