2008 press releases

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Breaks All Time Record for Entries

Record breaking 14% increase in number of entries The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has broken all records with 1,616 projects entered into the 2009 exhibition. With a significant 14% increase in the overall number of projects across the island, it is a testament to BT’s commitment to attract more and more students into the world of science and technology. The BT Young Scientist Exhibition aims to build ingenuity, creativity and excitement amongst students and to help them to understand the importance and relevance of the sciences in their everyday lives, while fostering the very skills that are essential for building a knowledge economy and the future prosperity of the island. 3,712 students are represented in the 1,616 projects in 32 counties across the island which includes a 25% increase in the number of projects from Northern Ireland. This is a clear indication of how the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has grown from strength the strength throughout its 45 year history to become one of the largest events of its kind in the world. Year on year there has been a steady surge in the number of entries; from 669 entries in 2001 to an overwhelming 1,616 this year marking an overall increase of 240%. 500 of the projects submitted will qualify to compete in the finals in the RDS, Dublin next January. The overall winner(s) will be crowned BT Young Scientist of the Year and will receive a Waterford Crystal trophy together with a cheque for EUR5,000. The winner will also get the opportunity to represent Ireland in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists... read more

BT Young Scientist wins in Europe

BT Young Scientist of the year Emer Jones, has scooped second place for her project on “Research and Development of Emergency Sandbag Shelters” at the European Young Scientist competition in Copenhagen in September.  Emer, who was the youngest ever winner in the history of the BT Young Scientist last January, won €5000 in Copenhagen. Commenting on the win, Chris Clark from BT said: “We’re delighted to hear the result from Copenhagen and wish Emer every success in her future research. Emer is a fantastic ambassador for the future of science and technology in Ireland and we hope her success hopefully inspire other young people to enter the 2009 BT Young Scientist & Technology... read more

BT YOUNG SCIENTIST & TECHNOLOGY WINNERS TO RECEIVE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Senior level students participating in the upcoming BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January will now be in with a chance to win anentrance scholarship to their choice of Ireland’s seven universities in the Republic of Ireland, BT announced today. For the first time, scholarships of €1,000 will be awarded to every fifth and sixth year student that wins first place in either the individual or group categories at the exhibition, whilst a €2,000 scholarship will be awarded to any fifth and sixth year student that wins the overall 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year award. Fifth year students who receive the entrance scholarship prize will be able to ‘bank’ their award until sixth year, when they make their university applications. The scholarships will be awarded to both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland students who are eligible for the prize. Commenting on the announcement, DCU President and Chair of the National STEM Education Review Group, Prof. Brian MacCraith, said “On behalf of the universities involved in this scholarship funding, we are delighted to partner with BT in our common goal to encourage and harness STEM learning across the island of Ireland. The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a premier platform for second level STEM engagement and we want to recognise the efforts and enhanced learning experience of those students that participate in the exhibition, as they approach their third level education.” Colm O’ Neill, CEO, BT Ireland, added “Year after year, the exhibition continues to grow and more organisations are coming on board to help with the shared objective to drive science and technology engagement in schools. We hope... read more

BT YOUNG SCIENTIST & TECHNOLOGY WINNERS TO RECEIVE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Senior level students participating in the upcoming BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January will now be in with a chance to win an entrance scholarship to their choice of Ireland’s seven universities in the Republic of Ireland, BT announced today. For the first time, scholarships of €1,000 will be awarded to every fifth and sixth year student that wins first place in either the individual or group categories at the exhibition, whilst a €2,000 scholarship will be awarded to any fifth and sixth year student that wins the overall 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year award.Fifth year students who receive the entrance scholarship prize will be able to ‘bank’ their award until sixth year, when they make their university applications. The scholarships will be awarded to both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland students who are eligible for the prize.Commenting on the announcement, DCU President and Chair of the National STEM Education Review Group, Prof. Brian MacCraith, said “On behalf of the universities involved in this scholarship funding, we are delighted to partner with BT in our common goal to encourage and harness STEM learning across the island of Ireland. The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a premier platform for second level STEM engagement and we want to recognise the efforts and enhanced learning experience of those students that participate in the exhibition, as they approach their third level education.”Colm O’ Neill, CEO, BT Ireland, added “Year after year, the exhibition continues to grow and more organisations are coming on board to help with the shared objective to drive science and technology... read more
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