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Surface Tension: The Future of Water

Mark your calendar for a sneak peek of our next exhibition, "SURFACE TENSION: The Future of Water". Expect unexpected artworks, intriguing investigations, watery wonders and more details to come….


Among the many water-themed exhibits, events, workshops, and interactive experiences, exhibition highlights include:

  • An open-source prototype for a robotic swarming sailing ship that could clean up oil spills in the future
  • Umbilical filters, artificial insemination kits and precocious puberty dolls, all responding to rising levels of chemicals and hormones in our drinking water
  • A water pump that requires the same amount of energy to fill a plastic bottle as would go into producing it – approximately 3 hours of pumping per liter; 1,000 times more energy than would be required for tap water
  • Artist Fergal McCarthy will swim across Dublin from south to north via the city’s many and varied waterways. A film that documents his journey will be screened throughout the exhibition
  • A project by TCD researchers and Dublin-based illustrator Chris Judge that explores the future of washing


November 2nd 2015 is the 200th anniversary year of  George Boole’s birthday. If you have ideas or suggestions about how you might like to celebrate the centenary in your school or region please email Ruairí Ó Céilleachair at
The goal of the Boole2School  Project is: “To grow awareness and prompt curiosity among Irish children and students of the impact of Irish science on the quality of modern life, exemplified by the unique contribution of Boole, with particular emphasis on disciplines of mathematics, computer science and engineering underpinning ICT.”

Cork Education Support Centre on behalf of  ATECI, in conjunction with UCC and with the help of NAPD, IPPN,PDST, IOP and with generous support from EMC are planning to have every school student in the country doing a lesson based on the work of George Boole on that day. 

Check out UCC’s calendar of events for this special year at

50th BTYSTE Birthday Card & Digital Archive

To mark 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which will take place in January 2014, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, Dr Tony Scott and BT’s CEO, Colm O’Neill launched a virtual birthday card which they want as many people as possible to sign. To sign the birthday card go to where you will find a link on the home page to leave your message. (Characters are limited to 400)

As part of the launch of the 50th year of the exhibition, BT Ireland also announced that it will extend its commitment to organising and sponsoring the competition beyond 2014 and until 2016. This additional two-year sponsorship demonstrates continued support and a significant investment by BT into what is now a cornerstone of the Irish educational calendar.

The birthday card is accompanied by a new digital archive created by BT, which displays unique material and iconic moments of the last 49 years of the exhibition. In addition to photographs from throughout the decades, the archive also includes indexed exhibition guides, forming a searchable database of students that competed in the programme. The archive is available at and BT is calling on old friends of the exhibition to re-connect on our Facebook page to share their memories.

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Twitter: please include #BTYSTE50


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