Take your imagination into outer space this new year and plan a visit to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017, Ireland’s most spectacular science and technology showcase.
In addition to the 550 inspiring student projects on show - including eight from Mayo schools - there is also a fantastic line-up of entertainment and performances, including a special act that will transport visitors to a galaxy far far away. The exhibition is open to the public in the RDS, Dublin from to January 12-14, 2017.
The eight Mayo entries that were accepted include three each from St Muredach's College in Ballina and Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey in Crossmolina, along with one each from St Joseph's Secondary School, Castlebar, and Our Lady's Secondary School in Belmullet. Of the projects accepted from Mayo one of the Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey, entries in the technology section in the intermediate age grade is looking at a road sign that changes speed according to the temperature of the given time, which the students aim to use to reduce casualties on Irish roads. One of the St Muredach's entries looks at investigating the relations between concussion in young life and Parkinson's disease in later life.
Space fanatics won’t want to miss Discover the Cosmos 3D, a journey through space and time from the edge of the solar system, exploring the regions of space at the limits of the sun’s influence. Audiences will chase a comet as it tumbles towards the sun and explore the surface of the red planet, Mars. The audience will be wowed and inspired as they observe the majestic Milky Way and learn more about the structure of the universe.
Also taking to the stage and joining the line-up for the first time is The Ultimate Science Show, with the longest sparks, the loudest explosions, and the biggest and best science demonstrations on the planet. This is a fast-paced interactive show that will explore what the future could look like in the world of STEM.
Mentalist David Meade will once again take to the main stage to test the minds of the nation as they try to crack the secret behind his tricks.
The ever-popular World of Robots and TITAN the Robot will also return for the 2017 exhibition. Titan, who has now appeared in more than 30 countries across the globe, is sure to entertain both young and old alike as he comes to life for the audience. World of Robots is the biggest open robotics contest in Ireland and is presented by Irish robotics company Mechatrons. It’s not to be missed!
Tickets to the exhibition are available at the door costing €6 for students, €12 for adults, and €25 for a family pass which covers two adults and two children.
Visitors can plan their visit to the RDS in advance by downloading the free BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition app, available on Android and Apple devices. The app includes an exhibition map, a search tool for student projects and exhibitors, a schedule of events, as well as links to the social networks for live updates throughout the event.
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a must for anyone with a passion for science and technology. For more information visit www.btyoungscientist.com or follow the exhibition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @BTYSTE.