The girls beat off competition from more than 120 students from 38 countries, ranging in ages from 14-20 to win the award worth €7,000 as well as an honorary award of an all-expenses-paid trip to the London International Youth Science Forum.
Ciara, Emer and Sophie from Kinsale Community College, Co Cork, won the 2013 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition prize for their project entitled ‘A statistical investigation of the effects of diazotroph bacteria on plant germination.’
Their project investigated the benefits of diazotrophs during the germination stage of plant growth. The girls statistically analysed the results of their investigations using the student T-test.
“In 25 years of competing at the EU competition, Ireland has now taken home the top honours 15 times, out-performing all other countries,” said BT Ireland chief executive Colm O’Neill.
“We believe this major award will add to the future career prospects for Ciara, Emer and Sophie, raise the profile of their school and teachers, and further boost the impressive international credentials of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The girls have done us proud.”