Megan Fitzgerald, a fifth year student at the Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel won third prize in the Senior Biology individual category of the BT Young Scientist Competition, which was recently held in the RDS.
Her project was called " Reducing the effects of Ammonia".
Ammonia gas is a byproduct of urea which can cause respiratory problems in horses and Megan discovered that it can dissolve into their drinking water. Horses won’t drink this water and can become dehydrated. She measured both the air and water levels of ammonia and effectively reduced this using a silica based prototype.
Megan spent the last two years working on the project and it is a huge achievement to win a category prize at the BT Young Scientist Competition.
It is five years since a South Tipperary school won an award at the competition. Meagan greatly appreciates the assistance of her Biology teacher,Ms.Marie Lawlor and Tom O Ceallaigh MSD.
MSD sponsored the ammonia meter and gave advice on experimental design. Presentation Secondary School Clonmel congratulates Megan on her outstanding success and thank Ms.Lawlor and Mr O Ceallaigh for their assistance to the project.