NI students celebrate as the shortlist is unveiled for the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
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Students, Ben Halligam and Jamie Martin, from Fort Hill College in Lisburn are amongst those celebrating after receiving the news that they have qualified as finalists of the 2018 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. 

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

BT, the organisers and sponsors of the event, have revealed that 21 projects have been shortlisted from 13 Northern Ireland schools. This year’s award is more special than ever, as the 2018 overall winner will represent Ireland in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists when it comes to Dublin in September.

The 41 students from Northern Ireland have worked tirelessly to come up with a wide range of innovative projects from an investigation into the effect of different coloured LEDs on the growth of plants to a study which analyses if hamster wheels can be used to create a new source of renewable energy. The students from Northern Ireland will showcase their projects at the exhibition which will take place from 10th – 13th January 2018 at the RDS in Dublin.

This science and technology exhibition is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind.  In addition to promoting STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), it challenges students to imagine a big idea and bring it to life through research and development in a practical way – away from the classroom.

Acting Managing Director of NI Networks, Garret Kavanagh said:

“BT is proud to announce the participants who have qualified for the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. As a leading technology company, we know how important it is to foster student’s interest in STEM subjects in every school in Northern Ireland to ensure that we have the necessary skills to move forward as a society.

“We want to inspire a future workforce of science and technology innovators.  This is why we are so proud of our continued involvement with BTYSTE.

“The huge range of projects and student interests show how science and technology have a part to play in every aspect of our lives.  Once again, the standard of entries has been extremely high, making the judges’ job more difficult than ever.  Over the coming weeks, the finalists will be working hard to complete and present their projects and we can’t wait to see their extraordinary achievements on show in January.”

The BT Young Scientist & Technology 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.

For more information on the exhibition and for details on how to enter, log onto or follow BTYSTE on FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube or Snapchat (username: BTYSTE).

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