At Future Human, Coláiste Choilm students Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan chatted about their award-winning BT Young Scientist project.
Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan, now fifth-year students at Coláiste Choilm in Co Cork, were named winners of this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The pair’s research investigated the prevalence of gender stereotyping in five to seven-year-olds and developed an initiative to combat gender bias.
Speaking with Silicon Republic editor Elaine Burke at Future Human 2020, Harris said the idea for this topic came from thinking about what Leaving Cert subjects they would like to study once they finished transition year.
“We were talking to our friends, asking them what [subjects] they were choosing and what we found is that the majority of students who were choosing subjects like art and music were girls and the majority of students who were choosing subjects like construction and physics were boys,” he said.
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Words by Colm Gorey