This year, a record 1,616 projects were entered from pupils in all 32 counties. Of those, 500 have qualified to compete at the RDS.
The overall BT Young Scientist of the Year will take home a cheque for €5,000 and a trophy, and will go on to represent Ireland at the EU Contest for Young Scientists later next year.
As well as the projects by the young scientists, this year’s event will also feature a number of exhibitions.
Among those will be a Go Play — Teen Zone which combines electronic gaming and physical activities which, the organisers say, will help ~to help generate a healthy body and a healthy mind. “Another attraction is The Globe of Death — a study of centrifugal forces,” a spokesman said.
“Skilled performers on motorbikes will ‘loop the loop’ around the inside of a massive, steel sphere, that is nearly five metres high, at break neck speed to demonstrate centrifugal forces in action,
“The demonstrations show how an object travelling in a circular cylinder behaves as if it is experiencing an outward force, the greater the speed and mass of the object the greater thecentrifugal force.”
The will run until January 10 with access for the public on January 8, 9 and 10. For more information on the exhibition, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com or call 1800 924 362.