BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2021 – Castlerea Community School

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Published on January 7th, 2021 | by admin

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BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2021

Maegan McGourty and Leah Fitzpatrick qualified for this years BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition with their project, “The Impact of Covid-19 on the Lives of People in Our School Community”
They chose a subject that was relevant with what is happening in the world today.
The aim of their study was to ascertain how Covid-19 and lockdown had affected the lives of people in our school community. They also wanted to include important topics such as mental health and well-being.
The main focus of their project was on mental health. This was an issue they both felt very strongly about. They wanted to emphasize that “it’s ok not to be ok” and that it is important to express our emotions to others.
They were concerned that the mental health and well-being of our school community, was being challenged. They investigated how social isolation, online learning, and the stress of being in a global pandemic had taken its toll on young people.
They also investigated people’s opinions on the Coronavirus, their level of fear around the virus, if they felt safe in school and what more they think could be done to control the spread of Covid-19 within the school community. They also wanted to do this project to debunk the talk around “school students don’t care about the virus and it’s their faults that we cannot control the spread,” as many other people might assume.
The results of their investigation have shown that both staff and students were greatly impacted by the onset of Covid-19. Their surveys have shown that it took a lot for people to adapt to the new way of life and it had greatly impacted their well-being. They found out that lockdown had really taken a toll, especially on students’ mental health. Everyone’s lives have been changed and affected in many ways.
To conclude, they have come up with some recommendations about what could be done for people in our school community. The main change we need is even more mental health and well-being supports throughout our community through a variety of different ways including workshops and classes. Students need to be educated consistently on the spread and prevention of the Coronavirus. Lastly they say we need to continue to work well together as we have been doing, thus far, to control the spread of Covid-19. Their results have shown that many people are fearful and anxious for themselves, friends and family members. They also showed concern for the actions of other people. The girls say that if our school community and the wider community continues to follow the recommended Coronavirus guidelines, we can allow our community to come together again in a safe and protected manner.
Stay Safe, Wear Your Mask, Sanitise, Social Distance!


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