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BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

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Time and Place

Wednesday Jan. 10 to Saturday Jan. 13

Hall 1

Opening Times and Admission

Thursday 9.30am – 5.30pm Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm

COSTS Primary Science Special discount admission of €4 per pupil for groups of over 20. Accompanying Teachers admitted free. Secondary School Visits: Special discount admission of €4.50 per pupil for groups over 20. Accompanying Teachers admitted free. All others Adults: €12 Students/Concessions: €6 Family Ticket: €25 – 2 adults and up to 3 children CALL FREEPHONE TO BOOK TODAY: 1800 924 362 or 0800 917 1297 (NI) Tickets can be purchased at the Door for entry to the exhibition but for school groups we would advise booking in advance.

Event Website and Email


Organiser's Contacts

BT Ireland
Riverside Tower
Post Point RT11.16C
5 Lanyon Place
BT1 3BT Belfast

Tel 0044 (0) 28 90 213391

Web www.btyoungscientist.com

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In its 52nd year 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. As well as the 550 student projects on display, there are a further four exhibition halls filled with science and technology based exhibits and entertainment, making it a thrilling event for those who enter and for general visitors too.

The History....

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. 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 ever since.

In recent years the number of entries has increased dramatically, reaching an all time high last year when 1879 projects were submitted. All entries are screened to select just over 550 projects that go through to compete in the RDS. The event attracts over 40,000 people making it one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, if not the world!

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