The heat is on as thousands of students from across Ireland are showcasing their projects for the judges at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin.
While participants have spent weeks getting their projects prepared and ready to go, it is now make-or-break time as judges have been reviewing the students’ projects and what they’re all about since yesterday.
Also kicking off today were a number of special events including the World of Robots which gave attendees the chance to glimpse some of the fiercest and friendliest robots from science fiction and the modern day, most notably R2D2 from the Star Wars series and the fearsome Daleks from Doctor Who.
On the day, Pete Redmond, founder of the robotics company Mechatrons, was on hand to coordinate dozens of robots to entertain and educate kids on the wonders of mechanical engineering.
Elsewhere, space enthusiasts got as close a chance as they’re ever likely to experience of the International Space Station (ISS) and other celestial objects with the help of the Stellar Adventures 3D experience.
Today we spoke to: Isabel Coleman, Suzanne Conneely, Scoil Mhuire, Clare; Johnny White, Patrician High School, Carrickmacross, Monaghan; Aobh Nic Ghiolla Phadraig, Isebeal O’Brien and Aisling Nic Giolla Dé, Our Lady’s Bower, Westmeath; Conor Duignan, Eoghan O’Neill and Conor Malone, Ardscoil Ris, Limerick; Claire Nichols, Sutton Park School, Dublin; Darragh Todd and Oisín Lavelle, St Macartan’s College, Monaghan and Susan Timmons, Ayesha Healy-Thow (sister of one of the 2013 BT Young Scientist winners, Sophie Healy-Thow) from Kinsale Community School, Cork.