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Young Scientists full of ideas in the West!

January 12, 2022

Young Scientists full of ideas in the West!

Senator Aisling Dolan welcomed the start of the 2022 virtual Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition which runs from the 12th to the 14th January 2022

Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan stated

Our young people in schools in Roscommon and across the country are testing out new ideas and they have the evidence to prove them too.

There are over 550 scientific projects selected for review in 4 different categories in the Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. This covers Technology, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Biological & Ecological Sciences and Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences.

Now more than ever the importance of science and how it has saved lives in the past year through vaccines. Understanding how to conduct experiments, test and evaluate results, trial and error along the way.

Some of the silver lining over the pandemic is how we have accelerated innovation and digitalisation – we studied, worked, shopped online. Even our older loved ones learned how to do click & collect! Especially important in the world of science to tackle Covid-19.

Inspiring teachers, parents & guardians have helped secondary school students show their potential through the Young Scientist & Technology competition. Also the Primary Science Fair will take place in March and is still open for applications until February.”

The line-up includes speakers on the physics of rollercoasters and football, to how space exploration can support our sustainability agenda. Do have a peek online at the projects on and find out what’s on the mind of our teenagers as they look at the world today and the challenges from pandemic, climate change.

Students from the CBS in Roscommon are investigating the student experience of learning during a pandemic. From Roscommon Community College, we have student projects examining whether masks have made yawning less contagious! Also how to shatter the glass ceiling in local elections if we had a gender quotas. Students from Garbally College in Ballinasloe are looking at renewable energy and tested the potential of a solar powered gutter cleaner.”

This Exhibition drives imagination, curiosity and we need that more than ever to help us find innovative solutions to global challenges today. Well done to students, teachers and their spirit of discovery.