Social issues on the minds of BT Young Scientist finalists

BTYSTE 2018
Pictured: Aine Morgan, Alison Egan and Caoimhe Harrington, from Castleknock Community College, Dublin

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2 November 2017 | 0

The finalists of the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) have been announced as the Exhibition gears up for the 54th year.

This week students involved in the 550 finalist projects were notified of their selection.

A total of 2,031 projects were submitted by students across the island of Ireland, with every county represented by a submission.

An unusually high number of the 2018 Exhibition entries investigate burning social issues such as homelessness, transgender rights and mental health. Whilst subjects such as these are not uncommon for the behavioural science category, this year the trend is visible in the more traditional categories such as biological & ecological science and chemical, physical & mathematical science.

Shay Walsh, MD, BT Ireland, said: “BT Ireland is proud to once again be organising the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and to announce the 2018 participants. As a technology company we feel that it is vital to foster an interest in STEM right across the country to ensure our cities and towns have the talent required to move forward as a society. This is something we are proud to do with our involvement each year with the BTYSTE.”

“The 2018 project themes highlight just how important outlets such as the BTYSTE are for students to investigate matters of interest or concern to them in their everyday life. It is fascinating to see such an in-depth knowledge of the prevalent issues facing Ireland, like homelessness. Addressing topical issues is something we really encourage. Our hope is that by showcasing how science and technology are in everything and how they play a role in our everyday lives, we will encourage more students to take part in the magic that is the Exhibition.

“Over the years, we’ve seen an extremely high standard of entries and this year is no different. It is an exciting time ahead for the finalists. They have all worked very hard in getting themselves to this point in the competition and we look forward to seeing the participants exhibit their extraordinary work in January.”

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place from 10-13 January 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.

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