JACK’S CRACKING IDEA HATCHES TOP AWARD AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITION

first_imgFianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin pictured with teacher Rachel McGuiness and Jack McDermott from Moville Community College, Co Donegal with their project titled ‘ To Investigate if the shape of an egg affects the hatch rate in chickens’ at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS. The 2015 Exhibition received its highest ever number of entries, over 2000 projects from more than 360 schools across Ireland. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.AN INISHOWEN student took silver in the BT Young Scientist of the Year awards in Dublin.Jack McDermott, a 4th year student at Moville Community College took second spot in the Biological and Ecological category with his investigation to see if the shape of an egg affects the hatch rate in chickens.The 17-year-old was the only Inishowen student in the finals, held in the RDS. Jack has an incubator at home in Moville and used his own chickens for the project, in order to track genetics.He wanted to know if there were differences between hatches and set about dividing the eggs into two groups – ‘regular-shaped’ eggs with no defects and irregular-shaped eggs with defects.Jack said he hoped his findings – that regular-shaped eggs hatch better – would improve the hatch rate in chickens.He was ‘over the moon’ with his award, he said. “Jack’s project is very interesting and he came up with the idea himself. Looking at the bigger picture, his research findings could aid charities such as Bothar (who supply families with chickens) in ensuring they have a more successful hatch,” said teacher Rachel McGuinness.JACK’S CRACKING IDEA HATCHES TOP AWARD AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITION was last modified: January 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BT Young ScientistJack McDermottMoville Community Collegelast_img

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