2014 marks 50 years of the Young Scientist Exhibition. The first Young Scientist Exhibition was held in the Mansion House in 1965 with 230 participating students. This year the 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition takes place at the RDS, Dublin with the official opening ceremony taking place on Wednesday 8 January at 2.00pm. The award ceremony takes place on Friday evening with the show remaining open to the public until Saturday 11 January.

Taking a look back 20 years on 6 January 1994, the Aer Lingus Young Scientist of the Year, as it was then called, took place at the RDS in Dublin. The 1994 exhibition included 400 projects from 300 schools. 521 girls and 282 boys entered the 30th year of the competition, with 31 projects from Northern Ireland. The Aer Lingus flight simulator proved to be one of the popular attractions.

Reporter Kevin McDonald meets two young scientists, Gerard Fitzpatrick from St. Michael's, Merrion Road, and Liam Fitzgerald from CBS in Thurles. They discuss their projects on drug abuse and battery recharging demonstrating the diversity of the projects on show at the exhibition. Jane Feehan from St. Brendan's Community School was the overall winner in 1994 for her project 'The Secret Life of the Calluna Case-Carrier'.

This RTÉ News report by Kevin McDonald was broadcast on 6 January 1994.

For mor information on this years exhibition, visit www.btyoungscientist.ie

Aer Lingus Flight Simulator
Aer Lingus Flight Simulator on show at the 1994 Young Scientist Exhibition.