Seven Kerry projects are competing in this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which has gotten underway in the RDS in Dublin today.
They’ve made it from over 2,000 entries from secondary school students across the country, into the event which runs until Saturday, and is designed to raise schools’ engagement in science, technology, engineering, and maths.
In the last five years, Kerry students have received 30 awards at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
There are seven Kerry projects competing in this year’s event.
There are three projects from Killorglin Community College, two from Tarbert Comprehensive School, and one each from Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí Tralee and the Intermediate School Killorglin.
One of the projects helps blind people to avoid obstacles by wearing sensor glasses, while another has developed two board games for people with dyslexia.
There’s an investigation into whether or not the full moon affects the behaviour of students, while there’s also a project looking into the impact of mindfulness as part of a school curriculum.
There are three farm related ventures – one is a device that automatically engages the handbrake of a tractor when the operator exits, another examines equestrian safety on the roads, while the third looks at reducing the current loss in fence on a farm by bushes, trees and other conductors.