West Limerick’s young scientists  head for the capital

The 56th annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is being held this week at the RDS in Dublin, and several schools from the mid-west are among the exhibitors at the event. Desmond College has two stands at the exhibition, ‘Bernoulli’s Principle – from Whooh-Haah to Hurling’ and ‘Exercise is the KEY’, while Hazelwood College students have a project titled ‘Take Your Tent Home’. Salesian College in Pallaskenry has two stands, one of which investigates how dogs can sense if their owner has an illness, and another in which students investigate the development of an iris tracker to assist people unable to use their arms. Scoil Mhuire agus Ide students have a project which investigates water resistance on glasses and goggles, while the theme of the Mungret Community College entry is ‘Are You Cancer Aware?’ Coláiste Chiaráin in Croom has two entries, one titled ‘Comestibles’, and the other a mobile app for identifying poisonous plants and mushrooms.
The first and second rounds of judging will take place today and tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, with the final round of judging on Friday morning, after which the category winners and 2020 Young Scientist of the Year will be announced. We wish the best of luck to all the students and their schools.