January 26, 2021

Tramore student takes top prize for science project

A student from Waterford has won a major science award and will now represent Ireland in an international competition.

Caoimhín O’Leary, a sixth-year student from Ard Scoil na Mara in Tramore, has been named the SciFest SFI STEM Champion 2020.

He won with an innovative video analysis measurement system for rehabilitating patients after joint injury or joint surgery. His system uses advanced computer software to measure joint and bone position. This form of joint measurement can be achieved remotely and faster and less invasive than methods commonly used.

Caoimhín will represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) next May.

SciFest is an all-island STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second-level student

Education Minister Norma Foley sent Caoimhín her “hearty congratulations”.

“The future of STEM in Ireland is clearly very bright,” she said. “The standard was incredibly high”.

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