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Suffering from ‘back to school’ procrastination?

By September 7, 2015No Comments
  • Students urged to combat procrastination by entering the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition on ‘World Fight Procrastination Day’


Dublin, Sunday, 6th September 2015: In honour of ‘World Fight Procrastination Day’ which takes place today, BT is encouraging students nationwide to tackle their procrastination by submitting an entry to the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), before the deadline date of 29th September, 2015.

According to experts*, students are one of the biggest culprits of procrastination, also referred to as ‘student syndrome’, whereby students feel that they can only fully begin to apply themselves to a task immediately before a deadline. So, with just a little over three weeks left before the closing date for entries to the BTYSTE, the timing is perfect to tackle procrastination in a fun and worthwhile way by getting those creative juices flowing.

Getting involved in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition couldn’t be easier. Students can enter either as an individual or a group, by uploading a one-page proposal outlining their idea to www.btyoungscientist.com. Entries can be made in any one of four categories: technology, social and behavioural science, biological and ecological science, or chemical, physical and mathematical science.

The BTYSTE provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for students whose projects are shortlisted. As well as the possibility of winning and representing Ireland on an international stage it is also an opportunity to expand your creativity outside of the classroom and make new, life-long friends at the exhibition in Dublin. In addition, with over 120 student, teacher and school awards to be won, including cash prizes, there are benefits for everyone involved.

Mari Cahalane, head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition said, “We know that students and teachers have been settling back into school over the past week and getting focused for the year ahead so now is the perfect time to put those creative minds to work and submit an entry the 2016 exhibition. Whatever your passion, be it sport, social media, animals, humans, numbers or outer space, as long an idea fits the criteria we want to see it! Entering is simple once you have the idea so I encourage all students to get thinking now and submit their one page proposal before the 29th September.”

The 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from 6th – 9th January 2016. For more information on the exhibition and for details on how to enter, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com or follow the exhibition on Twitter @BTYSTE or www.facebook.com/btyste



* Smith, D. C. (2010). “The Effects of Student Syndrome, Stress, and Slack on Information Systems Development Projects”


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About the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition – it is the experience of a lifetime for the students and teachers who take part. The original idea for the exhibition came about in 1963 when two Irish physics researchers Rev. Dr. Tom Burke and Dr. Tony Scott, happened upon the concept of ‘Science Fairs’’ while conducting research in New Mexico, America. These local school science exhibitions culminated in State Fairs and ultimately a national competition, which showed the pair that this type of hands-on science was something that Irish students could benefit from, by taking science outside the four walls of the classroom.

In 2000, BT, a leader in technology innovation, took over the organisation of the Young Scientist exhibition and since then the competition has expanded far beyond science. Today, winning projects can range from social and behavioural research, to new inventions, to solutions to major world problems and much more.

In recent years the number of entries has increased dramatically, reaching an all-time high this year when over 2,000 projects were submitted. All entries are screened to select 550 projects to go through to compete in the RDS in Dublin in January. Last year, the event attracted over 590,000 people making it one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, if not the world! The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is supported by a number of valued partners including the Department of Education & Skills, Analog Devices, Perrigo, Intel, and RTE.

Learn more about this fantastic event at www.btyoungscientist.com


About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2014, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,287m with reported profit before taxation of £2,312m.

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