A record number of entries from Tipperary schools have qualified for a place at next year's BT Young Scientist competition.
A total of 23 projects submitted by 15 schools have been selected to showcase their research at the RDS in January.
Schools from Thurles, Tipperary town, Nenagh, Templemore, Roscrea, Borrisoleigh, Carrick on Suir and Clonmel were among those selected to present their ideas which include medical data apps to enable pharmacists administer epi pens, software to remove hateful language to reduce online harassment and gender inequality in the GAA.
Leading the charge is Presentation School Thurles who will be presenting three projects at the exhibition in the intermediate Technology and Biology sections.
An interesting study will also be carried out by CBS Thurles students who are investigating the impact social media has on exam results!
Other schools set to present their ideas include St Mary's Secondary School Nenagh with their project on peoples attitudes to electric cars, Colaiste Phobáil Roscrea who will be investigating water sources on carrot yield and Ard Scoil na mBraithre from Clonmel who will be looking at how loneliness and depression can lead to substance abuse in teens.
Meanwhile Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed Thurles will review the effect of adding cow manure to concrete and students from the Cistercian College Roscrea will examine the effects physical fatigue can have on a person's mental state.
The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, takes place this 11-14 January. Over 2,090 project ideas were submitted by secondary students from 375 schools across the country this year, up 2 percent on 2016 exhibitions