The Exhibition is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious science & technology fairs in the world with the winners of the most recent exhibition going on to win first place in their category at the EU Young Scientist contest just last week.
Last year 1,616 entries were submitted from across the island of Ireland, with a massive 25% increase in entries from Northern Ireland and Peter Morris, Director of Consumer and Corporate Services is confident that the addition of the new Northern Ireland Award will increase numbers further:
“Qualifying entrants from here now have an additional opportunity to win at the exhibition with the introduction of the Northern Ireland Special Award. It will be presented to the project that is deemed the best by the judges from all the Northern Ireland entries across all categories and age groups. A BT Young Scientist & Technology award is a huge accolade, a remarkable achievement on any CV, giving an edge to UCAS forms and job applications.”
“The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a lifeline to the future Northern Ireland economy. It is crucial to engage young people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects in the hope that they will take these subjects to third level education and beyond, providing a wealth of knowledge and skills on which to attract investment and allow for growth. We are certain the Northern Ireland Special award will provide an additional incentive for schools to enter, ensuring that we capture the talented science & technology minds of our youth who are vital to our future prosperity.” said Peter Morris.
Mr Graham Russell, Head of Careers at Royal Belfast Academical Institute said: “The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition gives students an excellent platform on which to build a genuine passion for science which they can take to third level education and beyond. As both university places and jobs become tougher and tougher to attain, the experience of taking part and possibly winning at competitions like the BT Young Scientist & Exhibition give students’ applications that extra something to set them apart.”
The closing date for entries to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2010 is drawing close; all entries must be submitted by Monday 5th October 2009. In order to submit an entry all that is required is the completion of an application form and a one page document outlining the aims, objectives, method and predicted conclusions of the experiment. Please see www.btyoungscientist.com for further details.
The competition is open to all students, aged between 12-18 years, across the island of Ireland and offers an exciting alternative to traditional teaching and enables students to apply their knowledge in a fun environment.
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2010 will take place in the RDS, Dublin 4 from 12th – 16th January 2010. For more information on the exhibition and how to enter please visit www.btyoungscientist.com or call 0800 917 1297 (NI)
For further information please contact
Joan Higgins or Paul McCarthy , Aiken PR, 028 9066 3000 or 07501 228815
Priscilla O’Regan, Head of PR, BT, 01 4325162 or 086 6335398
About BT in Northern Ireland:
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services.
BT is headquartered in Belfast and Dublin and employs close to 2,800 people in offices across the island. The company was named Northern Ireland Responsible Company of the Year 2009 by BiTC.
In the year ended 31 March 2009, BT revenue on the island of Ireland was £800.8 million.
For more information visit www.btireland.ie