IOP award for best physics project at BT Young Scientist

18 January 2016

The Institute of Physics prize for the best project in the physical sciences section of the 2016 BT Young Scientist was awarded to students from CBS Synge Street in Dublin for their project ‘Numerical algorithms for constrained motion in classical mechanics’.

Aleksander Kozina and Keshav Sapkota

Leaving Certificate students Aleksander Kozina and Keshav Sapkota had both previously entered the competition as individual students but last summer decided to come together to tackle a challenging problem. Their work has applications in locating spacecraft in space.

Both students said they were “delighted with the award”, which was presented at the award ceremony by Aimee Stapleton of the University of Limerick. Aimee is this year's winner of the IOP Rosse Medal for postgraduate communication of physics.

The pair also won the Senior Group Prize in the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical section and both are planning to continue in the sciences at third level next year.

Around 60,000 people attended the three-day event, keeping volunteers at the IOP Ireland stand exceptionally busy as they engaged with students and members of the public of all ages.

With 2015-2016 being the International Year of Light, exhibits at the stand were focused on many aspects of light, including radiation uses in medical physics and lots of fun with special diffraction grating IOP glasses to view a range of light sources. Alongside the hands-on exhibits, thousands of visitors picked up a range of literature on many areas of physics, from photonics and CERN to courses and careers.