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Bright sparks gather for 50th BT young scientist exhibition

THE sharpest young minds in Ireland are gearing up for a showdown at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition this week in Dublin.

Over 45,000 people are expected to attend the RDS for the 50th year of the event. And competition is fierce – over 2,000 applications were received, 550 projects were chosen but there'll be only one winner.

The topics picked by the secondary school students ranged from physics experiments to social analysis to how grass grows.

And astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield who tweeted from the International Space station is set to make an appearance.

Each exhibit is assessed three times by the judging panel of 82 experts.


According to Fiona Lawless (15), Sadie McGrath (15) and Amy Tynan (16) from Scoil Ruain in Tipperary, who submitted 'Bees – A Dying Race,' these judges "know their stuff!"

Orlaith Carroll from Castletownbere, Co Cork focused on teenagers' attitudes towards homophobia and her project interested many parties, including President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.

Orlaith's teammates, Jayden Murphy (15) and Sadhbh Sullivan (15), explained that their project emerged out of curiosity.

"We started this project because we found that in the classroom, we see homophobic attitudes a lot and, as teenagers, identity is obviously a very big part of growing up," said Sadhbh.

President Higgins praised students at the opening ceremony for the BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition, reminding them of 'the limitless possibilities' of human curiosity when it is applied.