On the second day of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) 2016, our minds were blown listening to one student challenging the pentaquark theory, among other entries.

Each year the judging panel, students and public are wowed by some of the entries at BTYSTE, and 2016 is no different.

With more than 550 projects entered into this year’s exhibition, Siliconrepublic.com’s team on the ground managed to speak to some of some of the most exciting and visually interesting projects to make it to the RDS in Dublin.

One of the first we spoke to on day two was John Huggard from Blackrock College in Dublin who, despite being in the junior cycle category, is challenging the scientific basis of the pentaquark, a subatomic particle that has only been known about since July 2015.

Elsewhere, things got quite otherworldly with Colm Aiken and Matthew Petticrew from Ballymena Academy in Antrim, who detailed their plans for creating the technology that could allow us to expand as humans further into space than we’ve ever gone before.

And finally for part one of today’s round-up, we spoke to Dearbhla Duignan and Irene Shortall from Moate Community School in Westmeath, who revealed their plans to use common fungi to create biodegradable plastics to prevent the clogging up of our oceans.

Words by Colm Gorey