Why get involved

There are loads of reasons to get involved and we've tried to squeeze in as many onto this web page as we can.

1. The prizes!

There are over 100 prizes to be won, including the prestigious BT Young Scientist(s) of the Year Award and the chance to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists.  Click here to find out more about the prizes.

2. The success stories! 

Many previous winners of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition have gone on to amazing careers in the science and technology industries. Indeed, many of them used their award as a springboard to launch their professional lives. Click here to check out our past winners Hall of Fame.

3. Your cv or application form for university/college 

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a brilliant bit of extra-curricular activity to put on your CV or application form for college / university. It shows a real passion for science and an ability to think for yourself.  It also really helps to build your confidence in presenting as you learn how to articulate your ideas before speaking to the judges.

4. Teachers/school

The rewards aren’t just confined to entrants. Teachers will see real, long-term benefits by getting involved. It’s a great way to get pupils inspired about the vital subjects of science and technology and a brilliant way to showcase your school’s scientific pedigree. It also helps to put the fun back into subjects which are viewed by many as a bit ‘dry’.

But don’t just take our word for it… Teachers and pupils leave the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition enthused and invigorated. Here are a few quotes from some people who were involved in previous events.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a wonderful experience for students, teachers and the public at large. From a teachers point of view, this is an ideal opportunity to do real science which is not restricted by a curriculum. The ideas are products of the imagination and curiosity of the individual or group. The students get to ponder, trip, stumble, fall and get up again and again. They experience that problems will present themselves but that these problems can be overcome and dealt with in some shape or form. Hypotheses are proposed, pilot tests run (this in itself shows that few get it right first time) relevant experiments run, data collected, data analysed and conclusions drawn.

To see the students complete a solid scientific study, believe in it and defend it when interviewed by the judges is the highlight for me.

Padraig Harlow

Mean Scoil Muire Gan Smal, Convent of Mercy, Roscommon Town - Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Educator of Excellence 2015

To say that the BT Young Scientist is an incredible experience would be an understatement. The BT Young Scientist is not just a four day exhibition in the RDS but a journey that starts in the classroom and takes you to a whole new incredible world, where you meet new people, try new things, explore your imagination, think outside the box and do things that you could have only dreamed of.

The BT Young Scientist doesn’t finish in the RDS, the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp in UCD, embarked me upon a whole new and different experience, meeting like minded people, thinking about my project from different angles and developing new skills that change your perspective on not only your project but life.

No words can describe how amazing my BT Young Scientist journey was. It has changed my career path, given me life changing opportunities and I have met friends for life. It is an experience that will stick with me for life and has given me a platform along with the self belief and confidence to pursue my dreams.

Shíofra Ryan

An Tionchar

I was absolutely amazed at the entire event! Unbelievable quality from start to finish from students, teachers, judges, organisers, red coats, caterers. I have never seen an awards ceremony with so much fun and energy.

I can honestly say that I have never seen my children evolve so much in such a short space of time. I’m sure that is true for many parents. The whole experience gives them a real opportunity to shine. Irrespective of prizes, the development that took place was incredible and, at times, my own children were unrecognisable in terms of confidence and demeanour!

An amazing experience all round and we shall return next year.

Parent

Over the years our school has developed a special bond with the BT Young Scientist competition and wonderful memories have been created that will live long in our students and school community. We aim to foster the promotion of science in our school and continued promotion of the Young Scientist competition for many years to come.

Kinsale Community School are so proud of Emer, Sophie and Ciara for winning this year’s competition and are also extremely proud of all our entrants in the 2013 BT Young Scientist competition. The three girls have been wonderful ambassadors for their school, families and county and they are looking forward to promoting the Young Scientist competition in our school.

Shaun Holly

Kinsale Community School

Since 1965, when it was founded, many people have worked tirelessly to ensure that the BT young Scientist remains pre-eminent among science fairs worldwide. Their work has inspired many young people to engage in scientific research and has affected the lives of the participants in a very positive way.

Initiating, preparing, completing and presenting a project at the standard required for the BTYS&TE poses many challenges. But, when we reflect on our experience, what we remember most vividly are not the difficulties, even though there were plenty of them, but the excitement of investigating new ideas and methods.

Mark Kelly and Eric Doyle

BT Young Scientists & Technologists of the Year 2012

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has the right mix, in that students often quote that they have “room to go outside the box” and that they are participating in “science that interests young people” while still having “the craic”. Every year, as educators, we are humbled by the maturity, creativity, initiative, self-confidence and excellent communication skills demonstrated by all participants. Our whole school community looks forward to being dazzled by the brilliance on show in the RDS by students in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2015 and returning to school invigorated and looking forward to the next terrific instalment!

John White

St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk

After competing in BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition in 2010 and being awarded runner-up to the overall winner, I then entered Young Innovators in Belfast. Winning “Young Innovators” in Belfast back in 2010 I was ecstatic about competing in London. I felt truly privileged to represent N. Ireland in a science competition in England and hoped I could do us proud. For three days “The Big Bang” exhibition buzzed with the atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm!! The attributes gained from researching, compiling data and presenting are lifelong skills that will be easily applied to all aspects of my studies as a vet. The contacts and friends that you make though doing and presenting the project are among the best parts of doing any competition. Any student who has an idea for a project or is asked by a teacher to do a project I would say “Don’t even think twice about it – do it! It will be the best experience of your life!

Hannah Eastwood

UK Young Scientist of the Year 2011

It’s hard to put your finger on what makes the BTYS so unique and brilliant . The organisation is superb, the atmosphere is electric, and yes… teenagers talk Science to each other. It’s a real Fun Fair of Science. Most of all the students truly come to understand the significance of scientific research for making a positive difference in the real world.

Catherine Tattersall

Sutton Park School, Dublin

I keep returning year after year because I believe that as many of my interested pupils as possible should have the opportunity to participate in the phenomenon that is the BTYS&TE. Although it takes a lot of hard work and commitment to come up with a qualifying project, my pupils find it very interesting and rewarding.  They get the opportunity to meet new people of all ages and backgrounds, who have a common interest in science. The experience further stimulates their interest in science and they have FUN!

Ann Blanking

St Mary’s College, Derry. Co Londonderry

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