The Esat Young Scientist Exhibition took place at the RDS from the 10-13th January 2001. We displayed our "Marine Project" at the exhibition. It was our first year at the show and four different students presented our project to the public each day. The twelve students attending the exhibition came from 3rd, 5th and 6th classes.

Most students travelled to Dublin by train. We were met by our relatives at the train station who looked after us for the night. The next morning we all assembled at the RDS and went in to see the exhibition and our project.

On our stand we had an aquarium with 2½ week old lobsters that we were trying to grow. Our display told people of our visits to the tallships "Asgard II" and "Tenacious" and the lobster hatchery in Carne, Co. Wexford. We had also carried out a beach survey of Rathmoylan Cove. For fun we had a singing lobster that sang, "Rock the Boat" as people passed by. We also had a huge whalebone on display.

We found it hard at first when we had to talk to the public about our display but then we got used to it and after a while we enjoyed stopping people and telling them about our display. The "singing lobster" was great for attracting people's attention but his batteries began to run out after a while.

People were most interested in the aquarium. In the aquarium we had sea anemones, limpets, barnacles and different types of rocks and seaweeds along with the lobsters. We fed the lobsters on krill and we kept them in separate compartments as they would eat one another.

We worked hard on our stand. As people passed by we would ask them if they would like to see our lobsters. Then we would tell them about the tallships and the beach survey too. People were very friendly and often came back with their friends. They told us our project was really good. We had our picture taken with the Minister for Education, Dr. Michael Woods and Eamon de Butléir when they came to see our exhibit.

During the day we took it in turn to talk to the public. When we were free we were allowed to wander about the hall. One exhibit had a machine that measured your heartbeat and you could see its rhythm on a computer. It was very interesting. Another exhibit was feeding a plant chemicals to make it flower quicker. Other students had an ant farm that they were studying. Another primary school was using electronic Lego in their project and that was very different.

The "Future Zone" was probably the best place to go. There was a Formula 1 racing car that you could drive on a computer. It was really good. You could drive at up to 190mph but then you would crash in a few seconds. There was a boxing machine to test your strength. You could also enter competitions and play games on computer, send video e-mails and get some freebies too.

At the end of the day we were very tired. We took a taxi to the train station and returned to Waterford very late.

It was really good.
Someday we'd like to go back to the exhibition when we're in secondary school with our own projects.

Emma, Matthew, Rachel, Emily, Evan, Patrick, Ciara P. Fergus, Ruth, Ciara D. Iris and David.

St. Mary's National School,
Ballygunner,
Co. Waterford.