This year was another very successful year for Lanesboro Community College with 4 projects on display in the RDS at the BT Young Scientist 2018. As expected the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience describing the atmosphere as electric. It was a wonderful opportunity for all involved to present their projects to the public and to the judges.
On project stood out for the judges with 5th year student Brian Lyons delighted to be highly commended by the judges for his project “The cure for poor health literacy: An investigation into the readability of public health resources”. This project investigated if the readability of public health information was acting as a barrier to people understanding their own health care.
Brian explains that his project tested several public health resources using 3 reading tests to assess how easy or difficult it was to read. He found that the majority of public health resources were not of the recommended reading level which meant they were potentially a barrier to those accessing health information. Brian was delighted with the experience where he got to meet ministers and the president and he was particularly elated to receive an award for his hard work.
The projects on display were:
Brian Lyons – The cure for poor health literacy? An investigation into the readability of public health resources.
Patrick Kenny, Oran Walton and PJ Connaughton – An investigation into the effect of illicit substance use on student attainment in the Junior Cert.
Orla Lyons – Every day counts: A statistical analysis of the impact of attendance on Junior Cert results.
Adam Kingi – Smartphones- Can They Affect the Neuroplasticity of Babies and Young Children?