Everything from Daleks to R2D2 at the science expo

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?

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 www.calmast.ie.