IOP presents prize at young scientists’ exhibition in Ireland

14 January 2016

The IOP presented a prize for the physics project that it judged to be the best at Ireland’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, held in Dublin on 6–9 January.

IOP presents prize at young scientists’ exhibition in Ireland

The event, which includes shows, exhibitions and workshops, encompassed a competition that attracted 2,048 entries. The IOP in Ireland awards an annual prize for the best project in the physical sciences category, and this year it went to students from Christian Brothers School Synge Street for their project “Numerical algorithms for constrained motion in classical mechanics”.

The project, by Leaving Certificate students Aleksander Kozina and Keshav Sapkota, also won the senior group prize in the physical, chemical and mathematical category. Both students said they were delighted to win the prize, which was presented at the award ceremony by Aimee Stapleton (pictured) of the University of Limerick – this year's winner of the IOP Rosse Medal for postgraduate communication of physics.

The IOP in Ireland had a stand at the event where volunteers engaged with students and members of the public of all ages. Exhibits at the stand were focused on many aspects of light, including radiation uses in medical physics and diffraction grating glasses to view a range of light sources. Alongside the hands-on exhibits, thousands of visitors picked up a range of literature on many areas of physics, from photonics and CERN to courses and careers.