Deadline for entries is fast approaching for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017

Exhibition announced as official Gaisce Challenge Partner 8 September 2016: Time is running out to enter this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) before the deadline on Wednesday, 28th September 2016. Taking part couldn’t be simpler – students can submit a one-page proposal outlining their idea via www.btyoungscientist.com. For secondary school students who have ever thought “What if?”, BTYSTE offers an opportunity to dream big and give it a shot. This year, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has been named an official Gaisce Challenge Partner which means that students can now dedicate their BTYSTE project work towards achieving a Bronze medal as part of Gaisce – The President’s Award. BTYSTE planning, preparation and participation will all count towards the Personal Skill qualification, one of the four challenge areas undertaken as part of the Gaisce programme. Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, said: “BTYSTE isn’t just a school science fair. It is a unique event that provides an opportunity for students to dream and to push their imaginations as far as they can. Each year we see young people take the first step towards becoming entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists, starting out with a simple idea that can blossom into a formal research concept or even a profitable business. Our new partnership with Gaisce – The President’s Award provides yet another reason for young people to explore an idea or an innovation, and enter a proposal for 2017.” To find out more about dedicating BTYSTE project work towards a Gaisce Bronze medal, visit www.gaisce.ie/btyste. To qualify, participants must be aged 15-19 years...

Secondary schools receive financial boost from BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Secondary schools receive financial boost from BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 133 schools across Ireland supported by BT in 2016 10 August 2016: BT Ireland today confirmed financial grants of more than €75,000 to secondary school students across Ireland that participated in this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), one of the world’s largest and longest-running school STEM showcases. The company also reaffirmed its commitment to providing travel and accommodation grants for schools taking part in the 2017 exhibition, which closes for entries on September 28, 2016. The grant scheme is designed to provide financial assistance to the growing number of schools travelling to Dublin each year to participate in the BTYSTE, ensuring that young people with a passion for science and technology have an equal opportunity to get involved, regardless of their geographical location. Schools that are located over 70km from the RDS, where the exhibition is held, are eligible to apply for a grant of €150 per individual entry or €300 for a group entry, up to a maximum of €1,500 per school. In 2016, BT provided more than €75,000 in grant funding to 133 schools across Ireland, bringing the total financial support since 2006 to almost €650,000. Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, said; “We are keenly aware of the financial pressures facing both schools and parents today. Our goal is to ensure that travel and accommodation expenses don’t stand in the way of budding entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists interested in showcasing their innovations. Over the last 50 years, BTYSTE has been a vital platform for Ireland’s most...

Calling students to ‘DREAM IT, DO IT’ and enter BTYSTE 2017

With less than a month until schools across the country are back to porridge, Pete Snodden, host of the Cool FM Breakfast Show, has teamed up with the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) to call upon young people across the region to take part in the next event. In a bid to encourage teachers and young people from across Northern Ireland to ‘Dream it, Do it’ and take the science world by storm, Pete is helping drive a campaign to recruit local people aged 12-19 to enter the 2017 exhibition, which takes place in January 2017. BT has also reinforced its commitment to support schools across Northern Ireland to enter this year’s exhibition by offering schools the opportunity to apply for a FREE travel and accommodation grant of up to £2,205. Picture shows: Jill Carwell (15), Sarah Miller (16) and Vicki Miller (16) from Carryduff joined Cool FM DJ Pete Snodden in Belfast to raise awareness of the 2017 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and to call upon young people from across Northern Ireland to submit their proposals to take part in the competition ahead of the closing deadline of...

Taking learning to new heights…

Top illusionist joins BT in call for entries to the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Belfast, Monday 6th June, 2016: Top illusionist and television mentalist David Meade today joined students in the dome at Victoria Square for a science lesson 148ft high to launch the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Proving that science is not just lab coats and Bunsen burners, David helped students take their learning to new heights by hosting the dome’s first ever interactive science lesson in a bid to encourage young people to ‘Dream it, Do it’ and enter this year’s competition. The science lesson was hosted by BT to mark the official launch of the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and today the company called on teachers and young people aged 12-19 from across Northern Ireland to get involved in the exhibition which will take place in January 2017. To enter, the individual or group must submit a one-page proposal outlining their project idea before the closing date of 28th September, 2016. Entries can be made in any one of four categories within the STEM agenda: (science, technology, engineering and maths). Commenting on the launch, David Meade said: “I am very excited to be involved in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for a second year as I’m a huge advocate of anything that inspires and encourages young people to pursue their dreams and continue to learn. As a former teacher myself, I understand the importance of encouraging young people to take what they’re learning in the class room or their day-to-day life and use their imagination...

81 per cent of secondary school students state technology has enhanced education and 68 per cent want teachers to use more technology in the classroom

NEWS RELEASE                                                                        DC16-214 81 per cent of secondary school students state technology has enhanced education and 68 per cent want teachers to use more technology in the classroom BT and Irish gymnast Kieran Behan call for entries for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017 Dublin, Wednesday 18 May 2016: Research released today by BT Ireland reveals that 81 per cent of secondary school students believe that technology has advanced their education and made information and learning more accessible, while 68 per cent believe that teachers should use more technology in the classroom. The research was conducted with 513 secondary school students and 333 parents of secondary school students throughout Ireland to launch the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017. The aim of the research is to gain a deeper insight into what motivates young people in terms of their education and career and to understand their perception of science and technology. If they could broaden the school curriculum, students were asked what aspects of science and technology they would like to learn. 57 per cent said they would choose computer programming, 53 per cent said sports science and 41 per cent named bioengineering as their preferred choice. In terms of their futures, sports science is popular with 33 per cent stating they would choose a career in the field. Other choices include a career as a medical researcher (47 per cent) and a scientist working on a beauty brand (25 per cent). These responses show students are thinking about science beyond its traditional form and in a broad range of careers. The research was undertaken to...
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