SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COLLIDE AS THE BTYSTE GOES VIRTUAL FOR 2021

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COLLIDE AS THE BT YOUNG SCIENTIST & TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION GOES VIRTUAL FOR 2021 The 57th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will go ahead as BT confirms a fully virtual science exhibition   Students encouraged to enter TODAY and all project entry fees to be waived 02 July 2020: BT has today announced that, in light of continued health and safety concerns around Covid19, the company will be transforming the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) into a spectacular virtual showcase for January 2021. Europe’s longest running science Exhibition will go ahead from Wednesday 6th to Friday 8th January 2021. But, in what is set to be an exciting new departure, students will now be exhibiting virtually, with judging taking place across digital platforms. Members of the public, both in Ireland and across the globe, will be able to visit the Exhibition online and enjoy a full calendar of events including special acts, the Primary Science Fair, business events and the exhibits themselves. As always, there will be over 200 prizes to be won, including the coveted title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year, which comes with a €7,500 prize fund, plus a chance to represent Ireland at the EU Contest for Young Scientists in Salamanca, Spain in September 2021. The online entry process remains the same as previous years, with the added bonus that it will be free to all as project entry fees have been waived. Entries can now be submitted online at www.btyoungscientist.com and students are encouraged to get thinking about their projects ahead of the closing date of...

Reusable braille translator wins big at BTYS Business Bootcamp

REUSABLE BRAILLE TRANSLATOR WINS BIG AT THE 11TH BT YOUNG SCIENTIST BUSINESS BOOTCAMP Thursday, 5th March 2020: Twenty-nine enterprising school students gathered at NovaUCD this week for the 11th annual BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp. Five students from Dublin, Westmeath, Sligo and Kildare were announced as the Best Group winners for their project titled “The Reusable Braille Translator”.  Alison Egan from Castleknock Community College in Dublin, Cian Flaherty from Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar in Co. Westmeath, Maura Madden from Ursuline College in Sligo, Rhys Mordaunt from the Institute of Education in Dublin and Ruairi Mullally from Patrician Secondary school in Newbridge Co. Kildare joined together to create a reusable device which enhances visually impaired peoples reading and web surfing experience by converting text into braille form.  Ben Loughnane, a third-year student from Kinsale Community School Co. Cork was announced as the individual winner for his project ‘Electric Paint- how much graphite is needed to heat your home?’. The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp was established in 2010 by BT and is delivered in partnership with the innovation team of UCD Research and Innovation to give students the commercialisation skills they need to develop their BT Young Scientist & Technology project ideas. The culmination of the four-day programme saw the students pitching their companies to an expert panel of judges. Congratulating all participants, Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland said, “Massive congratulations to all the students who took part in the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp this year and specifically Alison, Cian, Maura, Rhys, Ruairi and Ben on their winning projects. The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp has been an integral part of the BT Young Scientist & Technology...

Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan announced as winners of 56th BTYSTE

Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan announced as winners of the 56th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Friday, 10th January: The winners of the 56th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) have been announced. Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan, both aged 16, fourth year students from Coláiste Choilm, Cork, have taken home the top prize for a project entitled “A statistical investigation into the prevalence of gender stereotyping in 5-7 year olds and the development of an initiative to combat gender bias”. The coveted prize was presented to the winners this evening in the BT Arena by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Managing Director of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh. Cormac and Alan presented their project in the Intermediate section in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category. Head Judge of the Social and Behavioural Sciences Group category, Professor Joe Barry said about Cormac and Alan’s project, ‘Despite awareness of the lower percentage of females relative to males pursuing study and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), we still do not understand exactly why this is the case. The aim of Cormac and Alan’s project was to determine how early gender stereotyping can be identified. They conducted workshops with 376 5-7 year olds from a range of school settings with a number of different tasks including: choosing between gender-specific and gender-neutral toys; drawing and naming an engineer, and; rating male and female competency at a number of gender-specific roles. One of the most striking findings emerging from the research was that 96% of boys drew a male engineer while just over 50% of girls...

The 56th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Round Up – Day 2

Round Up – Day 2 @BTYSTE:  With judging well underway, Day Two of the 56th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2020 was filled with a flurry of excitement and enthusiasm. There are some stunning projects on display, carefully put together by our students who are all chasing the coveted title of BT Young Scientist and Technologist 2020. Judges have no mean feat picking a winner when the calibre of projects is as impressive as these! Bonnie Greer, OBE, the UK-based novelist and playwright who won widespread acclaim for her positive comments about Ireland on a BBC Question Time debate on Brexit, headlined an ‘Enterprising Minds’ Leaders’ Lunch in partnership with Future Human this afternoon at 1:00pm. Also speaking was Shane Curran, CEO of Evervault and former BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition winner 2017. This afternoon, the inaugural Irish, British and American Junior Chamber of Commerce was officially launched at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The Chamber, which was founded by sisters and BT Young Scientists & Technologists 2015, Kate and Annie Madden, will serve people under the age of 23 in promoting and doing international business. Wishing the Irish, British and American Junior Chamber of Commerce the best of luck for the future, honorary founding patron for 2020 and MD of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh said, “our alumni are the changemakers of tomorrow”. From 4:00pm today, the RTE Climate Youth Generation Persuasion Forum will take place at the Exhibition in the Concert Hall. This event is open to the public, so why not call in to hear from some of these amazing young people themselves as they discuss the climate...

The 56th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition formally opens

Round Up – Day 1 @BTYSTE:  The 56th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition sprang to life today as 1,100 students from 244 schools across the island descended on the RDS to set up their projects and begin to prepare for the days ahead. In a rousing speech to a packed house of young scientists, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar opened the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019. Speaking to the students, he expressed his admiration at the calibre and creativity of this year’s projects. The topical nature of students’ projects “suggests that change is coming”, he said, encouraging students “to keep innovating, to keep creating and to keep using your imagination to create a better world.” BT Ireland MD, Shay Walsh congratulated all students on their participation in BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, in what is now the longest-running science fair of its kind, in not just Ireland but the world. This is the 20th consecutive year for the technology giant, BT, to organise and sponsor the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and BT Ireland confirmed today that it would be extending its agreement to sponsor this historic event until 2023. Speaking today, Walsh said “BT Ireland is celebrating 20 years of partnership with Young Scientist this year and are delighted to extend our commitment to future exhibitions. As organiser and sponsor, we have the honour of working with so many organisations and individuals dedicated to giving a platform to all young people to share their ideas on how to create a better world. This iconic exhibition has proven that the power of science and technology combined with...
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