The variety and range of projects at BTYSTE 2018 made for a spectacular and memorable event.

On day one of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2018, we spoke to just a handful of the hopeful entrants.

One of those was Jack Kennedy of Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Co Tipperary, whose entry in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category was: ‘Analysing the effect on first-year students’ positivity using a programme called Three Good Things’.

Meanwhile, Megan Freeney, Sarah Hennessy and Eah O’Gorman from St Mary’s Secondary School in Newport, Co Tipperary, conducted some vital research into a matter that impacts the whole planet: the survival of bees.

We also spoke Amy Keenan and Rosaleen Keehan from Mercy College, Co Sligo, who, along with Molly Budd, asked the question: ‘Can birds predict the weather?’ They were able to prove that yes, indeed, birds can detect weather changes, by studying their eating habits.

Check out the video above for more projects that included Lego, Raspberry Pi and lawnmowers.

Words by John Kennedy