Students from Portlaoise College recently represented their school in the Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS. The second year students Emma Lynch, Saorcha Lawlor and Ben O’ Rourke were delighted to have the opportunity to be involved in the young scientist. Thier project was a sample analysis of Bottled Water and Mains Water. The students in Portlaoise College have been working hard investigating ways of preserving our environment and this is where their idea stemmed from. They examined the chemical and physical differences between bottled and mains water with the aim to make people aware that is actually no significant difference between the two. They wanted to develop an awareness around the unecessary amount of plastic bottles that end up in our landfills and oceans every year. The students involved under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Lawlor have been very busy carrying out a number of chemical tests on their samples and compiling their results. The gained expertise from 2 water purification companies call Whitewater Ireland who are a company based in Stillorgan and also the Water Lab in Cellbridge carried out a number of laboratory tests on the water for the students.
Portlaoise College school principal Mr. Noel Daly said “ he is delighted with the success of the students and the Science Department with the project and their entry into the young scientist competition. This is a result of the emphasis Portlaoise College places on STEM related subjects and the promotion within the curriculum and through the STEM conference.