TRANSITION YEAR STUDENT SIMON MEEHAN ANNOUNCED AS WINNER OF THE 54TH BT YOUNG SCIENTIST & TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION

The winner of the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has been announced. Simon Meehan, aged 15, a Transition Year student from Colaiste Choilm in Cork, has taken home the top prize for his project entitled ‘Investigation into the Antimicrobial effects of both aerial and root parts of selected plants against Staphylococcus’ aureus. The coveted prize was presented to the winner this evening in the BT Arena by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Managing Director of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh. Simon Meehan presented his project in the Biological and Ecological section of the Intermediate category. Simon’s award includes the largest prize fund yet of €7,500, the BTYSTE perpetual trophy and an exclusive trip to Bletchley Park in the UK, the famous World War II coding centre. In addition, and uniquely this year, the winner will have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, taking place in the RDS, Dublin in September 2018. This will be only the second time in the 30-year history of the competition that Ireland will host this prominent international event. Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, said, “I’m delighted to be here at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition – it’s fantastic to see so many young people engaged and inspired by the STEM subjects and their application to real world problems. Outside of school activities such as this have a critical role to play in sparking that passion in our children for science and technology and have a massive influence on their engagement with STEM in their future lives. We’ve recently...

Space, Mega Robots, Crazy Science and Your Stomach

Loads for all the family to see and do at the RDS from 10th – 12th January Dublin, Thursday 27th December 2012: Fancy seeing Dr. Who’s Dalek and Star Wars R2D2 go head to head in a battle of the robots?  Or learn about the journey your food takes from mouth to guts? Or how about coming face to face with an 8ft tall Titan the Robot? Interested? Then the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2013 is where you should be this January. Open to the public from Thursday, 10th – Saturday, 12th January you will also find 550 projects competing for the coveted title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year 2013. These projects have been developed by secondary school students from around the country and include some seriously weird and wacky inventions, ideas and creations. In addition to the competition, shows include The World of Robots which brings together the best 100kilo combat robots that are better armed than a Special Forces unit. Dr. Who’s Dalek, Star Wars R2D2, Thor and World Champion Storm II are just some of the robots that will fight it out with spinning discs, razor sharp teeth, brute strength and no mercy, all inside a bullet proof cage. Returning due to popular demand for his third appearance the 8ft tall giant, Titan the Robot will shock audiences as he ‘fires up’ and comes to life. And there is It Takes Guts which brings us on the journey of our food into our mouth, through the acid bath in the stomach, along metres of pulsating guts, and… out the other...
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