Offaly students urged to take part in the BT Young Scientists Exhibition

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Offaly students urged to take part in the BT Young Scientists Exhibition

Offaly students urged to take part in the BT Young Scientists Exhibition

Offaly students are being warned of the deadline to enter the 2018 Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

Top illusionist David Meade has joined BT Ireland in urging students from across the country to submit an entry for the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), ahead of the fast approaching deadline of September 25, 2017.

The exhibition, now in its 54th year, is one of the largest and longest running STEM events in the world. The theme for BTYSTE 2018 is ‘It Starts Here,’ highlighting and celebrating the role the Exhibition can play in captivating a love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and help nurture Ireland’s leaders of tomorrow.

Signifying the beginning of opportunities for young people at the exhibition, they can express their interest in STEM and demonstrate their creativity by turning their ideas into reality outside of a classroom setting.

David Meade, a BTYSTE ambassador, said: “The exhibition can be the starting point of a bright and brilliant future for many and it allows young people to really develop their imaginations and interest in STEM subjects, which is extremely important. I would strongly urge both students and teachers alike to get involved, and to work together to submit an entry before the deadline of September 25.”

BT Ireland has also reinforced its commitment to support schools from across Ireland to enter this year’s exhibition with a free travel and accommodation grant. All schools on application can qualify for the grant, which means that schools that are located over 70km from the RDS, where the exhibition is held, are eligible to apply for a grant of €150 per individual entry or €300 for a group entry, up to a maximum of €1,500 per school. In 2017, BT provided more than €75,000 in grant funding to 133 schools across Ireland, bringing the total financial support since 2006 to almost €725,000.

The BT grant offers more incentives for the competition and allows an ever-increasing number of young people from both rural and urban areas to participate in, and benefit from the exhibition. The accommodation grant serves to support the regionalisation of talent and STEM investment across the country.

Mr. Shay Walsh, MD BT Ireland said, “BT Ireland are proud to once again be organising the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and are fully committed to helping students from across Ireland prepare for the exhibition deadline. Research carried out by BT Ireland, in preparation of the 2018 official launch in Limerick this week, indicated a trend that most students want to stay living and working locally. Therefore, it is vital that we foster an interest in STEM right across the country to ensure our cities and towns have the talent required and can attract the right jobs to their locality.”

“This year BT Ireland is not only providing accommodation grants and access to vast online resources but have also provided schools with various opportunities to get ‘Top Tips’ in exclusive videos and online interactions with both Dr. Tony Scott, Co-Founder BTYSTE, and Shane Curran,2017 Young Scientist."

Head of BTYSTE, Mari Cahalane, said, “The BTYSTE plays a key role in nurturing the wide pool of talent across Ireland and we would encourage all teachers and students to consider entering projects. Over the years, we’ve seen a wide variety of different and unusual projects being submitted so no matter what you are interested in, it is worth exploring further and seeing if your idea fits the entry criteria."

“Getting involved in the BTYSTE is simple; students have the choice to either enter as an individual or in a group and entries can be made in any one of four categories. The categories include: technology, social and behavioural science, biological and ecological science, or chemical, physical and mathematical. Students are asked to upload a one-page proposal outlining their idea to www.btyoungscientist.com”

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place from January 10-13, 2018 at the RDS in Dublin. The exhibition offers one of the most coveted awards for participants, with a substantial prize fund and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy, as well as over 140 prizes for individuals, groups, and teachers. In addition, the overall winner will represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in 2018 which is taking place in Dublin.

For more information on the exhibition and for details on how to enter, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com or follow BTYSTE on Facebook and Twitter.

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