30 budding science experts to take part in RDS showcase

Picture  Credit Brian Gavin Press 22
Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22

Thirty local students have been shortlisted as finalists and will take part in the world-renowned BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition from January 6 to January 9 in the RDS.

The science enthusiasts impressed a panel of judges with their projects, beating off stiff competition, and were chosen as finalists from over 2,000 entries which came in from across the island of Ireland.

The students’ entries focus on a range of topics from ‘an investigation into the advantages of manufacturing medical devices and prosthetics through the use of 3D printing’ to ‘a study into whether static stretches carried out before sport decrease or increase your overall sporting performance’.

All of the finalists’ projects will be displayed at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin - an event which will attract over 50,000 visitors over the course of the three days, making it the largest showcase of its kind in Europe, if not the world.

As well as the incentive of getting a project shortlisted and experiencing a week at the exhibition, there are over 140 teacher and pupil awards to be won, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist and Technologist(s) of the Year. To find out more about the Exhibition go to www.btyoungscientist.com.

The thirty students attend Loreto College Coleraine, St Mary’s College, Thornhill College, Sperrin Integrated College and St Patrick’s Co-Ed Comprehensive College.