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...

Highest job satisfaction rate recorded in STEM industry

900 employees surveyed across different sectors 81% of STEM employees reported high job satisfaction rate Dates for the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition announced as students across Ireland begin work on their projects BT Ireland today launched the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), which will take place from the 9th – 12th January 2019 in Dublin. The leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Exhibition is calling on students to begin brainstorming and thinking of ideas before the application deadline in September. To mark the announcement, BT Ireland commissioned a survey of more than 900 workers across Ireland to identify current sentiment and attitudes towards sectors of employment. Of those surveyed, 81% of STEM employees stated they were either satisfied or highly satisfied in their job, followed closely by employees in Health (78%), Law and the Humanities (76%), Finance (76%), and Education (70%). In addition, 82% of STEM employees consider their work to be “inspiring” and 35% said that they found the work they are doing as “pioneering”. This is in stark contrast to the Finance sector where only 7% of employees found their work to be pioneering, and just under 20% were inspired by their work. This result shows that STEM workers are nearly on a par with the 92% of employees in Health who stated that they felt inspired by their work. However, the research also revealed that the STEM sector experienced a low level of apprenticeship and internship uptake, in comparison to other industries such as Law and the Humanities (10% as compared to 23%). With demand for STEM employees on...

‘Girl in the Galaxy’ one step closer to the Moon

Ireland’s Astronaut in Training Dr. Norah Patten and the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) prepare for Global Moon Analogue Mission This is a pioneering collaboration and will mark the first time BTYSTE inspired projects are externally tested in a simulated space environment Thursday 31 May, 2018: The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) is proud to announce a partnership with Dr. Norah Patten, Ireland’s astronaut in training, as she prepares to take part in her first international moon analogue mission from 14th-29th July. Dr. Patten, who will be representing Ireland on the mission, will be joined by six other crew members from Romania, Australia, Egypt and Canada. The analogue mission, which is the undertaking of activities on Earth in environments which simulate aspects of human missions to the Moon, and other space environments, will take place in a research laboratory in Pila, Poland. As part of her role is to carry out a series of scientific experiments, Dr. Patten has selected a number of recent BTYSTE projects to be considered for the mission. Selected project ideas will then be put to the test in Poland by Dr. Patten to see if the findings differ under a simulated space setting. This is the first time that chosen projects from the BTYSTE Exhibition will be examined in a simulated space environment. Dr Patten said “I am thrilled to be selected as a crew member on this moon analogue mission as it is something I wanted to do for quite some time. My inspiration to bring projects from the BTYSTE came from my partnership with the Exhibition in January 2018. The...

BTYSTE teams up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 More than 40 pupils from Northern Ireland will be taking part in next week’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) in Dublin, which is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors. 15-year-old Harvey Donnelly from Wellington College in Belfast is hoping to impress judges with his project, which uses a computer programme to model electrochemical cell reactions to build better batteries. The 4th year student will present his research alongside 550 other science and technology projects, which are all competing for the coveted title of ‘BT Young Scientist & Technologist’. Harvey says: “I’m really excited about going to Dublin and seeing what all the other students have come up with. It’s the same week as my mock exams and one of these has had to be re-scheduled but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. “I’ve learned so much and my project has already taken me to Queen’s University, where I’ve been talking to researchers in the Department of Chemistry.  I want to develop better batteries and, ultimately, address the biggest challenges facing the world, like climate change and the need for renewable energy.” The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has teamed up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) so that participants, like Harvey, can use their project work to count towards the Skills section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Kate Thompson, DofE Director in Northern Ireland, says: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award.  It’s valued by employers and universities – just like participation in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. “That’s why it made sense for us...
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