Arup sponsored the University College Cork – George Boole Prize at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, 2017.
Fergus Monaghan, Director at Arup, was delighted to present the prize to Benedek Goz and Gleb Kurilenko from Synge Street CBS, Dublin at the awards ceremony on 13 January 2017. The prize was awarded to the group that demonstrated the best use of mathematics in their project.
The winning project, titled ‘Proving New Theorems Using Barycentric Coordinates’ involved the students inputting barycentric coordinates into the dynamic geometry software program, Geogebra, to produce uncluttered diagrams and identify significant geometrical relationships. The prize was awarded in recognition of the project’s creativity and innovation, while making mathematics accessible and understandable to all.
Long celebrated for his contribution to mathematics, George Boole is now regarded as a pioneer and founding father of computer science. The full potential of his innovative discoveries were only applied in the 20th century and Boolean algebra has paved the way for digital technology in the modern world.
The George Boole Prize is one of numerous special awards presented at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The exhibition is now in its 53rd year, making it one of the world’s longest standing events exhibiting secondary school students’ abilities in the areas of science and technology.
Arup is dedicated to increasing the engagement of young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Other initiatives supported by Arup include I Wish, UrbanPlan, Hamilton Day and the STEPS to Engineering Programme. Arup is delighted to continue our sponsorship of this prize in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, as it is vital to encourage young people to use mathematics to create solutions to the problems of tomorrow.