St. Kilian’s is immensely proud of our 8th class student Piotr Stelmaszek who won 3rd individual prize in the Junior Technology category at the recent BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition – a fantastic achievement.
Piotr designed a new computer operating system because he was dissatisfied with the current options on the market. Below is a summary of his experience:
I came across the idea of making a BT Young Scientist project when I needed an excuse to spend days in front of a computer when my mum wanted me to go outside for a walk or something (it worked). So I decided to make an Operating System.
My project is about making an operating system like Linux, Mac OS, or MS Windows, but better (if your definition of “better” is that it starts a few tenths of a second faster). My operating system can print a bunch of stuff onto the bleeding-edge 1960 RS232 port on the back of your IBM PC… That is also 64-bit. Very realistic, I know. And then shut down using a CPU emulator-only method. The whole thing is open-source on github but I haven’t decided on the license just yet.
As you can see, I am truly passionate about that. Many times I wanted to give up. The hardest part was writing the project book (and now this article 😉 )! I am glad I brought it to an end though.
I really recommend pursuing your interests and participating in BT Young Scientist, as well as the programming (AIPO), linguistic (AILO), or mathematics olympiad. STEM is about so much fun (plus, remember, an excuse for stretching your screen-time allowance).
Last but not least – I would like to express my gratitude to Frau Bosse for her ongoing support and help. Thank you very much.
You can watch Piotr’s BTYS project video here.
His project was also mentioned in the media