A pupil from Wellington College in Belfast has won the overall Northern Ireland award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition (BTYSTE).
15-year-old Harvey Donnelly from Wellington College in Belfast impressed judges with his project, which uses a computer programme to model electrochemical cell reactions to build better batteries.
The 4th year student presented his research alongside 550 other science and technology projects, all competing for the coveted title of ‘BT Young Scientist & Technologist’.
Principal of Wellington College in Belfast, Mr David Castles commented on Harvey’s achievement at BTYSTE;
“We are very proud of Harvey’s achievement. This is a great example of how young people are able to engage with the issues society faces and use technology to offer innovative solutions. Harvey’s project really shows our ethos to engage, educate and empower being put into action.
Harvey takes up every opportunity he is offered, and I’m so pleased for both him and our Head of Physics, Mr Cardwell, who has supported him to develop and deliver this exciting project.”
Harvey commented on his recent experience at the BTYSTHE and winning the overall Northern Ireland award at the event:
“It was fantastic to be surrounded by all the other projects at the BTYSE finals, several academics came to ask me about my research and offer to help me take it further. I want to thank Wellington for all the support they have given me, especially my Physics teacher Mr Cardwell.
I’ve learned so much and my project has already taken me to Queen’s University, where I’ve been talking to researchers in the Department of Chemistry. I want to develop better batteries and, ultimately, address the biggest challenges facing the world, like climate change and the need for renewable energy.”
Four thousand two hundred and fifty-one pupils entered 2,031 science projects for the awards held in the RDS Dublin which attracted thousands of visitors.
The winners at the 54th annual awards were announced on Friday night (12th January 2018).