– Record-breaking 3,943 students enter total of 1,735 projects
Dublin, Monday 8th November 2010: BT today announced that the 2011 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has received the highest number of entries in the 47 year history of the competition. A record-breaking 3,943 students from across the island of Ireland entered the exhibition with a total of 1,735 projects. The number of technology projects soared by 35 percent, indicating a positive trend for an island that seeks to foster home-grown innovation and attract foreign direct investment with our high skills base.
BT, the organiser and sponsor of the exhibition for 11 years, conducts a grassroots campaign each year to encourage schools in every county to participate. It has created a bursary to financially support schools from outside Dublin with their accommodation and travel costs. The company has also evolved the exhibition to build on the research and development that students do with their projects, and teach them the business skills that they need to turn those ideas into commercial opportunities. This Business of Science & Technology Programme is helping to bridge the gap between education and business, and connects today’s leading business figures with the next generation of leaders.
2011 Entries at a glance:
- 1,735 projects entered from 346 schools from 32 counties
- 3,943 students submitted group or individual projects
- 520 projects will take part in the exhibition
- 56 percent of entrants are female and 44 percent are male
- 1,392 (80%) entries are group entries and 343 (20%) are individual entries
- 321 Technology projects entered compared to 198 Technology entries in 2010
- 280 Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences projects
- 493 Biological & Ecological Science projects
- 641 Social & Behavioural Sciences
Graham Sutherland, CEO, BT Ireland said: “After 47 years, and in the midst of these challenging economic times, it is really refreshing and uplifting to see the exhibition breaking records and attracting ideas from nearly 4,000 students.”
“The exhibition has a pretty straightforward objective – bring science, technology, maths and engineering alive in schools across the island, and help people realise their relevance to everyday life, to career choice, and to the future prosperity of our economy. We need to build a sustainable future, and innovation, skills and export will play key roles”
Tánaiste & Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan, said, “Science, technology, engineering and maths are considered to be engines of growth and innovation in the knowledge economy, and I am very encouraged to see higher numbers of students showing their interest and aptitude in these key subjects. The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which my Department continues to support, gives smart students with smart ideas a platform to shine, and I would urge students to consider these subjects when making college and career choices. I would like to thank BT for its ongoing dedication and commitment to this excellent event. ”
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS in Dublin from 12th January 2011. Students can now interact with the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition through Facebook, Twitter and Bebo, as well as through the website www.btyoungscientist.com or by phone on 1800 924 362 or from Northern Ireland 048 800 917 1297.