Entries rocket for Young Scientist Exhibition
A record number of students have entered the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
Some 4,591 teenagers entered, either as individuals or as part of a group - and girls out-numbered boys, with a gender spit of 61pc female to 39pc male.
Students submitted ideas on subjects ranging from migration to climate change to concussion injuries.
A total of 2,091 project ideas were submitted by secondary students from 375 schools across the island, an increase of 2pc from last year. Some 550 projects have been shortlisted.
Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said the exhibition, which is in its 53rd year, continued to go from strength to strength.
"It is extremely inspiring to see the talent that is being nurtured as students develop their ideas and bring them to life on a national stage," he said.