Video: Erinn and Sophie's Project

Video: Erinn and Sophie's Project

To view a video describing Erinn and Sophie's GYSTB award winning project please visit the following LINK.

21 June 2021 – Five SciFest projects represented Ireland at the virtual Hong Kong Global Youth Science and Technology Bowl (GYSTB) 2021 at the weekend and claimed a Bronze Grand Award, two second-place category awards and two Honourable Mentions.

The Grand Award was claimed by Erinn Leavy and Sophie McArdle from St Vincent’s Secondary School in Dundalk for their project, An Analysis of Physiological and Running Metrics in 3km Cross Country Running in Comparison to Track and Treadmill. The girls set out to investigate if cross country running was better preparation for marathons than track or treadmill training.

GYSTB is organised by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and was broadcasted live globally on 20 June. The competition attracted 133 project entries from 26 countries or regions all competing for prizes. This year eight Irish students from five different schools were invited to enter their projects into the finals following their performances in last year’s SciFest National Final. Regeneron ISEF Champion Conor Casey from Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, won a second-place award, as did Giulia Baratta from St Andrew’s College in Dublin. Caoimhín O'Leary from Ard Scoil na Mara, Tramore, Co. Waterford and Dara Newsome, Conor Bradshaw and David Hughes from Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee, Co. Kerry, achieved Honourable Mentions.

Speaking about their award, Erinn Leavy said: "Sophie and I are absolutely over the moon to receive an overall Bronze Grand Award. It is such a great honour to get to compete on a global stage against people from all over the world. This is a fantastic reward for our hard work and it is great to see our research acknowledged by international experts. It is also a great testament to the essential support and encouragement given to us by our families, our teacher Mr White and all the staff of St Vincent’s Secondary School. We are also grateful to SciFest who give us the opportunity to compete on the international stage and achieve this goal.”


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