At the 2020 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS, we spoke to students from all over the island of Ireland about their projects.

At BTYSTE 2020, we spoke to Leah Shaw from Our Lady’s Bower, Co Westmeath, about her project promoting citrus peels as a solution to global drought. Shaw took home a tally of three prizes from the competition. She received the Trinity College Dublin Global Challenges Award, and the judges also awarded her for her impressive display as well as placing her second for a senior individual in the Biological and Ecological category.

Another prize-winner we spoke to was Shannon McClenaghan from Lumen Christi College in Derry. Her Social and Behavioural science project looking at the effect of music on focused attention placed third for a senior individual in this category.

We also spoke to Dunshaughlin Community College students Seán O’Hara, Kaja Zielinska and Emma Deegan about how eating bugs could save the world, and junior cycle students Cara Ní Mhóraigh, Isabella Nic Ambróis and Rósanna Ní Artagáin from Coláiste Iosagáin in Dublin told us how the weight of schoolbags impacts the body.


Words by Elaine Burke