THIS week some of Kerry's best and brightest young people will swap their classrooms for the packed halls of the RDS as they represent their schools and the Kingdom at the prestigious BT Young Scientist competition.
This year Kerry will be represented by nine student teams from eight schools who will join finalists from 541 other schools as they vie for the title over four days of intense competition before the winners are finally announced on Saturday night.
As ever, the topics explored by the Kerry students are diverse and unusual. They ranging from a study of the effects of bullying on students and an examination of the potential use of carbon fibre to replace steel in workboot toecaps to a study aimed at working out whether right handed people have an advantage when it comes to playing an Xbox.
Among the eight Kerry schools there are two Irish language entries. These are from Dingle's Colaiste Ide and Gaelcholaiste ChiarraI in Tralee, who are carried out the study on workboots.
Other schools taking part are Colaiste na Sceilige in Cahersiveen, Killorglin Community College, Presentation Secondary in Milltown, St Josephs in Ballybunion, Causeway Comprehensive and St Brigids in Killarney.
The Kerry students were due to travel to Dublin to take part in the competition's opening ceremony on Wednesday evening and they will find out if they have been successful in the competition's many categories on Saturday. Doubtless they'll all be hoping they can follow in the footsteps of Tralee's Emer Jones who won top prize in the competition while a students at Presentation Secondary School in 2008.