From devices that can help blind children learn how to read to a home automation system controlled by Raspberry Pi,’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 really cool projects at this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

These included Braille Pad, a device created by Jemin Joseph and Joel Anthony from Colaiste Phadraig in Lucan that uses solenoids to create a device that can help parents teach blind children how to read at a fraction of the €7,000 a year it currently costs in Ireland.

Florrie McCarthy and Ernie McCarthy from Clonakilty Community College demonstrated how they created a genius HTML Raw Code Generator that can make HTML code for designing websites easier and less time consuming.

Sophie Bridgeman and Caoimhe Danaher from Desmond College in Limerick designed a glove that can help people with Parkinson’s disease perform everyday tasks without difficulty.

And Eve McGlinchey from St Leo’s College in Carlow created an amazing voice-controlled home automation system using Raspberry Pi technology.

Words by John Kennedy