Trinity Brings Science to Life at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Posted on: 23 January 2015

Trinity College Dublin was represented by the Faculty of Engineering Mathematics and Science (EMS) at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition earlier this month. Around 5,000 students ranging from leaving cert to primary school pupils visited the Trinity stand over the three days of the event.

Twenty volunteers from schools across the EMS Faculty manned the stand to demonstrate science and technology outside of the classroom, showing how it permeates every aspect of the world around us and to encourage those with a scientific interest to follow a career in science and technology.

Zoology was popular, with the turtle bringing universal ‘oohs and ahhs’ of delight from students, teachers and parents alike. The cockroaches inspired a slightly different response, but those brave enough to hold them were rewarded with the admiration of their friends. With geckos, snakes and spiders, the stand had enough to keep all budding zoologists happy. 

The Geology department brought interstellar travellers – meteor rocks that crashed to earth millions of years ago, 'rocking' the imagination of all and Computer Science showcased new programming techniques and games play.

Chemistry demonstrated chemical reactions and basic scientific principles, including techniques used by crime scene investigators including fingerprinting and blood indicator, albeit using substances black pudding as a source and products such as cabbage and apple juice.

Engineering brought several pieces of equipment to show the practical applications of the discipline and visitors discovered what their hands looks like under a thermal imaging camera and could understand how wind is used to power engines. 

In addition to highlighting the fun side of science over the three days, all Trinity exhibitors were on hand to answer more serious questions on courses, careers and the Trinity experience. For more information on Trinity’s Science Course visit: