Visit WIT’s stand at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition


Fancy seeing a Dalek from Dr. Who and R2D2 from Star Wars go head to head in a battle of the robots; or learn about the journey your food takes from mouth to guts; or how about coming face to face with an 8ft tall Titan the Robot?

Interested? Then the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2013 is where you should be this January. Open to the public from Thursday, 10 to Saturday, 12 January, you will also find 550 projects competing for the coveted title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year 2013. These projects have been developed by secondary school students from around the country and include some seriously weird and wacky inventions, ideas and creations.

Waterford will yet again have one of the largest, most interactive, entertaining and educational stands at the exhibition. Call to the Ecozone where you can discover the wonders of science, the ingenuity of engineering and the magic of maths in a fun and interactive way at the Waterford stand. This amazing stand led by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), joined by Healthcare companies Bausch and Lomb and Teva, and by Waterford City and County Councils, will illustrate the wealth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in the South East.  

At the Waterford stand, you can investigate the challenge of climate change and get a “tree-mendous” indigenous Irish tree sponsored by Coillte. Explore microbes and macro-invertebrates, learn about the workings of the eye and meet “Bengie”, a robot designed and built by Electronic Engineering students at Waterford IT. You can also do some fun maths puzzles with the Maths Week Ireland displays developed at WIT and meet 17th century Irish scientist, Robert Boyle.

The stand is organised by WIT’s Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology (Calmast) which is Ireland’s leading STEM promotion centre. WIT Science and Engineering lecturers, and students from WIT’s Science and Engineering societies, along with scientists and engineers from Waterford industry and local authorities have been working through the winter to develop these interactive and educational displays. Calmast is spearheading the development of Waterford as an EU Region of Scientific Culture, working with Waterford County and City Councils, schools and industry. For more information, visit

According to Dr. Sheila Donegan from Calmast, “We are pleased once again to support the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in partnership with leading Waterford based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies Bausch & Lomb and Teva and Waterford City and County Councils. We have been exhibiting at the Young Scientist for many years and the Waterford stand is always one of the most popular.

“All areas of science, engineering, maths and technology will be displayed at the stand in the hope of exciting visitors about the importance of science in our everyday lives. The stand will illustrate how many technology-related companies are operating in the south east region and how the institute works with them.”

In addition to the WIT stand, other shows include The World of Robots which brings together the best 100 kilo combat robots that are better armed than a Special Forces unit. Dr. Who’s Dalek, Star Wars’ R2D2, Thor and World Champion Storm II are just some of the robots that will fight it out with spinning discs, razor sharp teeth, brute strength and no mercy, all inside a bullet proof cage. Returning due to popular demand for his third appearance the 8ft tall giant, Titan the Robot will shock audiences as he 'fires up' and comes to life.

And there’s “It Takes Guts” which brings us on the journey of our food into our mouth, through the acid bath in the stomach, along metres of pulsating guts, and... out the other end!  Presented by London’s The Science Museum, which is part funded by BT, the show promises to be a gross, squirm-inducing demonstration!  And Sci-Five, W5's Astonishing Experiments team make their way through some excellent experiments with flashes, bangs and some elephant's toothpaste!

Event: WIT at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Date: Thursday, 10 to Saturday, 12 January 2013

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