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Tech keeps students' science show running

Young Scientists


Joseph and Alessandro from Coláiste Cholmcille

Joseph and Alessandro from Coláiste Cholmcille

Joseph and Alessandro from Coláiste Cholmcille

The annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has been a very different experience for students this year.

The trip to the RDS, often involving long bus journeys from all over the country, could not go ahead as planned.

However, the show must go on despite the Covid-19 restrictions, and what better event to make use of technology to showcase the work of young people from all over the country?

In the first ever virtual exhibition, 550 projects from 213 schools have been shortlisted.


The opening ceremony was streamed from the Mansion House in Dublin and President Michael D Higgins launched the event.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the critical importance of science as a vital tool for humanity, both to combat the transmission of coronavirus and to reduce the suffering and tragedy to which it gives rise," he said.

This year's winner will be announced online tomorrow and will be presented with a cheque for €7,500 along with the newly-designed BTYSTE perpetual trophy. In all, there are more than 200 prizes for individuals, groups, and teachers.

In Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, students from Coláiste Cholmcille examined the project "Is Covid-19 a catalyst for sustainability".

Joseph Harrison said he and Alessandro Cian decided to look at the subject because "Covid has made us do things differently with travel, work and education".

Also among those showcasing their projects online yesterday were students from St Kieran's College in Kilkenny.

The pupils conducted a project titled "An investigation into the effects of eating before sleep".