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Countdown to BT Young Scientist-here is our agenda January 13, 2010

Posted by Kristina O'Regan in Uncategorized.

WOW! The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition has not even started yet, but it has already broken a record: 329 schools with a total of 1,588 projects entered the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exibition 2010 as stated on the Facebook page of the exhibition. There will be exhibits 514 in total at the event and there is entertainment planned in the BT arena. But not only students are ready for the grand day tomorrow. We are, too.

And now for our agenda:

IBM ‘Smarter Planet’ Stand


On the stand volunteers will explain IBM’s Smarter Planet vision using real life examples; we’ll have the Smart Sensor ‘Lunch box’ as used by IBM with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Splash and the Marine Institute in SmartBay .

THE LUNCH BOX – mini realtime lab in a box

Well, it is not a usual lunch box. You’ll find no sandwiches inside but smart technology. The so-called Lunch Box analyzes the water and tells fisher about the water quality.

An example of such a system is the phosphate sensor which has been developed at the CLARITY Centre, in Dublin City University (DCU)  and IBM. (details of how it works on next page)

The Microfluidic technology in the box provides a route to the development of miniaturised analytical instruments that could be deployed remotely, and operate autonomously over relatively long periods of time (months–years).

We will be demonstrating Ubuntu Open Source Operating System

Learning, chatting or listening to music – every one of us is using technology to do that. What would you think about a single programme with which you’d be able to do all this? At our stand we’ll show you what it is all about – and the best: it is free!

Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you’ll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.

Wii and Smarter Planet Competition

We have a ‘My idea for a Smarter Planet Competition‘ which launches on Thursday at the event and runs through to mid-February on http://www.ibm.com/ie with the winner receives a Lenovo Laptop plus a trip to the IBM Innovation Centre for their class.  There will be also be a daily raffle to win a Wii. Did you know this is powered by an IBM processor?

Here is an example of a Smarter Planet idea:

There is so much technology available. The question is: How could we use it to make the planet smarter? Imagine you have lost you maths book. And you find out where your book is, using your mobile phone because there is a sensor on your book. Talk with us about a smarter planet!

We are also participating in the “Learning Technology for the 21st Century” stand

In addition, IBM is one of the vendors invited to participate in the BT “Learning Technology for the 21st Century” stand.  This comprises of a classroom, principals office and living room.  We will have a ‘Young Explorer’ as used in IBM’s KidSmart Early Learning Programme, we’ll also be talking about IBM’s Reading Companion programme and resources such as PowerUp, Virtual Forbidden City and the IBM Academic Initiative and we’ll have a couple of Lego Robot demonstrations too! You can find information on all these programmes by visiting here.

Teachers Seminar (2-3pm Thursday and Friday)

We have the opportunity to present a teachers’ seminar on “How to use Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to save money and improve the quality of your students’ education”.

Come and find out more about IBM! You’ll find us directly inside the main entrance (Stand 26).



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