Are we really top of the science class?

The Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is routinely held up as evidence of Ireland’s improving commitment to the sciences and their application in real life. But is this really the case?

10th January, 2015
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Last week, for the 51st year running, Ireland’s secondary school students put on a dazzling show. Some 550 science projects by 1,200 students lined the auditorium of Dublin’s RDS and 50,000 people came to see them.

Photographers ran around last Wednesday morning, seeking out the most inventive work and the most animated exhibitors. Some projects were complex in the extreme, others less challenging but novel, many simply quirky but presented with boundless enthusiasm.

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