Imagine Your Discovery – NI release

Top illusionist joins BT in call for entries to the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Top illusionist and television mentalist David Meade today wowed the crowds in Belfast city centre with a gravity-defying stunt to launch the 2016 BT Young Scientist & TechnologyExhibition. Proving that the impossible is actually possible, David attracted gasps from startled onlookers as he sat suspended in thin air – a feat that must be seen in person to be believed. The display was created by BT to mark the official launch of the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and today the company called on second level students across the island of Ireland to get involved. To enter, the individual or group must submit a one-page proposal outlining their project idea before the closing date of 29th September, 2015. Entries can be made in any one of four categories: technology, social and behavioural science, biological and ecological science or chemical, physical and mathematical science. Commenting on the launch, David Meade said: “I am very excited to be involved in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. As a former teacher myself, I understand the importance of encouraging young people to take what they’re learning in the classroom and use their imagination to turn it into a fantastic idea. “It is so important that young people create their own journey and future path to success and this world class competition is a great way of helping them to really imagine the possibilities that could lie ahead – as I’ve demonstrated today, nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it!”. Colm...

Imagine Your Discovery

Reigning BT Young Scientist champions Ian O’Sullivan and Eimear Murphy today revealed the  mystery that has surrounded activity at Dublin’s Silicon Docks this week by announcing the launch of the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE). On Monday night, an anonymous glass cube appeared floating on Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, igniting much curiosity and discussion on social media as onlookers tried to find out the purpose of the cube and its contents.  From a pink elephant to an extra-terrestrial family, the objects inside the cube compelled people to use their imaginations to understand what they might symbolise. The display was created by BT to mark the launch of the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and today the company called on secondary school students across the island of Ireland to get involved. To enter, the individual or group must submit a one-page proposal outlining their project idea before the closing date of 29th September, 2015. Entries can be made in any one of four categories: technology, social and behavioural science, biological and ecological science or Chemical, physical and mathematical science. Eimear Murphy and Ian O’ Sullivan from Coláiste Treasa in Cork were crowned overall winners in January 2015, with their project entitled ‘Alcohol consumption: Does the apple fall far from the tree?’ The project explored the potential influence that parents have on their adolescent children’s alcohol consumption through their own drinking and their attitudes towards drinking. Commenting at today’s launch Ian said, “Winning the competition has been life-changing, but more than that – it really is the taking part. We met students from across the country...

The first ever Northern Ireland BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp begins at Queen’s University Belfast

BT today began the first Northern Ireland BT Young Scientist business bootcamp in association with Queen’s University Belfast. A three day mentoring and skills camp, the business bootcamp is designed to provide students with practical skills and knowledge to help them turn a project idea into a viable  business opportunity. Twenty six students from across Northern Ireland were selected to participate in the business bootcamp this week, all of whom participated in the 2015 BT   Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January. Over the three days the students will be guided by BT Business mentors who will offer them practical training in intensive commercialisation, marketing, team-building and how to prepare a business pitch. Commenting on the launch of the first local BT Young Scientist business bootcamp, Peter Russell, General Manager of BT Business in Northern Ireland, said: “The BT Young Scientist business bootcamp has been hugely successful in both Dublin and in Abu Dhabi and we are delighted to now bring it to Belfast for the first time. The programme is a crucial step forward in equipping our young entrepreneurial students with practical knowledge and skills to prepare them for the business world. He added, “As well as organising and sponsoring the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for the past 15 years, BT is also a major investor in Northern Ireland and a renowned global leader in innovation. So we understand first-hand the importance of developing and nurturing the talent and skills of young people as they are who will ultimately drive the growth of our local economy. I wish all the students the very best of luck this week”. Minister for Education...

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Breaks All Time Record for Entries

Record breaking 14% increase in number of entries The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has broken all records with 1,616 projects entered into the 2009 exhibition. With a significant 14% increase in the overall number of projects across the island, it is a testament to BT’s commitment to attract more and more students into the world of science and technology. The BT Young Scientist Exhibition aims to build ingenuity, creativity and excitement amongst students and to help them to understand the importance and relevance of the sciences in their everyday lives, while fostering the very skills that are essential for building a knowledge economy and the future prosperity of the island. 3,712 students are represented in the 1,616 projects in 32 counties across the island which includes a 25% increase in the number of projects from Northern Ireland. This is a clear indication of how the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has grown from strength the strength throughout its 45 year history to become one of the largest events of its kind in the world. Year on year there has been a steady surge in the number of entries; from 669 entries in 2001 to an overwhelming 1,616 this year marking an overall increase of 240%. 500 of the projects submitted will qualify to compete in the finals in the RDS, Dublin next January. The overall winner(s) will be crowned BT Young Scientist of the Year and will receive a Waterford Crystal trophy together with a cheque for EUR5,000. The winner will also get the opportunity to represent Ireland in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists...

BT Young Scientist wins in Europe

BT Young Scientist of the year Emer Jones, has scooped second place for her project on “Research and Development of Emergency Sandbag Shelters” at the European Young Scientist competition in Copenhagen in September.  Emer, who was the youngest ever winner in the history of the BT Young Scientist last January, won €5000 in Copenhagen. Commenting on the win, Chris Clark from BT said: “We’re delighted to hear the result from Copenhagen and wish Emer every success in her future research. Emer is a fantastic ambassador for the future of science and technology in Ireland and we hope her success hopefully inspire other young people to enter the 2009 BT Young Scientist & Technology...
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