Saturday 23 November 2019

1,200 pupils gear up for technology exhibition

Mark O'Regan

The main hall in Dublin's RDS was a hive of feverish activity throughout yesterday as students from all around the country got ready for this year's Young Scientist competition.

And An Post has issued two new stamps to mark the enduring success of one of the most popular events in the Irish school calendar.

This year's exhibition will attract almost 50,000 visitors, and an estimated 1,200 student exhibitors, over the next few days.

As well as the usual wide range of high level exhibits, a number of live shows will also be on view.

These include the Roney & Joe Science Show, Stellar Adventures, and the Belfast-based W5's Light Fantastic Show.

The event opens to the public this afternoon, while the winner of the 2015 Young Scientist of the Year will be announced on Friday.

A free Apple and Android app will help visitors find their way around the exhibition.

Tickets are available at the door, costing €6 for students, €12 for adults and €25 for a family pass.

"This year we've aimed to raise the bar again, by adding new technologies such as our smartphone app, and expanding our line-up of acts and entertainment," said Colm O'Neill, CEO, BT Ireland.

"This stamp is testament to the strides Ireland is making in the international science sphere, and a mark of respect to Fr Tom Burke, and Dr Tony Scott, founders of this exhibition, whose contribution to Irish science has been so significant," said Donal Connell of An Post.

Irish Independent

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