Carlow teenagers win 2012 'Science for Development Award'
|Two 15 year old teenagers who looked at the role that milk could play in combatting poverty in rural Africa were named winners of the Self Help Africa organised 'Science for Development Award', at the annual BT Young Scientists Exhibition in Dublin.|
|selected by the adjudicators for the €5,000 annual bursary.|
Minister of State for Development and Trade Joe Costello, T.D., presented the award, and paid tribute to the young winners for their innovative and valuable study.
The Minister said that the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition had played an invaluable role in encouraging Ireland's young people to realise their potential as innovators and inventors, and added that the 'Science for Development Award' encouraged Irelands young people to think about the challenges facing others in the Developing World.
'From my visits around the exhibition hall today I have been particularly inspired by the number of schools harnessing the power of science for use in the developing world. Meeting so many students who are applying their scientific and technical knowledge for the purpose of improving the lives of people in the developing world is enormously encouraging, the Minister said.
The winning entrants will have an opportunity later this year to travel to a developing country to test their project in field. This visit will be supported by Irish Aid and Self Help Africa.
Self Help Africa's development education co-ordinator Patsy Toland said that there had been some fantastic projects in the running for the Science for Development Award in 2012, but that Keane and DJ were fitting winners for the manner they had set out to look at both the nutritional importance of dairy produce for the world's poor.