BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2023-Links to GCC entries

Last  month two Transition Year Glanmire Community College students Robert O’Halloran and Toby Tangney took part in the Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin, accompanied by their teachers Noreen Emerson and William Horgan.  Robert’s project is titled “An investigation into attitudes and awareness towards pain-medication in 15-19 year olds” and in this Robert undertook a detailed statistical analysis into prevailing attitudes amongst 15 to 19 year olds towards pain medication as future consumers, in light of the depth of the American opioid crisis.  Toby’s project is titled “Sustainable Calculator” and in this Toby designed and programmed a working barcode scanning app that scores products on their “sustainable impacts” to help consumers make better informed choices when buying products. Both students received three visits from the judges and on Friday evening Robert received a highly commended result for his project which is a great result as there was an extremely high standard of project on display.

The exhibition began with an opening ceremony on Wednesday 11th January in which the students were addressed by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins.  Throughout the week there was a large presence of National Media and a constant footfall of invited guests including many TD’s including the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Micheál Martin who visited the stands of both GCC students.  This highlights the high profile of this exhibition.  Approximately 40,000 people were expected to visit the RDS over the three days the exhibition is open to the public.

Both students found the Young Scientist a great experience in which they have learned life long skills both in undertaking their project, preparing for the exhibition and in communicating their results to the judges and the general public.  The exhibition has been a thoroughly enjoying experience including the evening entertainment which takes place in the RDS for students.

We at Glanmire Community College are extremely proud of the high calibre projects entered by both Robert and Toby in this highly prominent national competition.

Further Information on Projects including a 3 minute video submitted by the students as part of the project can be found at the following link:

Robert O’Halloran:

Toby Tangney:

For any students considering entering a project for the 2024 exhibition please see the BT Young Scientist website: