Future is bright for science and technology

The 56th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition to take place from 8-11th January 2020 Survey reveals that nearly two in three of 12- 24 year olds would like to see science and technology tackle major societal and climate issues Minister for Education calls on students to get involved in the 2020 BTYSTE BT Ireland celebrates 20 years as organisers of the longest running science and technology event in Europe Students across Ireland are today being encouraged to get involved in the 2020 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), Ireland’s most inspiring celebration of science and technology. The Exhibition will take place from the 8th – 11th January 2020, and students are being urged to start working on their projects today. To mark its 20th year as both organiser and lead sponsor of the BTYSTE, BT Ireland asked 1,200 people across Ireland, ranging in age from 12 to 55, their perceptions on science and technology to determine the generational views on science and technology today. One of the questions posed was what progress they would like to see in the future through science and technology. Interestingly, the survey revealed that the majority of 12-18 and 19-24 year olds – Generation Z – would like to see science and technology tackle social and climate issues. In contrast, 25 – 39 year olds and 40 – 59 year olds choose more functional advancements, with over one in three saying they would like to see greater use of AI in transport in the next 20-years. The survey also found that young people aged between 12-24 years old are those most interested...

Dublin’s Adam Kelly announced as winner of the 55th BTYSTE

Dublin, Friday, 11th January 2018: The winner of the 55th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has been announced. Adam Kelly, aged 17, a 5th year student from Skerries Community College, in Dublin, has taken home the top prize for his project entitled “Optimizing The Simulation Of General Quantum Circuits“. The coveted prize was presented to the winner this evening in the BT Arena by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Managing Director of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh. Adam presented his project in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences section in the Senior category. Adam’s award includes the prize of €7,500 and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy. In addition, Adam will represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, taking place in Bulgaria in September 2019. Adam’s award includes the prize of €7,500 and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy. In addition, Adam will represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, taking place in Bulgaria in September 2019.  Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, said, “I am thrilled to be here at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The atmosphere of excitement, creativity and fun at the RDS this week has been incredible. I am particularly pleased to see so many young people tackling some of the most important issues facing us, from climate change to health, to technology, ethics and societal change. The students are a credit to their families, schools and teachers and they should rightly be proud of being here. They are a huge inspiration. “I’d like to thank everyone involved in the unique and brilliant event that the BTYSTE is; the organisers;...

Ireland’s future innovators and leaders to showcase talents at 55th BT Young Scientist & Technology

Sophie Kelly, Kan Fitzpatrick and Rachelle Biayi, from Pobalscoil Neasain, pictured with Shay Walsh, managing director, BT Ireland at the official opening of the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Dublin, Tuesday 8th January, 2019: Thousands of students will descend on Dublin’s RDS as the 55th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition kicks off tomorrow. The event brings together some of the country’s brightest young minds, from diverse backgrounds, as they compete to take home the coveted title of the BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year 2019. President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will officially open the Exhibition at a special ceremony tomorrow, Wednesday 9th 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. President Higgins has often paid tribute to the competition, for its ability to provide a platform for young people to showcase their talents, saying it is “at the pinnacle of scientific achievement and discovery amongst young people worldwide”. President Higgins is a great supporter of the BT Young Scientist & Technologist exhibition, praising it for encouraging young people to push the boundaries outwards and applying their creative energy and curiosity to a constant exploration of how the world around them can be improved. Speaking at today’s launch, Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland said; “I am delighted to welcome the next wave of future scientists and entrepreneurs to the RDS this week for the 55th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Over the next few days the students will have...

Tackling the big issues at the 55th BTYSTE

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition tackling the big issues at the 55th Exhibition in January Girls make up 56% of qualified entrants at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019 62% increase in girls qualifying in the Chemical, Physical & Mathematical category Climate Change high on the agenda for students One month to go. Tickets available at btyoungscientist.com With one month to go, finalists of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) are busily preparing their projects for the 55th annual Exhibition. Taking place at the RDS, Dublin from 9-12th January, the brightest minds from across the island will gather under one roof to compete for the coveted title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year 2019. This year, 1,137 students will exhibit 550 projects across four categories: Biological & Ecological Sciences; Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences; Social & Behavioural Sciences; and Technology. The projects for the 55th BTYSTE very much reflect issues of ongoing global concern, with almost 100 qualified projects tackling climate change and environmental issues, doubling last year’s projects. Other projects touch upon topical issues from cervical cancer screening, the alternatives to and benefits of antibiotics; the growing impact of social media; with some even turning their attention to bee-related projects. For the 11th year running there are more girls than boys competing, indicating a positive trend in girls engaging in the critical subjects of science, technology and maths at secondary school level. There is also a 62% increase in the number of girls qualifying for Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences on 2018, traditionally a strong, male dominated category.  Overall, 237...

One Month to Go: Why every student should get involved in the BTYSTE

One Month to Go: Why every student should get involved in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Past winners and teachers outline the many benefits to getting involved Research shows 82% people working in STEM find their work fulfilling and inspiring Over 140 student and teacher awards to be won Tuesday 28th August: With only one month to go before the closing date for entries to the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), students across Ireland are being encouraged to get their thinking caps on and get involved in the 2019 exhibition. Eighteen year old Shane Curran was named BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year in 2017 for his project qCrypt, a quantum secure data storage solution. Since winning the competition, Shane has turned his BTYSTE project idea into a successful data privacy start-up, and is currently in the process of recruiting up to 20 people in Dublin. He also just received in Leaving Certificate results and plans to study Business & Law at UCD. Shane says, “I can’t encourage students enough to submit their applications for the BTYSTE. Entering, and being lucky enough to win the BTYSTE, has opened so many doors for me. Participating in the competition gave me the skills, confidence and connections to develop the ideas from my project into a viable business which is expanding rapidly with plans to hire a large team in Dublin. It all started at the BTYSTE.” “My top tip for students considering entering the Exhibition is to base your project submission on something you have a natural interest in, such as a hobby or past...
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