The Primary Science Fair @BTYSTE
The Primary Science Fair will take place in person alongside the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2024, from 11th – 13th January 2024 at the RDS Dublin with the successful applicants exhibiting their project to the judges and members of the public on one of these three days.
For over 20 years, the Primary Science Fair has been a core component of BTYSTE. It encourages 3rd to 6th class primary school students to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in a non-competitive environment. It also inspires them to become future participants in BTYSTE, one of the world’s leading and longest-running school science exhibitions.
This is not a competition, all schools will receive participation certs to distribute to their students and will also receive a plaque to say that they have been part of The Primary Science Fair at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2024. Max number of pupils is 30 per project and where possible should be made up of a full class group For smaller schools multi grade classes can put a project forward and they should be a combination of 3rd to 6th class only. We may accept more than one project per school dependent on availability of spaces All ideas will go through a quick screening process which will be undertaken by judges from the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition as we may receive more applications than we can accept.
Have a full class discussion about areas of interest in their science learning. Ask them questions about what they want to do and how they want to do it, make sure they have as much fun as possible while learning and learning scientifically. Agree on the focus of your idea so that you can work on your idea. Always remember that the student have to produce a poster for The Primary Science Fair which they can use as a reference about their project and to talk about what steps they have taken in their explorations/investigations. All projects will be interviewed by some of the wonderful BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Alumni and past winners and also some guest judges
Throughout their science investigations children should be aware of and encouraged to adopt safe practices. They should observe safety procedures in designing and making tasks, particularly when they are using tools and materials.
COVID 19 AND PODS
Each project will see each class (or class groups) work as a team. But in line with Government guidelines, we suggest each pod in the class work on a different element of the project. Each Pod will then elect a “Pod leader “who will be the speaker and explain their part of the project to the Judges (max 6 speakers)
Primary science fair specific queries Email : PrimaryScienceFair@btyoungscientist.com with Primary Science Fair or PSF in the subject line.
The deadline for entries to the Primary Science Fair will be in 23rd October 2023.
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.
PSF judging will take place in person, with the judges for PSF interviewing the class. The class will be asked to present a poster outlining details of their project, final details of this will be sent to schools when we formally launch PSF @BTYSTE2024.
No, individual classes will need to present their projects on site at the RDS.
As we do each year, there will be a max of 30 students per project.
This class will present their project in person via posters or displays in their allocated stand area.
The Primary Science Fair will take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th January 2024.
Projects can be entered under the one of the following four categories:
– Living Things – Human life, plant and animal life.
– Materials – properties and characteristics of materials; materials and change,
– Environmental Awareness and Care – environmental awareness; science and the environment; caring for the environment,
– Energy and Forces – light; sound; heat; magnetism and electricity; forces.