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Final call for BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Press release   •   Sep 03, 2018 10:00 BST

Future stars? 14-year-old Brandon Smith Cameron and 13-year-old Emily Williams McLean from Armagh pictured with Director of the NI Space Office, Robert Hill, at the Armagh Observatory to promote the final call for entries to BTYSTE 2019

BT is calling on secondary school students to keep their eye on the prize as the deadline for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) fast approaches on 25 September.

Young people from across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to submit a one-page entry, outlining their project idea in one of the following categories: Technology, Social & Behavioural Science, Biological & Ecological Science, or Chemical, Physical & Mathematical.

The theme for BTYSTE 2019 is ‘It Starts Here’ because, for many past participants, the Exhibition has marked the beginning of a successful career in science and technology and an opportunity to develop their interest in STEM* subjects outside the classroom.

Director of the Northern Ireland Space Office and Head of Space Solutions at Kx, Robert Hill, says, “I really urge young people to get their applications in for BTYSTE. The core skills that can be learnt from this unique experience are invaluable for future careers in any industry - not just STEM-related areas. Everything from communication skills to team work and problem solving can be learnt but – in addition to that - young people will learn the application of these core skills and that is something that could never be taught in a classroom.”

Mairead Meyer, Managing Director of NI Networks, BT’s engineering division, adds: “There’s still time for young people to focus on their project idea and submit an entry ahead of the exhibition deadline on 25 September.The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a fantastic platform for turning creative ideas into reality.Their one-page proposal could be the first step to an ambitious and exciting career.”

For more information on the exhibition and details of how to enter, visit or follow BTYSTE on Facebook and Twitter.


Notes to Editors:

(STEM*: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

Photographs attached:(L to R) 14-year-old Brandon Smith Cameron and 13-year-old Emily Williams McLean from Armagh pictured with Director of the Northern Ireland Space Office, Robert Hill, at the Armagh Observatory.

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