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Application Deadline Extended for Virtual BT YSTE 2021

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The BTYSTE 2021 student project application deadline extended to mid-day 1st October

Fee for project entry has been waived

09 September 2020: BT Ireland today announced an extension to the application deadline for entry submissions to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) which will, for the first time in its prestigious history, be delivered across a virtual platform from January 6th – 8th 2021. The new deadline for completed submissions is mid-day on Thursday October 1st 2020.

The decision to extend the deadline was taken to give young people, their teachers and guardians additional time to finalise their ideas as they all adjust to their return to school. It also allows an opportunity for some students to refine their project idea and for teachers to submit their completed documentation.  

Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, BT Ireland said: “We appreciate this has been a trying time for teachers, parents and students across Ireland and we want to do our part to ensure that they have time to adjust to their new learning environment. Covid-19 has meant that many aspects of school life may look different, including many extra-curricular activities.

We would encourage all students to consider taking part in the exhibition. The BTYSTE is a brilliant opportunity to develop skills such as research and presentation skills, that you can take through your school experience and later into your career. Additionally, the BTYSTE is an official Gaisce partner, which allows students to use their participation towards gaining their Gaisce President’s Award.”

The subjects of science and technology have never been more important and the BTYSTE is renowned for giving future innovators, leaders and change-makers a platform upon which to shine on a national and now an international level. The exhibition offers students the chance to take home one of the most coveted awards for participants, the BTYSTE perpetual trophy and a substantial prize fund of €7,500. In all, there are 200 prizes to be won for individuals, groups, and teachers. 

For this year, project entry fees have been waived and entries can now be submitted online at www.btyoungscientist.com. To enter, an individual or group must submit an entry which includes a one-page proposal outlining their project idea. Entries can be made in any one of four categories: technology; social and behavioural science; biological and ecological science and chemical, physical and mathematical science.   A teacher must sign-off each submission and this needs to be completed by mid-day on Thursday the 1st of October 2020. 

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Contact Details:

Hanover Communications for BTYSTE

BTYSTE@hanovercomms.com

Sinead Reilly ׀ sreilly@hanovercomms.com ׀ 085 842 1970

Catherine Dunne ׀ cdunne@hanovercomms.com ׀ 086 400 2985

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition: The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition – it is the experience of a lifetime for the students and teachers who take part. Designed to raise schools’ engagement in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), the Exhibition calls upon students aged 12-19 years from all over the island of Ireland to showcase innovative science and technology projects to approx. 50,000 visitors each year. The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is supported by several valued partners including the Department of Education & Skills, Analog Devices, CISCO, Perrigo, and RTE. Learn more at www.btyoungscientist.com

The Primary Science Fair: The Primary Science Fair, founded in 2003, will take place at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition from the 9th-11th January 2020. Bringing together inquiring minds from primary schools across the country, The Primary Science Fair will give young students the chance to discover and learn about the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and maths by working on their own projects in a non-competitive environment. The Primary Science Fair supports the curriculum and gives these students a platform to learn more about the scientific method and showcase their hard work on a national stage. The aim of the event is to foster a love of science early, and help students develop their math and science skills.

About BT: BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services.  BT consists of four customer-facing units: Consumer, Enterprise, Global and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2020, BT Group’s reported revenue was £22,905m with reported profit before taxation of £2,353m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on the London stock exchange.

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