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Local students display talents at Young Scientist Exhibition 

Monday, 15th January, 2018 1:00pm
Local students display talents at Young Scientist Exhibition 

Pobalscoil Neasáin, Baldoyle, students Amy Molloy and Róisín Finnegan outline the findings of their study on the prevalence of Lyme Disease to Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell (SF) and Cllr Edel Moran at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at the RDS. See more photos from the exhibitio

Local students display talents at Young Scientist Exhibition 

Pobalscoil Neasáin, Baldoyle, students Amy Molloy and Róisín Finnegan outline the findings of their study on the prevalence of Lyme Disease to Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell (SF) and Cllr Edel Moran at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at the RDS. See more photos from the exhibitio

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THE RDS was awash with some of the brightest young minds in the country last week for the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

More than 2,000 projects were submitted for this year’s competition with 550 making it to the RDS showcase.

The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins officially opened the exhibition at a special ceremony last Wednesday, January 10, attended by students, teachers, exhibition partners and stakeholders.

President Higgins visited a number of projects being presented, with ideas and innovations designed to tackle the issues facing Irish and global society. 

President Higgins also gave an address to the young scientists, paying tribute to the exhibition initiative, and highlighting the importance of science and of technology transfer in response to current global challenges such as pollution, poverty and climate change. 

Shay Walsh, managing director of BT Ireland, said they were proud to have organised the event once again.  

“As a technology company we feel that it is vital to foster an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) right across the country to ensure our cities and towns have the talent required to move forward as a society,” said Mr Walsh.

“The 2018 project themes highlight just how important outlets such as the BTYSTE are for students to investigate matters of interest or concern to them in their everyday life. 

“It is fascinating to see such an in-depth knowledge of the prevalent issues facing Ireland, like homelessness. Addressing topical issues is something we really encourage.” 

In addition to the student projects, over 22 shows took place daily, from such acts as the Ministry of Science to this year’s two main events – Girl in the Galaxy, Dr Norah Patten’s inspiring personal story on her experience as Ireland’s first astronaut candidate and Mindshare, a the real-life demonstration from world-famous hacker Kevin Mitnick.  

Politicians of all stripes joined the students, including Minister for Education Richard Bruton, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Minister Katherine Zappone and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, visiting projects to encourage Exhibition participants on their journeys of innovation. 

There was great excitement in the hall with the arrival of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who did an extensive tour of the Exhibition, his first as Taoiseach.

 Past winners of the competition have gone on to become some of Time Magazine’s most influential teens, establish billion dollar software companies and achieve international success at the EU Young Scientist competition.

Members of the public viewed the impressive array of projects over three days.

St Joseph of Cluny second year students Amy Kelly, Ella Jones and Daisy Gavigan (back row) and Jennifer Kestell, Cara McCrystal and Susie Holahan (front) at the exhibition in the RDS with their projects. Aine Measey from Pobailscoil Isolde, Palmerstown whose project for this year’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition was ‘Use of Nanoparticles to Increase the Heat Tranfer of a Domestic Radiator’. PHOTOS: DARREN KINSELLA

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