Budding scientists from across the Banner County are showcasing months of hard work over the next few days.
President Michael D Higgins will officially open the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin’s RDS this afternoon.
More than 1,100 secondary school students presenting their work and there’s plenty of Banner interest.
Around 550 projects have been chosen out of over 2,000 applications to be presented at the RDS over the next few days.
While competition is stiff, there is plenty of Clare interest in this year’s exhibition.
At St Joseph’s Secondary School in Spanish Point, one project is examining the effects of eating seaweed on a person’s vocal performance.
Anthony Guilfoyle is a science teacher there – he says the BT Young Scientist competition is an excellent outlet for young people to express themselves in.
Just north of Spanish Point, pupils at Mary Immaculate in Lisdoonvarna have been developing a number of projects.
Some have been looking at boosting your chances of winning the Lotto, while others have examined the impact of Aldi on shopping habits in North Clare.
Cindy O’Leary’s project investigates the presence of plastic molecules in Irish mussels – she says her results have proven to be surprising.
The other local schools involved include St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla, Meánscoil na mBráithre, Ennistymon, as well as Seamount College, Kinvara.
The overall winner will walk away with the trophy, a cheque for €7,500 and a trip to Bletchley Park – and will go on to represent Ireland at the 30th EU Contest for Young Scientists.