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Saturday 16 February 2019

Science buzz at exhibition

Sarah Morgan and Ellen Rooney work on their project
Sarah Morgan and Ellen Rooney work on their project
Ciara Reilly and Cara Prestonwork on their project
Solomon Doyle, pictured with his Science teacher, Shane Lynch at Dundalk Grammar School
Darren Connor, Daniel Tumilty and Luke O’Hanlon work on their Young Scientists Project entry

Olivia Ryan

With students from five Louth schools taking part, organisers of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition are gearing up for the 55th anniversary of the national competition.

Louth students will be among thousands exhibiting at the event which kicks off in the RDS Arena, Dublin tomorrow (Wednesday) January 9th and will run until Saturday 12th January.

The exhibition brings together some of the country's brightest young minds as they compete to take home the title of the BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year 2019.

Students from three schools in the Dundalk area are among the finalists: St. Vincent's Secondary School, Dundalk Grammar and Bush Post Primary.

St. Vincent's have three projects entered including: 'A Fourier Analysis of Mathematical Wave Patterns in Irish dancing' and 'The Marshmallow Challenge' focused on business and sporting groups team building.

Students are also examining a modern phenomenon with a look at 'Female Centric Bullying Terminology.'

Bush Post Primary have four projects in the final including: 'Are we witnessing the downfall of the Catholic Church?'

With Britain's exit from the European Union set to dominate the headlines over the coming weeks and months, students examined 'How Brexit will affect businesses on both sides of the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.'

Other projects feature an analysis of caffeine affects performance, and the impact of global warming on crops.

Dundalk Grammar have one project entered in the competition, using ultrasound to help the visually impaired navigate.'

With four packed exhibition halls full of exciting things to see and do, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has something to stimulate the minds of every generation.

Tickets are available online now costing €8 for students, €12 adults and €25 for a family pass which includes two adults and two children. Tickets guarantee entry to all of the Exhibition and to all special shows. https://btyoungscientist.com/ticketing/

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