50th Young Scientist exhibition sees record number of entries

By: October 21, 2013
•	Cliona Farrell; Nell Garvey; Colm O’Neill, CEO BT; and Niamh Gordon, Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan • Cliona Farrell; Nell Garvey; Colm O’Neill, CEO BT; and Niamh Gordon, Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan

There have been a record number of entries to this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

The 50th competition, taking place in January 2014, is set to be the biggest ever with 2,000 ideas submitted by 4,418 students from across 32 counties. 50 per cent of secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland have entered a project.

The 2014 entry numbers at a glance:
• 2,000 entries received, spanning 32 counties
• 4,418 students
• 379 schools represented
• Number of entries per category:
o Biological & Ecological Sciences: 574
o Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences: 350
o Social & Behavioural Sciences: 701
o Technology: 375

BT, which has organised the exhibition for 14 years, has evolved the exhibition resulting in a tripling of project entries; a new commercialisation boot camp; a financial bursary to assist participating schools; and an array of science and technology exhibits, events and special acts to attract visitors.

The 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 8th – 11th 2014. There are over 120 awards including the overall BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year. In addition, BT offers over 30 participating students the opportunity to take part in the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp, an intensive commercialisation skills programme.