The trio are now in contention to make the shortlist for the prestigious prize, details of which will be announced on August 4.
Rose Anne O’Mahony, 16, from Minane Bridge in south Co Cork, is one of the contenders. A student of Christ King Girls’ Secondary School, her project is entitled Mathematical Modelling of Grass Growth Trends Climate Change Patterns and the Need for CO2 Stability. In her online biography she claims her interest in global warming began after watching Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth.
Another Irish contender is Claire Gregg, a 13-year-old student at Loreto College on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. Her project involved building a computer model of the transmission of the ebola virus disease and using it to explore how changes in behaviour could lower the transmission rate.
The third Irish contender is Louis Madden, a 16-year old student at Saint Macartan’s College, Monaghan. His project is called Bringing Genetics to the Masses: The Next Step in Genetic Research, and involved him building laboratory equipment to extract chloroplast DNA using a proprietary DNA extraction kit.
The regional finalists yesterday were announced as part of what the Google Science Fair called ‘90 Ideas That May Change The World’. The global finalists will be announced next month when the Irish contenders will be up against other entries from as far afield as Taiwan, South Africa and Russia.