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News : Innovation Last Updated: Jan 15, 2011 - 9:34 AM

Tennis project wins 2011 Irish Young Scientist prize
By Finfacts Team
Jan 15, 2011 - 9:29 AM

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A  project to develop a tennis coaching tool has won the 2011 Irish Young Scientist prize.

The project which uses sensors to identify and analyse various types of tennis shots has won the first prize at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which is due to finish Saturday.

Alexander Amini (15) of Castleknock College Dublin developed a computerised movement sensor system, which tracks arm and racket movement in an effort to develop the perfect swing.

The announcement was made by the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan, Friday evening at the RDS in Dublin.

Alexander Amini, who is in Fourth Year, won a cheque for €5,000 and a Waterford Crystal trophy.

He will also now represent Ireland at the 22nd European Union Young Scientist Competition in Helsinki in September. His entry was in the Intermediate section of the Technology category.

The Best Group award was won by Fourth Year students Thomas Cronin, Dylan Cross and Jeremy Barisch-Rooney from Coláiste Muire, Crosshaven, Co Cork, for their project on portable community wind-powered generators for developing countries. They received a cheque for €1,200 and a BT trophy.

The individual runner-up was Fifth Year student James Doyle (17) from Presentation De La Salle College, Carlow, for his project entitled "The potential of waste materials from hedgerow cuttings as a feasible biomass fuel." He received a BT trophy and a cheque for €1,200.

Ciara Judge, Royanne McGregor and Sophie Healy-Thow, who are all 13-years-old and first year students at Kinsale Community School, Co Cork got the runner-up group award, which came with a BT trophy and a cheque for €1,200. They did a statistical analysis of public attitudes to cholesterol and its control.

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