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...

Students Gallop to Success at BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp

Students Gallop to Success at BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp Winners of the 2016 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp announced at NovaUCD Dublin, Thursday 3rd March 2016: A talented team of five teenagers from Offaly, Dublin, Kilkenny and Limerick today claimed the winning spot at the 2016 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp with their project entitled ‘Courses for horses; feeding performance horses as nature intended’. The group presented to a judging panel of accomplished business professionals as they looked to demonstrate how their idea could improve the digestive health and efficiency of performance horses. Daniel Carroll aged 16 from Colaiste Choilm in Offay, Khadija Gull aged 17 from Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan in Dublin, Maeve Shaw aged 16 from Coláiste Pobal Osraí in Kilkenny, David Hamilton aged 15 from Ardscoil Ris in Limerick and Alanna Slater aged 16 from Desmond College in Limerick won ‘best overall team’ at the 7th annual BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp. The team impressed the judges with their well-planned and thought out business pitch for ‘Courses for horses’ which they presented this afternoon at NovaUCD. The team was selected for its significant progress over the four-day workshop, which is designed to equip students with practical skills and knowledge to transform a creative idea into a viable business proposition. The students, selected because they displayed particular business ambition, are shown how to set up a company, write a business plan, create a marketing campaign, draft a budget and present their ideas competently to senior academics and business people. Heather Murphy aged 16 from Sutton Park School in Dublin was recognised as the best individual student....

BT Young Scientists & Technologists of the Year 2016

Transition Year girls from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin announced as winners of the 52nd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition –          Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan win two top awards Dublin, Friday, 8th January 2016: The winners of the 52nd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (#BTYSTE) have been announced.  Maria Louise Fufezan (aged 16) and Diana Bura (aged 15) have taken home the top prize for their project entitled, ‘An Investigation into the Effects of Enzymes used in Animal Feed Additives on the Lifespan of Caenorhabditis Elegans’. The announcement was made in the BT Arena at Dublin’s RDS this evening by Jan O’Sullivan, TD, Minister for Education and Skills, and Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland. The group entered in the intermediate section of the biological & ecological sciences category.   Maria and Diana were presented with a cheque for €5,000, the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 28th European Union Young Scientist competition in Brussels later this year and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy. In addition, as the Group Technical Partner of Williams Racing, BT will bring the winners on an all-expenses paid trip to the home of Williams Racing in Oxfordshire, England. Here the winners will get a behind the scenes look at how Williams are using technology to ensure they remain one of the world’s leading Formula 1 teams.   Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland, said; “We are proud that the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition continues to act as a springboard for future entrepreneurs, academics, scientists and technologists and we have countless past winners who are proof of that. I would like to sincerely congratulate every single student who took part this...
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