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...

BT announces support for Active Communities Network and Rio Ferdinand Foundation across island of Ireland

Rio Ferdinand and BT encourage young people to ‘Dream it, Do it’ at a special event at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 12 January 2017 – BT, Active Communities Network (ACN) and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation (RFF) will join forces today at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) to announce BT’s support for a programme designed to promote entrepreneurial and tech skills, youth leadership, and social mobility amongst young people across the island of Ireland. Active Communities Network deliver frontline projects, primarily through sport and cultural activity, to engage young people in education, mentoring and training, and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation delivers skills, employability and employment programmes. Both will collaborate with BT to share best practice, offer mentorship, tech skills training and development opportunities for young people in socio-economically deprived communities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The scheme is designed to help build career aspirations and employability skills amongst participants disadvantaged by lack of access, opportunity, or role models. The announcement will be made at a special event this afternoon at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, featuring Rio Ferdinand, founder of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and former England football captain. The event, which also features broadcaster Aidan Power, Williams Formula 1 Racing CIO Graeme Hackland, BTYSTE alumni Abdul Abubakar and Emily Duffy, and genetics student Avril Watson, is designed to inspire young people from every walk of life to consider careers in science and technology. Speaking about the event, Rio Ferdinand said “The Rio Ferdinand Foundation, ACN and BT share a vision to help young people develop the skills and confidence...

BT extends partnership with the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition until 2020

11th January 2017: BT Ireland has extended its partnership with the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition until at least 2020. The 53rd annual Exhibition, opened today by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, marks the 17th year under BT’s stewardship. Since its inception in 1963 by Dr. Tony Scott and the late Fr. Tom Burke, almost 85,000 Irish secondary school students have entered the Exhibition, showcasing their original ideas and inventions as part of one of the world’s largest and longest-running science fairs. The event provides a platform for young people with a passion for science and technology and is designed to nurture local talent and skills for the workforce of tomorrow. Its alumni have gone on to launch commercial enterprises, earn international recognition for their ideas, and forge successful careers in critical STEM subject areas. Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT Group said, “We are honoured to extend our commitment to the exhibition for an additional two years. As a vibrant digital hub, Ireland depends on local tech talent and a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship to drive its economy. BTYSTE is one of the most significant grassroots STEM initiatives in the world, bringing together schools, businesses, government and academia with the shared goal of nurturing that future pool of home-grown talent. The exhibition is also making an impact beyond Ireland with the success of its winners in the EU Contest for Young Scientists and with the roll out of the Exhibition in Tanzania and Kenya.” Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, said, “I welcome BT’s continued investment in the Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Their...

Students descend on Dublin’s RDS for the 53rd BT Young Scientist Exhibition

Dublin, Tuesday 10th January 2017: Thousands of students will light up Dublin’s RDS as the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition kicks off tomorrow. The event brings together some of the country’s brightest young minds as they compete to take home the coveted title of the BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year 2017. President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will officially open the Exhibition at a special ceremony tomorrow, Wednesday 11th January, attended by students, teachers, Exhibition partners and stakeholders, and presented by broadcaster Aidan Power and TG4’s Roisin Ni Thomáin. The ceremony will be streamed live on Facebook from 2 p.m. There are 550 projects on show at this year’s Exhibition across four categories: Technology; Biological and Ecological; Social and Behavioural Sciences; and Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences. This year’s projects cover a wide variety of topics, from dating to farming and everything in between. Judging begins tomorrow afternoon, and the Exhibition opens to the public from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th January, with approx. 50,000 visitors, young and old, expected to visit the event over the course of the three days. Speaking at today’s launch, Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland said; “This is a record-breaking year for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, with our highest number of entries to date. The quality of the projects on show this year is extraordinary, tackling some of the greatest challenges and opportunities facing society today — from ground-breaking digital tools for people with disabilities to the global migration crisis. We are proud to provide this amazing platform for young people for the 17th year, and...
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