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Deadline for entries is fast approaching for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017

133 schools across Ireland supported by BT in 2016

Time is running out to enter this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) before the deadline on Wednesday, 28th September 2016. Taking part couldn’t be simpler – students can submit a one-page proposal outlining their idea via www.btyoungscientist.com. For secondary school students who have ever thought “What if?”, BTYSTE offers an opportunity to dream big and give it a shot.

This year, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has been named an official Gaisce Challenge Partner which means that students can now dedicate their BTYSTE project work towards achieving a Bronze medal as part of Gaisce – The President’s Award. BTYSTE planning, preparation and participation will all count towards the Personal Skill qualification, one of the four challenge areas undertaken as part of the Gaisce programme.

Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, said:

BTYSTE isn’t just a school science fair. It is a unique event that provides an opportunity for students to dream and to push their imaginations as far as they can. Each year we see young people take the first step towards becoming entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists, starting out with a simple idea that can blossom into a formal research concept or even a profitable business. Our new partnership with Gaisce – The President’s Award provides yet another reason for young people to explore an idea or an innovation, and enter a proposal for 2017.”

To find out more about dedicating BTYSTE project work towards a Gaisce Bronze medal, visit www.gaisce.ie/btyste. To qualify, participants must be aged 15-19 years old, and will need to commit at least one hour per week over a period of 13 weeks.

The annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, one of the world’s largest and longest-running school STEM showcases, is a national platform for outstanding young minds to develop and present their ideas and inventions to senior academics and professionals. It is a stepping stone that promotes entrepreneurship and innovation in young people and nurtures essential skills in the workforce of tomorrow.

Organised by BT, one of Ireland’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, BTYSTE will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 11-14, 2017. Participants will have the chance to represent their local community, and compete to win more than 140 student, teacher and school awards, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year.

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

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