More than 40 post-primary school students from across Donegal had an early start to their day as they checked into the 55th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin’s RDS.
Nine local schools will be represented at the event, which brings together some of the country’s brightest young minds, from diverse backgrounds, as they compete to take home the coveted title of the BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year 2019.
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will officially open the Exhibition at a special ceremony today, Wednesday 9th January.
Among the 21 innovative projects which qualified from Donegal this year are investigations into the impact of plastics on earthworms, the effects of turmeric during the cold season, and an analysis of high frequency EM interference between Microwave Ovens and Wi-Fi.
Loreto Milford teacher Róisín Coyle is accompanying two groups on their journey to the exhibition today.
Ms Coyle said: “Myself and the school are incredibly proud of the teams and the work they have put in to their projects. It is an amazing achievement to get to this stage and we wish both groups the very best of luck in the competition.”
There are 550 projects on show at this year’s Exhibition across four categories: Technology; Biological and Ecological; Social and Behavioural Sciences; and Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The Exhibition opens to the public from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th January, with over 50,000 visitors, young and old, expected to visit the event over the course of the three days.
The winner(s) of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019 will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Friday 11thJanuary.
The overall prize winner(s) will be presented with a cheque for €7,500, the BTYSTE perpetual trophy and will go forward to represent Ireland at the 31st EU Contest for Young Scientists in Bulgaria this September.