From solar-powered water-replenishing backpacks to tools that can prevent child and animal fatalities in hot cars, ,’s editor John Kennedy checks out some of the amazing innovations by Irish schoolchildren at the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. editor John Kennedy got to meet some of the amazing minds behind some really cool projects at this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

These include a solar-powered water-replenishing backpack created by Craig McAuliffe and Darragh Quinn from De La Salle College in Waterford that produces water from air using a thermo-electric Peltier powered by solar panels installed on the backpack.

Ellie Bowen and Roisin Plamer from St Mary’s Secondary School in Mallow, Co Cork created a zero-energy car climate regulatory system designed to prevent heatstroke and suffocation in children and animals if they are left in parked cars.

‘Can’t Touch This’ is a really cool system created by Eva Ryan, Ella Morrison and Maeve Rooney from Ursaline College in Sligo that uses a Theremin as a burglar alarm rather than a musical instrument.

And Aisling Daniels from Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ in Limerick has created her own first-responder app called iResponder, which can increase the speed that emergency services can respond to emergencies in by a factor of 10 by helping them more accurately find patients.

Words by John Kennedy