The Primary Science Fair @BTYSTE

For the first time in its history, the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) will be an all-virtual event.

The Primary Science Fair has been an exciting part of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for over 20 years. We are delighted that the annual Primary Science Fair will also take place virtually alongside the exhibition but due to school closures will take place in March 2022 allowing those students in primary school with an interest in science and technology to be an integral part of one of the world’s leading and longest-running school science exhibitions

The Rules – not too many!

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 2022. 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. They may also suggest some minor’s changes to those projects that are joining us online in January.


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

Ethics and safety

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.



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)

Contact Us

Primary science fair specific queries Email : with Primary Science Fair or PSF in the subject line.


When is the application deadline for Primary Science Fair 2022?

The deadline for Primary Science Fair will be in November 2021 – 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 2022?

PSF judging will take place virtually, with the judges for PSF interviewing the class remotely.  This can happen in a classroom setting via MS Teams.  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 @BTYSTE2022..

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 2022?

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 2022?

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