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Sherlock encourages East Cork students to enter BT Young Scientist



Labour TD Seán Sherlock has encouraged students from across East Cork to submit their entries for the 2021 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), as the deadline for entries on Tuesday 22nd September nears.

For the first time in its long history, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will be delivered across a virtual platform from January 6th – 8th. All 550 projects will be showcased online and the 1,100 participating students and members of the public will be able to enjoy the BTYSTE special acts, and Primary Science Fair from the comfort of their homes and schools this year.

The subjects of science and technology have never been more important and the BTYSTE is renowned for giving future innovators, leaders and change-makers a platform upon which to shine on a national and now an international level. The Exhibition offers students the chance to take home one of the most coveted awards for participants, the BTYSTE perpetual trophy and a substantial prize fund of €7,500. There are also 200 prizes to be won for individuals, groups, and teachers.

The competition is open to second level students in Cork who are aged between 12 and 19 years on 31st October 2020. Submitting a project entry into the BTYSTE is now free.

To enter, an individual or group must submit a one-page proposal outlining their project idea. Entries can be made in any one of four categories: technology; social and behavioural science; biological and ecological science and chemical, physical and mathematical science.

Speaking in the run up to the deadline, Seán Sherlock TD commented:

“I recognise that a lot of students are going to be focusing on getting back to school for the coming autumn, but there will be a lot of students who are seriously considering entering the BT young scientist exhibition, and that is moving online now. I would actively encourage anybody who’s thinking about putting in a project to continue to do so because I think it’s still vital even though it could be in a different format. It’s important that it goes ahead and it is really an exceptional exhibition, it’s an exceptional competition. And I think that people who are thinking about entering should continue to work on their projects.”

 “The BTYSTE helps foster a greater appreciation for scientific and technological innovation. The contest allows young people to not only showcase their projects on a national stage but also get the opportunity to learn more about their topic and make some new friends along the way.  Events like the BTYSTE offer fantastic opportunities for students who enter – so I am encouraging students from North Cork to look at the world around them and think of ideas to address a problem they find. Even if you think you can’t enter, keep reminding yourself that you absolutely can.

For more information on the BTYSTE and for details on how to enter, log onto or follow BTYSTE on Twitter and Facebook. 

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