BT Young Scientist
Geology Matters No. 14
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BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
Mary Carter, Senior Geologist - Head of IT Section

In January 2013 the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSE) was held yet again in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), in Ballsbridge in Dublin. The GSI organised and coordinated a stand at the Exhibition in association with partners from across the island of Ireland, as we had done in previous years. This Exhibition is the final stage of a competition which is open to all second level students from Ireland, both North and South. 550 of the best projects were chosen to compete for the prizes. Students came from 224 secondary schools. Although not part of the competition 121 primary schools also were given an opportunity to exhibit a class project at the RDS Primary Science Fair. The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) sponsored a Special Award to the project that best demonstrated the use of new geological data. The award was won by Tom McDonald and his project title was: “Predicting changing sands on Skerries South Strand”. The GSI will sponsor another prize in 2014.

 GSI award Tom McDonald being presented with the Special Award for his project, “Predicting changing sands on Skerries South Strand” by Koen Verbruggen, Director of The Geological Survey of Ireland.

Forty people helped on the stand and made sure there was always someone there to answer queries. Joining many staff from GSI on the stand were the Exploration Mining Division also part of DCENR and staff from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, the Natural History Museum and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland. Also on the stand were representatives of the Irish Geological Association, Institute of Geologists of Ireland, and Earth Science Ireland with a variety of exhibits. These organisations, staff and members, combined to showcase topics including earthquakes, water, and minerals in particular as well as Ireland’s rocks. Geoscience projects highlights included Tellus Border, who allowed children and adults to pan for “gold”. Newly made for this year’s stand was a model which demonstrated how data on the seabed is collected by staff in boats. It was designed and constructed by Marine Geologist, Eoin McCraith, who is working on the INFOMAR project. Staff and members of all organisations involved promoted the fact that geoscience makes a big contribution to our lives. Those on the stand also helped to explain to students, teachers and visitors to the exhibition that Geological Science is the science of the earth and geologists are those scientists who study the earth.

 Eoin MacCraith, member of the Infomar Project
Eoin McGrath, member of the INFOMAR Project with his model demonstating how data is collected by a survey vessel at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS, Dublin in January.