The 2006 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition winner, Aisling Judge tells her story

Posted: January 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

It is absolutely amazing to be back in the RDS- I can’t believe it has been five years since I won. This competition is the most amazing thing ever!

For me, my project began with a conversation in my kitchen during the summer of 2005. My Dad started complaining that the milk in our fridge kept going off before its use by date. This sparked a conversation about how dangerous this could be if it happened with meats. Little did I know then that this moment would change my life.

In the first week of September my school (Kinsale Community School) started getting together entries for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. I decided to try to look further into the problem my dad was having during the summer. I quickly started my research and put together a one page proposal for my project. At the start of October, I submitted my entry and then the waiting began!

We found out at the start of November whether or not we had been accepted. I was thrilled to find that five projects from my school had qualified for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. We were guaranteed our place at the RDS- this was when the excitement really kicked in! I started doing tests immediately which involved me taking readings every 3 hours- so I had a lot of sleepless nights!

Nearer the date of the exhibition I didn’t think I would get it to work. It was the Sunday before we travelled that I had my EUREKA moment and got my final results! Then there was the mad panic in school with all hands on deck to get the reports printed in time and before I knew it we were off to the RDS.

My project was called ‘The development and evaluation of a biological food spoilage indicator’. I became the first junior category winner in the history of the competition. I produced a microbiological food quality indicator to enable the public to determine how fresh a food is regardless of its storage conditions. I then competed as the Irish representative in the 18th EU Contest for Young Scientists in Stockholm and despite being the youngest competitor, and competing against many students who were in university, I won third place!

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