– Northern Ireland’s favourite illusionist urges students to wake up to their dreams and submit an entry ahead of the fast approaching deadline
Top illusionist and television mentalist David Meade, today joined BT to urge students across Northern Ireland to wake up to their dreams and submit an entry for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), ahead of the fast approaching deadline of 28th September, 2016.
The renowned exhibition, now in its 53rd year, is one of the largest and longest running STEM* events in the world. As well as engaging students in the fascinating world of science and technology, the exhibition challenges students to imagine a big idea and bring it to life through research and development in a practical way, outside of the classroom.
Getting involved in the BTYSTE couldn’t be easier. Students can enter either as an individual or a group, by uploading a one-page proposal outlining their idea to www.btyoungscientist.com. Entries can be made in any one of four categories: technology, social and behavioural science, biological and ecological science, or chemical, physical and mathematical science.
Explaining his own personal enthusiasm for the exhibition, BTYSTE ambassador David Meade said: “As a former teacher, I understand the importance of encouraging young people to develop their imagination and interest in STEM subjects, and the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is the perfect platform on which to do this.
“Not only is the application process for the competition super easy but if you’ve got a great idea which falls under the STEM agenda, I urge young people to work alongside their science teachers to showcase their amazing ideas, not forgetting to submit their one page proposal before the imminent deadline – 28th September 2016.”
Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition added: “With the new school term upon us, now is the perfect time for students to start thinking of ways to put their creative minds to work and submit an entry the 2017 exhibition. Whatever your passion – be it sport, social media, animals, humans, numbers or outer space – as long your idea fits the criteria, we want to see it! Entering is simple once you have the idea, so I would encourage all students to work alongside their teachers to submit their one page proposal before the 28th September.”
The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition will take place 11th-14th January 2017 in the RDS in Dublin. As well as the incentive of getting a project shortlisted and experiencing a week at the exhibition in Dublin, there are also over 140 teacher and pupil awards to be won, including cash prizes, international trips, the overall title of BT Young Scientist and Technologist(s) of the Year and chance to represent NI at the EU Contest for Young Scientists.
The theme for the next event is ‘Dream it, Do it’. For more information on the exhibition and for details on how to enter, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com or follow the exhibition on Twitter @BTYSTE or www.facebook.com/btyste
*STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths