Next week BT, the communications solutions and IT provider, celebrates its 10th year as organiser and sponsor of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
Over this time the company has focused its efforts on driving a nationwide campaign to highlight the important benefits of scientific research and technological innovation to Ireland’s competitiveness, prosperity, society, environment and our overall quality of life. The company has also evolved the exhibition in line with the pressing issues the country faces including introducing a new business element that will work to bridge the gap between education and business and show how new discoveries pioneered at the exhibition can be translated in commercial products or services.
At the 2010 exhibition, new presenter Aidan Power of RTE’s The Café and more recently the All-Ireland Talent Show will take to the stage alongside physicist, teacher and former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin as Master of Ceremonies for both the opening and award ceremonies. Aidan follows in the footsteps of the many famous faces that have taken on this role over the events’ 46 year history including renowned Irish broadcasters Pat Kenny, Craig Doyle, Ryan Tubridy and Ray Darcy.
Commenting on his new role as MC, Aidan said, “This exhibition has become a major national event that highlights the phenomenal talents of students nationwide. Science, technology, engineering and maths – these subjects are fun and completely relevant to almost everything we do in our daily lives and BT does an excellent job each year in giving students a platform to showcase their ideas and new discoveries. I’m incredibly excited about taking on this role and really looking forward to next week!”
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2010 received 1,588 projects from a record number of 329 schools with 520 of these projects selected to take part in the final competition next week. Over 80 judges from the world of business and academia will meet, interview and assess each project throughout the week with the eventual winner(s) announced at the Awards Ceremony on Friday night, 15th January.
The event is widely recognised as the largest exhibition of its kind in Ireland and Europe showcasing students’ talents in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. With more and more budding entrepreneurs introducing their ideas at the exhibition over recent years, it is an event at the forefront of fostering our home grown innovations.
The exhibition runs from Tuesday 12th – Saturday, 16th January and is open to the public on Thursday – Saturday inclusive.
For more information log onto www.btyoungscientist.com or call 1800 924 362 or from Northern Ireland 0800 917 1297.