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The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition; it is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for the students who take part. The Exhibition itself is the final stage in the competition, which is open to all second level students from Ireland, both north and south.

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In 1963 two UCD physics researchers, Rev. Dr. Tom Burke and Dr. Tony Scott, came across the concept of ‘Science Fairs’’ while conducting research in New Mexico, America. These local school science exhibitions culminated in State Fairs and ultimately a national competition. The pair decided that this type of hands-on science was something that Irish students could benefit from, by taking science outside the four walls of the classroom and showing that it is all around. And so the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition was born. The first competition was held in 1965 in the Round Room of the Mansion House in Dublin and attracted 230 entries and the first ever winner, John Monaghan, has recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Avigen, a US Biotech company and is now a judge at the exhibition!. The success of the first year was such that the exhibition moved to the much larger venue of the RDS in year two and it has remained there until the pandemic resulted in us going virtual to keep this brilliant show alive. We’re full of admiration and praise for the students – over 2,700 of them – who showed hard work, commitment and passion to enter STEM ideas into the 2022 exhibition. They are now part of a huge STEM movement, coming up with ideas and solutions to change the world for the better. There have been a great array of winners over the years, see more details here.

BT has been the proud sponsor and organiser of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for 22 years

The essence of the exhibition is the spirit and ingenuity demonstrated by the students who participate. As a leader in innovation and technology, BT is thrilled to help cultivate and nurture the talent of our future scientists and engineers through the exhibition itself and also the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp. We hope you enjoy the final stage of the competition at the RDS. Be sure to tweet, check-in and Instagram your pics from the event. 

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