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  • Northside East

Darndale young scientists praised

Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018 7:59am
Darndale young scientists praised

Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (Lab) pictured with some of the pupils involved in the project at Our Lady Immaculate School, Darndale.

Darndale young scientists praised

Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (Lab) pictured with some of the pupils involved in the project at Our Lady Immaculate School, Darndale.

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PUPILS at a Northside school have been praised for their efforts at this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

The fifth class pupils at Our Lady Immaculate Senior School, Darndale, challenged the myth that if you drop food on the ground you have a five-second window to pick it up and eat it safely. 

Working with scientists from Alltech Laboratories, the pupils used different foods (crackers, bread, banana and cheese) and left them on the ground for different lengths of time (0, 5 and 10 seconds). 

They also tried different areas around the school both inside and out. They then counted up the numbers of bacteria connected to the foods. 

While it’s no great surprise that the longer the food was left on the ground the more bacteria that gathered on it – the amount of bacteria after five seconds was a shock.  

It became quite clear that food that has been on the ground for five seconds is not in fact safe to eat despite the myth. The children were chosen to present the findings of their project, titled ‘The 5 Second Rule’ at the Primary Science Fair as part of the BTYSTE.  And they were one of the most popular stands leading the coverage on both RTE and TV3’s news bulletins that day. They also featured in the national media. 

Although the Primary students are not in competition, they are judged and this year Eibhlin Cusack from Met Eireann visited the stand. All of the children spoke particularly well and represented Darndale with distinction.

Cllr Alison Gilliland (Lab) commended the pupils. 

“These young pupils demonstrated their investigative skills with great expertise and authority,” she said.

“Having previously taught in Our Lady Immaculate I know how hard it is to achieve an invitation to participate in the BTYSTE as well as the time, detail and effort that is needed for such a project both from the pupils themselves and their teachers not to mention the encouragement and support of their parents. These pupils are a credit to their community.”

Some of the pupils at Our Lady Immaculate School, Darndale, working on the project that brought them great success.

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