A visit by astronaut Chris Hadfield, CoderDojo coding workshops, 550 student projects and more comprise the 50th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition that kicks off at the Main Hall in Dublin’s RDS today.
The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition's official opening ceremony happens today, when official judging also gets under way.
The public may visit the exhibition beginning tomorrow through to Saturday, when Hadfield is expected to drop in and sign copies of his new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.
BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition visitor information
Open to the public:
9-11 January. Visit the website for daily opening hours.
RDS, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Available at the door. Student €6/adult €12/family pass €25
For more information:
Go to the website or call 1800 924 362 from the Republic of Ireland, or 048 800 917 1297 from Northern Ireland
Visitors to the exhibition can also take in inventions, interactive education and live shows, including World of Robots, The Science Museum 'SuperCool' Show, 3D Theatre – 50 years of space exploration and TITAN The Robot.
CoderDojo workshops at the event will teach students creative problem-solving skills and practical creative skills, and curious minds can also explore four more areas packed with science and technology exhibits.
This year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition also includes more than 120 awards that participating students can win. The top prize, the overall BT Young Scientist and Technologist of the Year award, will be given out on Friday evening.
The annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition attracts more than 40,000 people every year.