A closer look at science and the Young Scientists Exhibition – The Irish Times – Wed, Jan 20, 2010
DOES FEAR have a smell? How has the Irish language influenced the English we speak today? Can your home address affect your exam performance? These questions and more were posed by secondary students all across Ireland at last week’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS in Dublin.
The exhibition began in 1965 and, alongside the Young Social Innovators competition, has become one of the major highlights of the transition year calendar. The competition has led to many useful inventions and scientific insights, including the research and development of emergency shelter sandbags and the creation of a simple apparatus to help farmers test their milk.
This year, 1,588 entries were received from 329 schools, with 520 of these chosen for the final exhibition. Richard O’Shea, a student at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, took top honours for developing a biomass-fired cooking stove which can be used in developing countries. Like many previous winners, Richard may now find new opportunities opening for him.