Belfast, 8th January 2018:More than 40 pupils from Northern Ireland will be taking part in next week’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) in Dublin, which is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors.
15-year-old Harvey Donnelly from Wellington College in Belfast is hoping to impress judges with his project, which uses a computer programme to model electrochemical cell reactions to build better batteries.
The 4th year student will present his research alongside 550 other science and technology projects, which are all competing for the coveted title of ‘BT Young Scientist & Technologist’.
Harvey says: “I’m really excited about going to Dublin and seeing what all the other students have come up with. It’s the same week as my mock exams and one of these has had to be re-scheduled but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
“I’ve learned so much and my project has already taken me to Queen’s University, where I’ve been talking to researchers in the Department of Chemistry. I want to develop better batteries and, ultimately, address the biggest challenges facing the world, like climate change and the need for renewable energy.”
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has teamed up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) so that participants, like Harvey, can use their project work to count towards the Skills section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Kate Thompson, DofE Director in Northern Ireland, says: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award.It’s valued by employers and universities – just like participation in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
“That’s why it made sense for us to team up, so that students preparing for BTYSTE can use their preparation to complete the Skills section of a BronzeDofE programme.”
Peter Morris, Head of Service Delivery for BT in Northern Ireland, says: “It’s great to see young people like Harvey developing a real interest in science.Talking to him, I can see how much time and effort he has put into his project.
“The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is all about encouraging students to gain new science and technology skills outside the classroom and, by teaming up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, we’re allowing participants to make the most of their new skills and knowledge, rather than asking them to choose between different extra-curricular activities.
“As a leading technology company, 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 and I am looking forward to seeing the extraordinary achievements of this year’s participants on show at next week’s exhibition in Dublin.”