The closing date for entries to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is fast approaching. Education Minister Caitríona Ruane and Graham Sutherland CEO BT, joined Bangor Grammar year 9 pupil Matthew Bryson to remind students to get their BT Young Scientist & Technology entries submitted by Monday 4th of October 2010.
This is the first year of entry for Bangor Grammar to the world leading exhibition which aims to foster interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects amongst students at an early age and is now the number one calendar event for budding scientists from across Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland students were among the top winners at the 2010 event, and it is hoped that schools here will have an ever greater presence and success at the 2011 event.
For the 6th year running, BT, organiser and sponsor of the event, is implementing an accommodation and travel grants scheme to encourage Northern Ireland schools to take up the opportunity to enter the competition. Schools can apply for a grant of £90 per individual entry or £180 for a group entry, up to a maximum of £900 per school.
The focus of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2011, now in its 47th year, is innovation and sustainability – supporting sustainable jobs through the promotion of STEM subjects. 2010 saw a record number of Northern Ireland schools entering the competition, with a 66% increase in the number of entries received.
BT hopes to continue this growth in 2011 by urging students to get working on their projects and final submissions. The event is open to all students aged between 12-19 years across the island of Ireland.
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.ie or call 0800 917 1297.