For the past ten years Scientists from Schull Community College have been entering the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, with many successes along the way. An entry to the competition involves submitting a proposal that is assessed by a panel of judges and, if approved, the project qualifies for the final exhibition in the RDS.

Just 1 in 4 projects submitted qualify for the finals, so to get to present in Dublin is an achievement in itself. The majority of the work for these projects takes place at lunchtimes, after school and in the students’ own time at home. It therefore involves a lot of independent work, allowing students to develop key life skills; including practical work, research skills, report writing and project planning.

The exhibition has also provided a platform for further successes in other science competitions, such as the Intel International Science Fair and the International Google Science Fair.