Ahead of the official opening of the annual Young Scientist of the Year exhibition, RTÉ News meets some of the students taking part and hears about their projects.
The panel of six judges have already been assessing the bewildering array of inventions on display from the young scientists.
Declan Grady of Falcarragh Community School in County Donegal demonstrates how his robot operates. Pupils from Holy Faith Convent in Killester ask,
Can loud music injure your ears?
Pupils from a vocational school in Tralee examine the best ingredients for perfume.
Battery driven go-carts, creepy crawlies, bees, the microscopic structure of muscles, and a bicycle that generates electricity, are just some of the projects on display.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 January 1982. The reporter is Colm Connolly.