IT STARTS HERE!

  IT STARTS HERE! Top illusionist joins BT in call for students to enter the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Belfast, Wednesday 24th May, 2017: Top illusionist and television mentalist David Meade joined students at Belfast Metropolitan College today to officially launch the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE). The launch took place at a Sci-Tech Workshop hosted by David Meade and coordinated by BT, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) and Belfast Metropolitan College. The workshop was designed to invigorate, inspire, and engage students and teachers alike in STEM subjects. During the event, David Meade, who is an official ambassador for the BTYSTE, called on young people aged 12-19 years old to create their own project in the science, technology, engineering and maths categories and enter the 2018 BTYSTE. The theme for BTYSTE 2018 is ‘It Starts Here’, signifying the beginning of opportunities for young people at the exhibition, where they can express their interest in STEM and demonstrate creativity by turning their ideas into reality. Commenting on the launch, David Meade said: “I’m thrilled to be involved with the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for the third year in a row as I am incredibly passionate about anything that inspires young people to continue to learn, explore and to take on new challenges and experiences. “This world class exhibition allows students to use their imaginations to turn what they are learning in class each day into a fantastic idea and the exhibition can be, and has been, the starting point of a bright and brilliant future for many young...

A teacher’s story on entering BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

Our school had always entered the BT Young Scientist competition in the past and had been very successful over the years under the supervision of Mr McKenna. Mr McKenna retired in 2010 and we hadn’t entered a project until 2016, when he helped a student enter their project in his own time. I had visited the exhibition and knew from Mr McKenna that preparation for the competition was very demanding but having experienced the event in 2016, we decided to enter three projects in the 2017 competition. One of the greatest challenges for the entry form was thinking of a project which was new, innovative and different. After the initial application, two out of three projects were accepted and the real work began. Pupils came in at lunchtime and after school and a lot of extra time was put in. On 30 December we got a call to say that a project had withdrawn from the competition and our third project was invited to take part. Our initial reaction was that we couldn’t get the project ready in 11 days, and the pupils weren’t even back to school until the 9 January to get any experiments done. However, having been at the exhibition the previous year, I knew how much our pupils would enjoy it and so myself and my colleague Mrs Katrina Brolly, really encouraged them to go for it. It was definitely a mammoth task ahead! Getting to the event BT were very good helping us with the grant etc, but other than myself and Mrs Brolly, staff members in the school were not really aware what...

A view from St Killian’s College Carnlough

I decided to enter BTYSTE six years ago.  Some year 13 pupils had a project they had started when taking part in the First Lego League competition and I thought it was good enough to develop into a product, and wouldn’t require much more work to finish it to a good standard.  I knew the standard at BTYSTE was high so I made sure that the pupil’s application to enter was well written. The pupils were keen to go to Dublin so they put a good effort into the project but it didn’t interfere with their normal AS classes. The application was successful but we didn’t know what to expect in Dublin. The time and effort required for a good project could be compared to the time and effort you would put into a school team involved in sport over a two to three month period. Now every year as soon as we come home from Dublin we start thinking up new projects for the following year. Getting support is vital I have great support from our own school and the headmaster was keen to promote BTYSTE as well.  There is great support from BT with a dedicated help line to for BTYSTE from N. Ireland and you can contact them for information or if you need any help.  The Dept. of Education is also very supportive and invites all entries from Northern Ireland to Stormont for a buffet lunch, photo opportunity and recognition of efforts. The challenge when you know you are going to Dublin is to get the project finished to a good standard which will give...

40% of second level students not choosing science or technology as perceived ‘too difficult’

BT reveals research findings as it launches the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Study reveals that participation in events like the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has a strong influence on third level degree choices School and peers identified as most important influencers in developing interest in science and technology 98% of third level students surveyed could not identify an Irish scientist or technologist BT Ireland today launched the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), calling on secondary school students across Ireland to begin their preparation for the 2018 event in January. To mark the launch of the 2018 exhibition, BT commissioned an independent survey of third-level students to identify levels and origins of interest in science and technology. The research revealed that participation in events like the BTYSTE has a strong influence on the future pursuit of science and technology at third level. However, 40% of students still perceive science and technology subjects as ‘too difficult’. Last year, the BTYSTE recorded the highest ever number of entries proving that the popularity of the exhibition and engagement in STEM events is growing year on year. However, the research illustrates that there is still work to be done to promote the value of choosing science and technology subjects at secondary school level. Key findings revealed that: 40% say they didn’t take science for their Leaving Cert or consider it for third level as they found the subject too difficult One in three had no interest in science or technology whatsoever Despite the volume of Irish technology and science entrepreneurs making their mark, only 2% of...

5th Year Dublin student Shane Curran announced as winner of the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Dublin, Friday, 13th January 2017: The winner of the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has been announced.  Shane Curran, aged 16, a 5th year student from Terenure College, Dublin 6, has taken home the top prize for his project entitled ‘qCrypt: The quantum-secure, encrypted, data storage solution with multijurisdictional quorum sharding technology’. The announcement was made in the BT Arena at Dublin’s RDS this evening by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills, and Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland. Shane competed in the senior section of the Technology category. Shane’s award includes a prize-fund of €5,000, the BTYSTE perpetual trophy, and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Tallinn, Estonia later this year. Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, said, “It is wonderful to see so many students entering the world of STEM through the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Initiatives such as this have a critical role to play in raising awareness and engagement around science and technology and the impact it has on every aspect of our lives. I would like to congratulate every student, teacher and school community involved for their fantastic work this week. The Exhibition is a highlight for the education calendar every year, and I am delighted that BT will continue to support this event until 2020.” Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland, said; “It has been an incredible exhibition that has captured the imaginations of tens of thousands...
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