A TRIO of young scientists from Co Cork have landed this year's Young Scientist award.
Judges ruled in favour of the project from - 15-year-old third year students Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow from Kinsale Community School in Cork - who investigated the effects of bacteria on plant germination.
The winners walk away with the 49th BT Young Scientist & Technology trophy, a cheque for €5,000 and the chance to represent Ireland at the EU-wide contest.
More than 45,000 people will have filed past the projects varying from an intricate calving alarm to an exploration of the monetary vagaries of the tooth fairy at the RDS by close of business tomorrow night.
Organisers revealed a record-breaking 4,189 students with 1,789 projects from 362 schools entered this year - with the technology sector experiencing a particular boom. In the end, 550 projects covering 31 counties enjoyed the kudos after their projects were chosen for the finals in the RDS.