At BT Young Scientist 2019, kids from across the country showcased their projects that could one day make a difference in the world.

The first team we spoke to at the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019 comprised Kate Owens, Aoibhe Briscoe and Ellie Concannon from Coláiste Iognáid SJ in Galway. In their efforts to find out more about antibiotic resistance, they recruited some common household pets.

Next up in the very different field of quantum computing was Adam Kelly of Skerries Community College in Dublin who is trying to find the most efficient way possible to simulate quantum computing. For his efforts, he went on to win the overall competition on Friday night (11 January).

We also heard from Aoife Waldron and Ailbe Dooley from Coláiste Iognáid who are hoping to solve the mystery as to why the west coast of Ireland was ‘invaded’ by the largest known species of jellyfish, known as the lion’s mane, in 2018.


Words by Colm Gorey