Celebrating curious and innovative minds
It is time for the annual celebration of the curiosity and innovation of Irish teenagers that is the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).
The 1,100 second-level pupils filling the halls of the RDS over the next three days are shining examples of what is best about Irish education: encouraging and supporting young minds to ask questions, pursue the answers and, as this exhibition has shown on many occasions over its 53-year history, produce ground-breaking research. A newer kid on the block, the RDS Primary Science Fair, is also running this week.
Pupils and their teachers deserve the highest credit for pushing out the boundaries to embrace a greater focus on student inquiry, rather than a rote approach to learning, as do all others who entered but didn't make it through.