BTYSTE teams up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 More than 40 pupils from Northern Ireland will be taking part in next week’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) in Dublin, which is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors. 15-year-old Harvey Donnelly from Wellington College in Belfast is hoping to impress judges with his project, which uses a computer programme to model electrochemical cell reactions to build better batteries. The 4th year student will present his research alongside 550 other science and technology projects, which are all competing for the coveted title of ‘BT Young Scientist & Technologist’. Harvey says: “I’m really excited about going to Dublin and seeing what all the other students have come up with. It’s the same week as my mock exams and one of these has had to be re-scheduled but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. “I’ve learned so much and my project has already taken me to Queen’s University, where I’ve been talking to researchers in the Department of Chemistry.  I want to develop better batteries and, ultimately, address the biggest challenges facing the world, like climate change and the need for renewable energy.” The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has teamed up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) so that participants, like Harvey, can use their project work to count towards the Skills section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Kate Thompson, DofE Director in Northern Ireland, says: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award.  It’s valued by employers and universities – just like participation in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. “That’s why it made sense for us...

TRANSITION YEAR STUDENT SIMON MEEHAN ANNOUNCED AS WINNER OF THE 54TH BT YOUNG SCIENTIST & TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION

The winner of the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has been announced. Simon Meehan, aged 15, a Transition Year student from Colaiste Choilm in Cork, has taken home the top prize for his project entitled ‘Investigation into the Antimicrobial effects of both aerial and root parts of selected plants against Staphylococcus’ aureus. The coveted prize was presented to the winner this evening in the BT Arena by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Managing Director of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh. Simon Meehan presented his project in the Biological and Ecological section of the Intermediate category. Simon’s award includes the largest prize fund yet of €7,500, the BTYSTE perpetual trophy and an exclusive trip to Bletchley Park in the UK, the famous World War II coding centre. In addition, and uniquely this year, the winner will have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, taking place in the RDS, Dublin in September 2018. This will be only the second time in the 30-year history of the competition that Ireland will host this prominent international event. Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, said, “I’m delighted to be here at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition – it’s fantastic to see so many young people engaged and inspired by the STEM subjects and their application to real world problems. Outside of school activities such as this have a critical role to play in sparking that passion in our children for science and technology and have a massive influence on their engagement with STEM in their future lives. We’ve recently...

American Chamber to recognise BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition with special award

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition to receive Special Recognition Award at the American Chamber’s Annual Dinner in May Global and local contribution to encouraging participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects recognised. The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland has announced that the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) will be honoured with a Special Recognition Award at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on 18 May 2018. The award will recognise BTYSTE’s outstanding contribution to helping enable students across Ireland to participate in STEM based activities. The Chamber strongly supports STEM teaching and learning in Ireland as a critical part of talent development and to ensuring Ireland’s economy remains internationally competitive. Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland said: “This award will publicly recognise BTYSTE’s major contribution to encouraging participation in STEM subjects and the initiative’s significant local, national and global impact.  BTYSTE has provided a means for which every boy and girl in Ireland can see a limitless future of ability and opportunity for themselves through STEM.” Shay Walsh, Managing Director at BT Ireland said: “BTYSTE is delighted and honoured to be recognised by the American Chamber of Commerce for our work helping to discover the next generation of STEM leaders. 2018 marks another year showcasing Irish students’ teamwork, collaboration, creativity, communication, and scientific research. We hope that this year’s success will be a source of inspiration to even more students to participate in STEM and will continue to promote a culture of STEM teaching and learning within our...

President officially opens the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Today, 10 January, President Michael D. Higgins formally opened the 54th edition of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The President visited a number of projects being presented, with ideas and innovations designed to tackle the issues facing Irish and global society. The President also gave an address to the young scientists, paying tribute to the Exhibition initiative, and highlighting the importance of science and of technology transfer in the response to current global challenges such as pollution, poverty and climate...

FUTURE STEM LEADERS TO BE DISCOVERED AT THE 54th BT YOUNG SCIENTIST & TECHNOLOGY

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 2018. President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will officially open the Exhibition at a special ceremony tomorrow, Wednesday 10th 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. Leading communications and IT Services company, BT, is also delighted to announce an increase in prize money for the winner and a trip to the home of codebreaking in World War II, Bletchley Park. This year winner(s) of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, to be announced on Friday, will be presented with a cheque for €7,500, (an increase from €5,000), a trip to the historic Bletchley Park and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy. The 2018 overall winner(s) will also receive the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 30th EU Contest for Young Scientists when it is hosted in Dublin in September. This year’s Exhibition, which is now one of the largest and most renowned of its kind in Europe, will play host to a festival of science and innovation with guest appearances from people like Dr. Norah Patten, Ireland’s astronaut in training, Kevin Mitnick, ‘the world’s most famous hacker’ and broadcaster Jon Snow. Over 20 shows a day will be available for students and visitors to see, including one...

RTÉ announces exciting schedule of live broadcasts, events and activities at BTYSTE 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHfhs4O1YkE  #btyste Go behind-the-scenes at RTÉ with a unique virtual reality experience; see 2FM DJ’s broadcast live to the nation; or try your hand as an RTÉ Weather presenter – get all this and more at the RTÉ set at the 2018 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) at Dublin’s RDS from next Thursday to Saturday. An exciting three-day schedule of live broadcasts, events and activities will include RTÉ One’s Six One News on Wednesday 10th January, as new programme co-presenter, Caitriona Perry meets many of the young pupils and teachers who are taking part in the event and learning about their scientific discoveries. The programme will feature special reports, live interviews, as well as all the day’s main stories from co-presenter, Keelin Shanley in the RTÉ News studio in Donnybrook.   RTÉ’s collaboration with Samsung to create a bespoke RTÉ/Samsung Virtual Reality Experience will offer the 50,000 visitors expected at BTYSTE 2018 the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes during RTÉ One’s One O’Clock News and RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show using cutting edge VR technology.   On radio, RTÉ will mark this year’s BTYSTE with a full schedule of live 2FM broadcasts throughout Thursday as Nicky and Jenny, Tracy Clifford and Eoghan McDermott all present their shows live from the RDS, from 10am – 7pm inclusive. The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene will kick-start this year’s BTYSTE with a live broadcast from 10am – 1pm on Thursday, followed by Tracy Clifford from 1pm – 4pm and then Eoghan McDermott from 4pm – 7pm.   On Friday, Mo K brings the beats to the RDS on RTÉ Pulse from 10am – 1pm, while Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh will present Eolaí...
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