The 56th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition announced

  • The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and award event has been announced for January 2020, and secondary school students are encouraged to start working on projects now for a chance to win.

    Each year, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition event highlights young inventors from across the country in a huge science exhibition and award event. Over 800 young people from Northern Ireland have applied to the exhibition since 2001, and last year saw a record 47 Northern Irish students shortlisted for the event's awards.

    Now in its 56th incarnation, the next exhibition will take place from the January 8th to January 11th 2020 and is open to all students in secondary education in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland who will be aged 12 to 19 on 31st October 2019. Students can enter as individuals or in larger groups, and are encouraged to start planning their projects now as competition will be fierce.

    Students Izzy McConkey and Kerri-Melissa Burns from South Eastern Regional College (above) won the Northern Ireland Project of the Year prize at the 2019 awards. They said: "Taking part in BTYSTE is a fantastic experience and helped us learn so much more about our chosen project area. We also found that taking part in the Exhibition helped us to grow in confidence and develop the self-belief to know that when you put your mind to something, that you can achieve anything."

    Projects must be inventions in one of the four competition categories: Biological and Ecological Sciences; Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences; Social & Behavioural Sciences; and Technology. Further information on how to get involved and what kinds of projects fit into each category can be found at

    The event will also be hosting the Primary Science Fair for students in primary 3 to 6 classes, which will run alongside the main Exhibition. For details of how your primary school can enter the competition, head over to

    Source: Written based on press release

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