‘Eureka’ visits the Aer Lingus Young Scientist Exhibition in 1976 and meets the winner Mary Kelly. Mary is from Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan and is no stranger to success at the Young Scientist Exhibition having previously won the overall junior award and the runner-up prizes. Mary sees the Young Scientist Exhibition as “a very good chance for students to show their ability in practical science”. Mary’s geological project focuses on the value of opening up mines and she hopes to follow a career in geology after completing the leaving certificate.
Bandon Vocational School, Co. Cork wins the ‘Best Group Project’.
Mark Dargan, St. Vincent’s College, Castleknock, Dublin takes the overall runner-up prize.
'Eureka' was a science series broadcast on RTÉ during 1975 and 1976. 'Eureka' set out to show the many facets of science and related technologies. Programmes included studio demonstrations and film reports from around the country. 'Eureka' was presented by Jim Sherwin and Caroline Erskine with reporters Jim Fahy and Pat Casey.
Now in its 49th year, the Young Scientist Exhibition has been held every January since 1965. While competition is currently sponsored by BT Ireland, it was previously sponsored by Aer Lingus for 33 years. Prizes are awarded in the categories of biology, physics, technology, and social and behaviour sciences.
This year the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition takes place at the R.D.S. in Dublin from the 9th to the 12th of January and comprises 550 projects presented by second-level students from throughout Ireland.