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The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, 2018

This School Science 4-day exhibition of Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Biological and Ecological Sciences, Social and Behavioural Sciences and Technology is on at the moment in Dublin with its 500 projects from second-level students. Since 1963 this hands-on science was something that students in Ireland have being benefiting from.

Many of the projects are of a very high standard indeed, with original research and innovation invariably the hallmark of the major prize winners. Previous winners have gone on to win international accolades and in many cases to forge successful careers at the forefront of the sciences.

The rise in the new atheism has made it a commonplace that science and religion are in conflict, and young people are absorbing the idea as axiomatic. But the Catholic Church's enthusiasm for scientific research and discovery is actually enshrined in its Catechism. Article 159, Faith and Science, states:

"Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth."

This year's winner is Simon Meehan, aged 15, for his project entitled "Investigation into the Antimicrobial effects of both aerial and root parts of selected plants against Staphylococcus’ aureus".
He takes home a cheque for €7,500 and a trip to Bletchley Park.