€75,000 in grants on offer to encourage pupils to enter Young Scientist contest
plans are well advanced for next year's BT Young Scientist & Technology competition, with grants of €75,000 promised to support participating students living a distance from Dublin.
Entries for the 2017 competition, which will take place in the RDS Dublin on January 11-14, are being accepted up to September 28.
The competition aims to raise schools' engagement in the critical STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths and is open to students aged 12-19 from all over the island of Ireland.
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.
The theme for 2017 is 'Dream it, Do it'. A total of 140 awards are on offer for students, teachers and schools.
The grants are designed to provide financial assistance to the growing number of schools travelling to Dublin each year to participate in the exhibition, ensuring that young people with a passion for science and technology have an equal opportunity to get involved, regardless of their location.
Schools that are located more than 70km from the RDS are eligible to apply for a grant of €150 per individual entry or €300 for a group entry, up to a maximum of €1,500 per school. For the 2016 competition, BT provided grant funding to 133 schools across Ireland.