Excitement grows in Limerick as BT Young Scientist exhibition draws closer

Erica Casey, Analog Devices pictured as Analog Devices, a gold sponsor of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition hosted a special preview of its interactive technology stand. Photo: Brian Arthur.

EXCITEMENT is building in schools across Limerick as the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition draws closer.

Taking place later this week (January 11 to 13) at the RDS Arena in Dublin, 14 Limerick schools will showcase projects they worked hard on across the three day exhibition.

The Limerick contingent at the annual expo includes students from Ardscoil Rís, Castletroy College, Coláiste Chiaráin, Coláiste Ída agus Iosaef, Coláiste Iósaef, Coláiste Nano Nagle, Desmond College, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, John the Baptist Community School, Laurel Hill Secondary School, Salesian Secondary College, Scoil Pól, and Villiers Secondary School, who will all have projects on display at the event.

The 33 Limerick projects will be among over 550 projects on display from schools up and down the country.

Projects to be exhibited include Ardscoil Rís’ project on whether coffee grounds could be an alternative to traditional fire lighters and peat, Coláiste Chiaráin’s project entitled ‘VerifyMe: A new approach to authorship attribution in the post-ChatGPT era’,  Desmond College’s ‘Life in plastic, it’s NOT fantastic’, and Laurel Hill FCJ’s ‘Effects of the Time of Day and Chronotype on Cognitive Performance’.

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2024 marks the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition’s 60th anniversary. The annual event is thought to be the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Limerick-based Analog Devices are one of the main sponsors of the expo, the company hosted a special preview of its interactive technology stand for students and their families locally before it was shipped to the RDS to be part of the exhibition.

Visitors to the RDS will be able to experience how Analog’s technology is enabling sustainability and improving people’s lives and the planet through interactive stations and games. Students can also step into the world of semiconductor manufacturing, learning about the science behind crafting the devices that are manufactured at their fabrication factory in Limerick.