The landmark 50th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition got under way at Dublin’s RDS yesterday

A record entry of up to 2,000 projects from almost 4,500 students across the 32 counties were entered for this year’s competition.

Half the post primary schools countrywide have entered, with a sizeable local representation. John the Baptist Community School, Hospital, has seven entries and there are also entries from Coláiste Iósaef, Kilmallock, Hazelwood College Dromcollogher, Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom and Davis College, Mallow, in contention to be named Young Scientist of the Year 2014.

Adjudication is on Wed-nesday, Thursday and Friday when the winners and the overall winner will be announced.

It is estimated that over the past 50 years, almost 70,000 students have submitted more than 33,000 projects to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. In recent years BT has noted an increase in the number of students creating commercially-viable projects and demonstrating entrepreneurial flair.