Meath students encouraged to get young scientists thinking

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As the project deadline for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2023 fast approaches, students across Meath are encouraged to brainstorm and turn their creative ideas into project proposals by 26 September.

The event, which has spotlighted STEM research and innovation for nearly 60 years, returns as an in-person event for the first time in three years. The 2021 and 2022 exhibitions took place virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Students can fit into one of four categories, whether their interests lie in technology; social and behavioral sciences; biological and ecological sciences; or chemical, physical and mathematical sciences.

An individual or group must submit a simple one-page proposal describing their brilliant idea. It’s that simple!

For more than half a century, BTYSTE has provided incredible opportunities for young people who participate, and many of them go on to successful careers in STEM. BTYSTE alumni have become global trailblazers, showing the exhibition as an effective launching pad for this island’s brightest young minds. Past participants have gone on to become successful scientists, academics, researchers and high-tech entrepreneurs, making a positive impact in their own way around the world.

The winners of the 2022 exhibition, Aditya Joshi and Aditya Kumar of Synge Street CBS, Dublin, said: “We found the whole experience of the BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition really fun and exciting, and we think every student should participate in a project in a scientific field that they find intriguing.

“Coming into the BTYSTE, we never could have imagined that we were going to win. The whole experience was brilliant, from developing our project idea, to finding a way to solve a centuries-old math equation, to attending Expo Week and presenting our project to judges.

They added, “The BTYSTE has opened so many doors for us that we could never have imagined. Following our victory at BTYSTE, we are preparing to represent Ireland at the European Union Competition for Young Scientists in Leiden in September. We can’t wait to see what else the future holds.

In January, thousands of visitors will pass through the doors of the RDS where the brightest minds from across the island of Ireland will present their brilliant projects. Spectacular STEM acts will also provide entertainment and interactive installations will allow you to immerse yourself in the world of STEM.

Participating students will be vying to win over 200 prizes in all four categories and age groups. The winner(s) will take home the top prize of €7,500 and go on to represent Ireland in the prestigious European Union competition for young scientists, where Ireland has a long history of winning the top prize, with 16 wins. the last 32 years.

Speaking ahead of the September BTYSTE 2023 deadline, BT Ireland Managing Director Shay Walsh said: “We are delighted to see the return of BTYSTE 2023 to an in-person exhibition next January and to see the energy and the buzz in the exhibition room before our eyes.

“The BTYSTE allows all students to explore the thrill of STEM subjects, and I encourage all students to submit their applications as soon as possible, to ensure they don’t miss the excitement of the exhibition. in person from 2023.’

Entries must be from second-tier students between the ages of 12 and 19.

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