BT Young Scientist: Limerick’s bright young minds set to take pioneering projects to RDS

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Twelve schools to represent Limerick in the ultimate science and tech showcase

Twelve schools to represent Limerick in the ultimate science and tech showcase

NEXT week the brightest young minds from across the county will take to the RDS Arena for the ultimate showcase of second level science and technology.

This year, 12 schools will represent Limerick in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, with a panel of judges set to examine 42 innovative projects, covering a wide range of topics important to students. 

From sustainable plant growth on the moon to the declining bee population back here on earth, many of the Limerick projects for the 55th annual BT Young Scientist Exhibition reflect environmental issues of ongoing global concern, like climate change. 

Almost one fifth of all projects at this year’s showcase will tackle environmental issues, according to Minister for Education Joe McHugh, who said he was “heartened” to see the number of “pioneering projects” put forward by students taking part in this year’s exhibition.  

“The project title trends always show you what is important to young people in Ireland and this year it is no different with extremely topical themes such as climate change and the environment to the fore,” Minister McHugh said. 

“That is why events such as this are so important as they allow students across Ireland to channel their talents and interests into projects and subjects which hold significant importance to them.” 

This year, 1,137 Irish students submitted projects across four categories: Biological and Ecological Sciences; Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Social and Behavioural Sciences; and Technology. 

Girls make up 56% of qualified entrants at this year’s Young Scientist Exhibition, with a 62% increase in the number of young women qualifying in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical category. 

Among the Limerick projects will be an investigation of the effects of the cervical cancer screening scandal on Irish women, carried out by students in Salesian Secondary College in Pallaskenry, and the development of a safety device that monitors conditions in a tractor, carried out by students in Desmond College in Newcastle West. 

At Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ on South Circular Road, students have studied the effects the popular ‘deck’ shoes can have on their wearers. 

At Castletroy College, the alma mater of former BT winner and co-founder of Stripe, Patrick Collison, students have used the Collatz Conjecture to find patterns in prime numbers. 

The exhibition takes place at the RDS Arena from January 9 to January 12, with final judging and the awards ceremony set to take place on Friday, January 11, in the BT Arena.

Tickets are available from btyoungscientist.com.