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General

Will BTYSTE be proceeding as normal this year?

The 2021 exhibition will proceed but there will be no public facing exhibition this year due to the uncertainties around Covid-19 pandemic.  The event will take place from Wednesday 06 to Friday 08 January, 2021. We have never at any stage felt that cancelling this 57 year institution would be the right thing to do and will work to ensure the exhibition will proceed in January in a fitting way.

Will the BTYSTE be held in the RDS?

No, for 2021 there will be no public facing exhibition.  We have made this decision in relation to the uncertainties around Covid-19 pandemic.

When is BTYSTE 2021 taking place?

BTYSTE 2021 will take place virtually from Wednesday the 6th of January to Friday the 8th of January 2021.

What format will BTYSTE 2021 take?

The event will be completely virtual this year.  The entry process will remain the same with eligible students entering on-line in September but there will be no physical exhibition due to Covid-19.

Will the application deadline be extended due to Covid-19?

At the moment the application deadlines remains the 22nd of September, but this will be constantly reviewed in line with the advice and decisions made by Department of Education and Skills, HSE and  Department of Health,  the Health and Safety of those involved in the exhibition is paramount.  If this date changes we will notify people of the relevant changes via our social media channels.

UPDATE: as of 09/09/2020 We have decided to extend the deadline to MIDDAY ON THE 1ST of OCTOBER

Will the public be able to attend the BTYSTE 2021?

Yes they will, but for the first time ever they can do this virtually as we will not be having a public exhibition due to Covid-19.  We are currently developing a full programme of activity that the general public can access on-line.  More information on this programme will be launched later in the year.

Will Covid-19 affect the number of projects that qualify for the BTYSTE?

The number of projects that qualify will be a max of 550.

Will you have more entries next year to make up for reduced numbers this year?

There is no change in numbers this year, the number of projects that qualify will be a max of 550, this is the number that would have competed at a physical exhibition.

How will be BTYSTE be run virtually?

We are looking at all the plans around a virtual BTYSTE 2021 at the moment and will let people know as soon as possible how we will deliver. The entry system will remain the same and is open to students at www.btyoungscientist.com.

Student/Teacher Questions

To note there will be no entry fee associated with entering a project into BTYSTE2021 – this fee is normally €20 per student

Will BTYSTE be judged virtually this year if the event doesn’t go ahead in the RDS?

Yes, all judging from screening of projects to shortlist qualified projects, to the final judging of those shortlisted will take place remotely for 2021.

To note there will be no entry fee associated with entering a project into BTYSTE2021 – this fee is normally €20 per student

How will projects be judged?

Stage one (to September 22nd) – Please enter via www.btyoungscientist.com.  Screening of all entries will take place as soon after closing date (22nd September) as possible.

Stage two (October tbc) – For those that that qualify you will be sent notification of the process for on-line judging and how to upload more information required by the judges.

Stage three (January) – Judging of top 550 projects will take place virtually and the process around this will be released in December at the latest.  There will be changes to some of the T&C’s associated with the exhibition and we will inform those that these changes effect in good time.

How will students display their projects?

All projects will be displayed virtually as we will not have a physical exhibition this year.  We will be able to let those that qualify in good time of how this will happen.  There will be changes to some of the T&C’s associated with the exhibition and we will inform those that these changes effect in good time.

How will the judging work online?

We are working through the mechanism of this over the next few months and will inform those that qualify in good time of how this will happen.  We are reviewing what technology and platforms we can use to do this in the fairest and most secure way.

What technology partners will be involved in running this?

We are reviewing what technology and platforms we can use to do this.  We are working through the mechanism of this over the next few months and will inform those that qualify in good time of how this will happen.

How does GDPR affect the exhibition moving online? Most students involved are under the age of 18?

We have existing GDPR guidelines and place which will reviewed and enhanced, if necessary, over the coming months. There will be changes to some of the T&C’s associated with the exhibition and we will inform those that these changes effect in good time.

Will BTYSTE be livestreamed for students who can’t attend due to social distancing measures?

Yes, we will work on how best to do this in advance of the 2021 exhibition dates.

How will the format/ running order differ as the exhibition moves online?

We are working on how best to do this in advance of the 2021 exhibition dates.  How this looks and feels will be announced in due course, we want to make sure that we have the best exhibition possible and we need to take time and resource to plan this properly.

What online child protection provisions will be in place for BTYSTE 2021?

We will be reviewing all child protection measures that we currently have in place for BTYSTE and will enhance those if necessary.

Will we be able to access virtual events/talks through the BTYSTE app on mobile/tablet?

We are working on how best to do this in advance of the 2021 exhibition dates. How this looks and feels will be announced in due course, we want to make sure that we have the best exhibition possible and we need to take time and resource to plan this properly.

What is the technology being used for the BTYSTE 2021?

We are currently reviewing the technology stack for BTYSTE and will take guidance from our partners, the Department of Education and Skills in relation to what is the best practice for schools in this regard.

When is the deadline for the BTYSTE 2021?

The deadline for student & Teacher entries is the 1st of October, we will be constantly reviewing this in line with decisions made by the Department of Education and Skills, in relation to schools openings and timetables for the 2020/21 school year.

What kind of project can I enter?

Students can enter a project as normal, in the four categories we have for the exhibition.  All the details are on our website www.btyoungscientist.com. The entry system will remain the same and is open to students at www.btyoungscientist.com.

How will I display by project online this year?

We are working through the mechanism of this over the next few months and will inform those that qualify in good time of how this will happen.

Would it be easier to enter as an individual rather than a group?

There should be no difference in whether you enter as an individual or a group.

Will the entry system change this year?

No the entry system remains the same and these can be accessed via our website www.btyoungscientist.com.

If my project is something physical how will I get to show that off to judges?

You will need to have a video of how your project works physically to show the judges, You also should have any prototypes with you when judging is ongoing so you can show the judges virtually how they work.  We are reviewing the technology stack in regards to this part of the process.

How will the judges get to see my project?

We are working through the mechanism of this over the next few months and will inform those that qualify in good time of how this will happen.  The elements will be needed for the project will remain the same a project book, diary and also display which we will be asking students to share virtually.

Will the application deadline be extended due to Covid-19?

The deadline for student’s entries is the 22nd of September, we will be constantly reviewing this in line with decisions made by the Department of Education and Skills, in relation to schools openings and timetables for the 2020/21 school year.

 

As of 09/09/2020 We have decided to extend the deadline to midday on the 1st of October

Will there still be social activities such as the Disco, Quizzes?

We are working through the mechanism of this over the next few months and will inform those that qualify in good time of how some of these activities will be.

If I don’t get to enter this year can I still enter my idea next year?

If you are between 12-19 in second level education, yes you can enter next year.

Will I still present my project?

We are working through the mechanism of this over the next few months and will inform those that qualify in good time of how this will happen.

Will more qualified projects be accepted this year?

No, we will accept a maximum of 550 this year as we want to make sure that all projects are being judged to the same vigorous standards as in the past.

Will patent protection still apply in a virtual/online setting?

Yes and guidance on this for qualified projects will be send out when you are notified that you have qualified.  We hope to once again work with the Patents office so students can get free advice on patenting their projects.

Visitor questions

Will be school/ parents/ teachers still be able to attend and visit?

As we are not having a physical event then they will be unable to attend, they can of course attend virtually.

Will the public be able to attend the BTYSTE 2021?

As we are not having a physical event they will be unable to attend, they can of course attend virtually.

Will there be a ticketing system for BTYSTE 2021?

This will be reviewed over the course of the coming months and we make the necessary announcements in relation to this in the Autumn.

Will visitors be able see the qualified projects?

Yes, how this will work will be reviewed over the course of the coming months and we make the necessary announcements in relation to this in the Autumn.

Will there be more tickets available for BTYSTE 2021 as it will take place online?

How this will work will be reviewed over the course of the coming months and we make the necessary announcements in relation to this in the Autumn.

How much are tickets for BTYSTE 2021?

This is currently being reviewed and announcements will be made in due course.

Will the BTYSTE still offer discounts on group visitors to BTYSTE 2021?

This will be rewiwed and announcements will be made in due course.

What happens if I miss a live event at the BTYSTE 2021?

We will be reviewing all events, live etc over the course of the next little while.  While we envisage having a play back option, we will not be able to guarantee this as normal.

The Primary Science Fair

When is the application deadline for Primary Science Fair 2021?

The deadline for Primary Science Fair will be in November 2020 – the final date will be announced in September.

How many qualified projects will be accepted this year?

We will be looking at approx. 100 projects to enter this year and these should come from full class groups in an individual school.  If the school has a small community then one or more classes can do a project together as long as there are no more than 30 students involved.  Students should be from 3rd-6th class.

How will judging for Primary Science Fair take place for 2021?

PSF judging will take place virtually, with the judges for PSF interviewing the class remotely.  This can happen in a classroom setting and we will need to confirm what platforms we will use to do this.  The class will be asked to present a poster outlining details of their project and this will need to be submitted in advance and final details of this will be sent to  schools when we formally launch PSF @BTYSTE2021..

Will participating classes be able to present their project together virtually?

No, individual classes will need to present their projects.

Will the max number of students per project change for PSF 2021?

As we do each year, there will be a max of 30 students per project.

How will a participating class present their project for PSF 2021?

This will be done via a suitable digital platform, which is available to the school and also to the PSF judges.

What dates will the Primary Science Fair take place in 2021?

BTYSTE 2021 will take place virtually from Wednesday the 6th of January to Friday the 9th of January 2021.