Almost 4 and a half thousand students from across 32 counties have submitted ideas for the BT Young Scientist exhibition.
The competition celebrates its 50th year in 2014 and says a record of more than 2,000 projects have been submitted from 379 schools.
The majority of entries are in the Social & Behavioural Sciences category.
BT says there has been an increase in the number of students creating commercially-viable projects and demonstrating entrepreneurial flair.
The 2014 entries at a glance:
BT estimates that, over the past 50 years, almost 70,000 students have submitted more than 33,000 projects to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. In recent years BT has noted an increase in the number of students creating commercially-viable projects and demonstrating entrepreneurial flair.
Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland said, “Investment in science and technology has continued to serve Ireland well and as a country we need to ensure we have the talent to sustain and grow these valuable sectors.”
“We are delighted that the exhibition, 50 years on, is so compelling that 50 per cent of secondary schools have entered a project. I would like to thank the students, their teachers and parents, and our partners such as the Department of Education & Skills, for being key elements in what is truly a great Irish success story.”