Saturday 1 October 2016

Now adults can sign up for BT Young Scientist

Published 02/11/2015 | 02:30

Mirror image: Maureen McNulty and Hannah Smith help launch the BT Masters competition to be held at the RDS
Mirror image: Maureen McNulty and Hannah Smith help launch the BT Masters competition to be held at the RDS

Are you envious of the children who wow the BT Young Scientist Exhibition each year with their innovation and enterprise?

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Then perhaps you think that you could do better?

The annual event has opened a new category to grown-up would-be boffins who missed their place in the sun the first time around.

The BT Masters at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2016 will offer anyone aged 20 or over the chance to express their creativity.

The new adult category is aimed squarely at those who wished they had entered the exhibition when they had the chance - or who want to indulge in a blast of nostalgia.

Entrants must submit a one-page proposal into one of the four designated categories by November 27 - Technology; Biological and Ecological Sciences; Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences; or Social and Behavioural Sciences.

The BT Masters entries will be shortlisted before Christmas and the selected candidates will be invited to present their idea at the RDS to the expert judging panel in January.

As well as receiving a trophy, the overall winner will receive a prize fund of €1,000.

Shay Walsh, Managing Director of BT Ireland, explained that they have seen so much emerging talent come through the RDS from secondary school students and thought it would be a great idea to see how the adults would fare when asked to demonstrate their own creativity with the critical STEM subjects.

Irish Independent

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