Ireland’s young scientists make the impossible possible (video)

9 Jan 2014

Aisha Suleiman, Margaret Barrett and Ruth Kilgallon from Christ King Girls Secondary School in Cork with their project Solar Robot

We caught up with some of the amazing young scientists at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin, where they put their projects through its paces.

The annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition attracts more than 40,000 people every year, and this year there are 550 projects on display from students in schools across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

This year – the 50th anniversary of the event – also includes more than 120 awards that participating students can win.

The top prize, the overall BT Young Scientist and Technologist(s) of the Year award, will be given out tomorrow evening.

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2014 – interviews with exhibitors 


Among the projects we had the opportunity to catch were:

·      The Piezo electric charging case – a project by Oscar Kavanagh and Declan Purdy from Belvedere College in Dublin. In the project, electric crystals can be used to charge a phone by converting kinetic energy into electrical energy.

·      Farm Theft Control – an Android app created by Brian Thompson, Ian Dooley and Cathal Shanhan of John The Baptist Community School in Limerick. Farm Theft Control monitors farm assets to prevent theft by using GPS tracking.

·      Easy Freezy – a device devised by Eoin McGivern and Cormac Hardy from St Louis’ Grammar School in Co Down that prevents the water tank and pipes in your car from freezing during cold winter days.

·      Harp Mobile – a technology designed and manufactured by Laoise Bennis from Hazelwood College in Limerick that makes it possible to transport an Irish harp easily, safely and without it going out of tune.

·      Solar Robot – a tiny robot created by Aisha Suleiman, Margaret Barrett and Ruth Kilgallon from Christ King Girls Secondary School in Cork that detects moisture underground by using sensors that can be used in third-world countries to find water.

·      Bike radar – a sensor system for bikes that picks up the heat of the engine of an approaching car and warns the car through strobe lights if it is too close to the cyclist. The system has been developed by Ciara Donoghue, Abby Horgan and Ciara Murphy from Scoil Mhuire in Cork.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years