Ringsend Students Make History by Winning Award at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

Date added: Jan. 13, 2017

Three Ringsend College Students Toni, Nicole and Kyle made history on Friday 13th January 2017 by winning an award in the RDS at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

This is the first time that students from Ringsend College have represented the school at the event. In its 53rd year, The 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition had 2091 entries from 4,591 students across Ireland. 550 projects were shortlisted to be presented at the exhibition.

Ringsend College submitted 12 applications and the project by Toni, Nicole and Kyle entitled “Mental Health Self Diagnostic Tool” was one of the 550 chosen for the exhibition. The students identified that there have been increasing rates of mental health issues amongst teenagers in recent years and decided to create the tool to help young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

The students created an App primarily for use by teenagers to track certain aspects of their mental health over a period of time. The App then rates the user in certain areas of mental health such as anxiety, depression, eating habits and ADHD. The App gives them suggestions on support available and also actions that they can take.

There was great interest shown in the Self Diagnostic Tool by members of the DCU Philosophy Department, UCD Psychology faculty, staff from St John of God and founder of Pieta House, Joan Freeman. The students are committed to developing the tool further and to working with relevant organisations to support young people with their mental health.

The students were awarded third place in the largest category of the exhibition, Social and Behavioural Sciences.