October 18, 2021

Clever clogs: 11 Waterford schools make BT Young Scientist final

A brainy bunch of Waterford students have made the final of next year’s BT Young Scientist Awards.

The eleven schools making the cut  are set to bring a mix of Mathematical, chemical, ecological and behavioural sciences to the RDS.

Pupils from Ard Scoil Na Mara, St Angela’s, Ard Scoil na nDeise, Blackwater Community School, Gaelcholáiste Phort Láirge, Gaelcholáiste Phort Láirge, St Paul’s Community College and Abbey Community College, will have their projects on display in Dublin, early January 2020.

The students will now begin preparing to exhibit their projects and meet the judges at the Exhibition.

In total, over 1,800 projects were submitted by students in schools all Ireland.

A significant number of the projects this year delve into pressing social issues such as mental health, transgender rights and the effects that social media has on young people.

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh said it’s is so important for young people to develop analytical skills, critical thinking and creativity.

“I was deeply impressed at last year’s event by the scale of ambition from all the students, their ability to explain their projects and the knowledge and skill that they demonstrated.

“The type of projects also highlighted what is important to young people. This year is no different with topical themes such as climate change, wellbeing and health.

“Events like this are so important. It gives students a chance to channel their talents into issues which they want to tackle and change. Congratulations to all the students, teachers and parents who have put so much time and effort into the projects.”

Shay Walsh, Managing Director at BT Ireland said that globally young people are now leading the charge when it comes to taking action on issues such as climate change and mental health.

I am personally encouraged to see this same passion and concern coming from our own young people as evidenced in their project ideas. At BT we know, having organised this Exhibition for the last 20 years, that our alumni are the change-makers of tomorrow; and that the BTYSTE is a powerful platform for them to express their ideas, opinions and solutions.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place from the 8th – 11th January 2020 at the RDS in Dublin.

Tickets for the 2020 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will be available for purchase from Monday 11th November, which you can find www.btyoungscientist.com

More information on the Waterford projects submitted can be found here.

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