The Primary Science Fair @BTYSTE

Information for exhibiting schools

Tips on project entry

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. Find out more about our project guidelines here


How many students should partake in the project?

A maximum 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.


Can multiple classes from my school partake in the fair?

For smaller schools multi grade classes can put a project forward and they should be a combination of 3rd to 6th class only.  A maximum number of pupils is 30 per project and where possible should be made up of a full class group. We may accept more than one project per school dependent on availability of spaces.


Project screening process

All project entries 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 changes to those projects that are joining us in January.


When will my class exhibit?

To ensure that The Primary Science Fair can provide opportunity for as many primary school pupils as possible your class project will only exhibit for one of the exhibition days. Please select the day(s) that would suit your school best when submitting your application.


Exhibition Times & The Primary Science Show

The Primary Science Fair will open from 9:45 am to 3 pm on the 9th, 10th & 11th of January 2020. For all competing schools only, a special Primary Science Show will take place from 8.45am to 9.30am on all days of The Primary Science Fair exhibition, the venue for this will be sent to you in advance of attending the event. The Primary Science Fair will take place in an area alongside the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. It is the teacher’s responsibility to arrange what activities their class will attend, whilst ensuring that their stand is still staffed throughout the day. It is recommended that teachers create a class rota. Please see our example class rota for more information. For more information on our daily shows please see the BT Young Scientist & Technology programme for the full timetable of events and activities.


Access to The Primary Science Fair & the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

All Primary Science Fair exhibitors and teachers will have access to The Primary Science Show & BT Young Scientist Exhibition on their exhibiting day. Each exhibiting pupil will be given a wristband for entry to The Primary Science Fair, which is valid for the BTYSTE also. The lead teacher and accompanying teachers will each be given a lanyard, again this is valid for both The Primary Science Fair and BTYSTE. Remember: we operate a strict 6:1 pupil to adult ratio, this must include all adults including SNA’s.


Stand setup and exhibition guidelines

All project stands must be set up by 9:30 am on the morning of their exhibition and remain on the stand until 3 pm that same day. Projects must be removed from the stand at the end of their exhibition day. Projects must create a poster explaining their investigation for their exhibition stand, these stands are 1,958 x 880mm which is 24 landscape A4 sheets.


Wi-Fi

Wifi will be available to all project stands free of charge and provided by BT.


Staffing your stand

Project stands must be staffed at all times throughout the exhibition. All project stands must be set up by 9:30 am on the morning of their exhibition and remain on the stand until 3 pm that same day. Projects must be removed from the stand at the end of their exhibition day. A maximum of 8 students should be at their stand at The Primary Science Fair at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2020 at any one time. Please note: for free admission to participating students and accompanying adults, we operate a strict 6:1 pupil to adult ratio, this must include all adults including SNA’s. For projects with small class sizes, please note that your stand must still be staffed at all times throughout the exhibition. You are responsible for ensuring that there are enough students staffing the stand at all times.


Lunch time at The Primary Science Fair

There will be a number food stands at the exhibition, however, we recommend that your class brings a packed lunch in a small bag (no backpacks/ school bags). It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that each of their pupils has had a lunch break.


Judging

The Primary Science Fair 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 2020. All projects will be interviewed by some of the wonderful BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Alumni and past winners and also some guest judges.


My class can no longer attend, what do I do?

If your class is unable to attend on your given date, please let our team know by emailing primarysciencefair@bt.com or calling 1800 924 362. Failure to notify the Primary Science Fair team of a withdrawal by the 30th of December may result in the school being disqualified in future years.


Project places

There is a maximum of 90 places available – 30 per day


Directions & Parking

For the comfort of safety of those pupils who are taking part in The Primary Science Fair – special arrangements have been made for their arrival on site.  It is important that you read the information and give the details to the coach driver on the day that you are attending in the RDS. Route: From Merrion Road turn onto Anglesea Road and travel to the Anglesea Gate, of the RDS. Gate D – Anglesea Road Arrival Times 08:00- 9:00am Coaches/buses will be allowed to pull into the Anglesea Gate (D) of the RDS and they will be allowed to park for 5minutes to allow the teachers and students to disembark the coach. COACHES ARE NOT PERMITTED to stay longer than 5 minutes or park in this location. Once the bus/coach is empty it will be directed to depart via Gate L onto the Simmonscourt Road. Return Pick Location from 15-00- 16:00 Please arrive back to the Anglesea Gate (D) of the RDS where you will be permitted entry to the pick up area once it is confirmed that your school group are ready to depart. Once you gain entry to the RDS at Gate D you will be permitted 10minutes to load passengers back on board and then depart via Gate L onto the Simmonscourt Road. Please take note of the following:

  • Please follow the instructions of the Garda and Transport personnel on the day.
  • Please ensure that the bus driver understands the location that you are to be dropped off and does not drop you off in any other location around the RDS, as you may have a long walk with your students to the meeting point.
  • Please ensure that the driver only returns to pick you school up at the time you are ready to depart, it will not be possible for the bus to be parked for longer than 10minutes at the pick up location.
  • There is no coach/bus parking permitted on Anglesea Road or Simmonscourt Road. Clamping enforcement will be in operation for these vehicles around the RDS.
  • There is some limited Coach Parking Spaces available, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis in the Simmonscourt Area of the RDS, with entry through gate M (Embassy Gate).
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