The competition, now entering its 51st year, is a chance for students to take science outside of the four walls of the classroom, and do their own research, often in a subject they are interested in. The exhibition itself is the final stage of the competition, with 550 competitors in total. Before a student reaches this stage, there is a certain number of stages to pass through first.
First the student must come up with an idea. They must then follow this up with some background research and tests, to find out if the idea could be used in the competition. once they have a working idea, the student must move onto tier One Page Proposal. This proposal must be less than 500 words long, and its aim is to convince the judges that your project is worthy for the exhibition in the RDS in Dublin. This Proposal must be sent in before the 1st of October.
If you’re project is accepted, you have until January the 5th to finish your project. The first day of the exhibition is on the 6th and this just involves registration and setting up of Dublin project in the RDS. The next day, the rest of the projects are set up. Judging also starts on this day and continues over the following two days. The awards ceremony is held on the 9th, and there is one final day before the exhibition closes.