Longford’s young scientists: 56th BTYSTE kicks off this week

Six local projects in this year's BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Jessica Thompson


Jessica Thompson



 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition kicks off this week

The 56th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) kicks off this week and Longford is very well represented, with a number of projects ready to knock the socks of the judges and anyone else who attends the renowned educational event.

There are six worthy Longford projects from four of the county’s nine secondary schools featuring in this year’s exhibition, proving that young people in the midlands are as bright and innovative as ever.

Three groups from Ballymahon will showcase their hard work at this year’s exhibition with one group in Mercy Secondary School looking at ways to ‘Improve Accident and Emergency Experience for Patients and Hospital Staff with a simple Queuing system’, while a second group asks the pertinent question: ‘What factors influence the educational aspirations of girls from the Midlands?’

Meanwhile, in Ballymahon Vocational School, a third group is carrying out ‘A Statistical Analysis of the Transition Year Programme on Student Academic Attainment in Ballymahon VS’.

Students in Lanesboro Community College have submitted both a group project - ‘Shape Language and Character Design’ - and an individual project - ‘Still Driven By Gender? A statistical analysis of the impact TY has on students’ subject choice for Senior Cycle and beyond’.

The sixth Longford project is a very fascinating investigation entitled ‘Does technology affect learning and research?’ and carried out by the students of Árdscoil Phádraig Granard.

All six Longford projects fall under the Social and Behavioural Sciences category and all are guaranteed to be of interest to the judges when they showcase at the exhibition in January.

The 56th annual BTYSTE kicks off BT Arena, RDS, Main Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 from January 8 to 11.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be on hand to officially open the event at an opening ceremony today (Wednesday) at 2pm.

A business leaders’ symposium hosted by Liz Bonnin will also be taking place at the event today, featuring a fantastic line up of speakers including Professor Brian Cox, who will be sharing their inspiring stories and insights into the challenges and opportunities that technology innovation offers, with a specific lens on sustainability and Ireland’s 2050 carbon neutral objective.

Tickets for the 2020 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition are now available for purchase.

For more information on this fantastic family event, visit btyoungscientist.com, or follow @BTYSTE on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Snapchat (username: BTYSTE).

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