The 52nd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition kicked off early last week with thousands of students showcasing an incredible 550 projects, lighting up Dublin’s RDS. The exhibition showcased the 550 secondary school student projects that were shortlisted from over 2,000 impressive entries.
The official judging also commenced on Wednesday and over 60,000 visitors of all ages, with a passion for technology, made their way to Dublin to check out the talent and to enjoy the exciting lineup of events, including creative inventions, interactive education and mind-blowing live shows.
After, we speculate, much deliberation, the overall winner was announced last Friday 8th January. The lucky transition year students from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin were announced as winners of the 52nd BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The girls were presented with a cheque for €5,000, the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 28th European Union Young Scientist competition taking place in Brussels and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy, not to mention the all-expenses paid trip to the home of Williams Racing in Oxfordshire, England, where they will get a behind the scenes look at how Williams are using technology to ensure they remain one of the world’s leading Formula 1 teams.
Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura were awarded the top prize for their project entitled, ‘An Investigation into the Effects of Enzymes used in Animal Feed Additives on the Lifespan of Caenorhabditis Elegans’. The announcement was made in the BT Arena at Dublin’s RDS this evening by Jan O’Sullivan, TD, Minister for Education and Skills, and Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland. The group entered in the intermediate section of the biological & ecological sciences category.
Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland, said;
“We are proud that the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition continues to act as a springboard for future entrepreneurs, academics, scientists and technologists and we have countless past winners who are proof of that. I would like to sincerely congratulate every single student who took part this week and to the thousands of other students who submitted a project but unfortunately didn’t qualify. Of course, particular congratulations must go to Maria and Diana, who will now join a prestigious list of esteemed winners and go on to represent Ireland at the EU Young Scientist later this year.”
Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, said,
“One of the things that always strikes me about this BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition is its timing – the beginning of a new year. For many of the participants here, this may indeed represent the beginning of a new phase in your lives, the beginning of a love affair with science, with scholarship and research. For, this event provides you with a wonderful opportunity to showcase your talent and potential. It allows you to develop your natural instincts of curiosity and as Einstein once said “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”