BT to bring back travel grants for Young Scientists

BTYSTE 2016 Winners Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura
Pictured: BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition winners Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura of Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan

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15 August 2016 | 0

BT Ireland today confirmed the return of financial supports to cover the cost of travel and accomodated for entrants to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).

Schools located more than 70km from the RDS, where the exhibition is held, are now 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 2016, BT provided more than €75,000 to 133 schools across Ireland, bringing the total financial support since 2006 to almost €650,000.

Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, said: “We are keenly aware of the financial pressures facing both schools and parents today. Our goal is to ensure that travel and accommodation expenses don’t stand in the way of budding entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists interested in showcasing their innovations.

“Over the last 50 years, BTYSTE has been a vital platform for Ireland’s most pioneering young people, allowing them to share the brilliance of their ideas, while building essential skills like entrepreneurship, R&D and teamwork, essential for success at third level and beyond.”

The 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from 11-14 January and the closing date for entries is 28 September 2016.

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