Thursday 16th July 2009; The winner was today announced as Aidan McGrath from Fingal Community College in Co. Dublin.
On hearing about his win Aiden say “WOAH! Thanks so much! I’m so glad that I regularly check the BT Young scientist Website otherwise I wouldn’t have seen this competition!”
Congratulations to Aiden and a big thanks to everyone who took part in the survey. The key results are detailed below;
Key findings from the survey of 128 teenagers, average age 16:
• The biggest concerns for our respondents were “the economy” and “climate change”, making up almost two-thirds of all responses.
• Only 2 percent of respondents said they couldn’t live without their games consoles.
• However, a massive 73 percent said they couldn’t live without either their phone, computer or broadband.
• The “ergonomic schoolbag – a bag that can improve your posture” was the project that most respondents thought should be made into a commercially available product.
• When it comes to future inventions, a staggering 45 percent would like to see the invention of a transporter which ‘beams’ a person to a target destination in seconds.
• Working in forensic science (as in CSI) was the most popular career choice in science/ technology.
• Albert Einstein is considered inspiring and innovative by 26 percent of respondents, followed closely by Bill Gates at 24 percent
• 84 percent of respondents are using at least one of the following social networking sites – Bebo, Facebook, Twitter, with some using all three!. Bebo is the most popular.
• The funkiest sites on the web are 1. www.youtube.com 2. www.bebo.com 3. www.btyoungscientist.com
• 61 percent of respondents keep in touch with the people they met at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
• The “opportunity to represent your school or community” is the most popular reason to get involved in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2010