Saturday 25 October 2014

Young scientists told to use summer wisely

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

Published 29/05/2014 | 02:30

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Launch of the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
Irish rugby international Mike Ross, RTEs Keelin Shanley and former winner Aisling Judge were flying high in Croke Park today at the launch of the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
What people may not know about this talented trio is that they all share a love for science and technology and credit the subjects with helping them in their respective careers. Mike Ross holds a BSc in Plant and Microbial Biotechnology from UCC, Keelin Shanley holds a BSc in Biochemistry from Trinity College Dublin and is a former Science Journalist of the year and Aisling Judge was overall winner of the 2006 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. 
Picture by Shane O'Neill / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014.
NEWS 28052014 no repro fee Launch of the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Irish rugby international Mike Ross, RTEs Keelin Shanley and former winner Aisling Judge were flying high in Croke Park today at the launch of the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. What people may not know about this talented trio is that they all share a love for science and technology and credit the subjects with helping them in their respective careers. Mike Ross holds a BSc in Plant and Microbial Biotechnology from UCC, Keelin Shanley holds a BSc in Biochemistry from Trinity College Dublin and is a former Science Journalist of the year and Aisling Judge was overall winner of the 2006 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Picture by Shane O'Neill / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014.
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Launch of the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
Former winner Aisling Judge was flying high in Croke Park today at the launch of the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
Aisling was overall winner of the 2006 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. 
Picture by Shane O'Neill / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014.
NEWS 28052014 no repro fee Launch of the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Former winner Aisling Judge was flying high in Croke Park today at the launch of the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Aisling was overall winner of the 2006 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Picture by Shane O'Neill / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014.
Ireland rugby international Mike Ross, with RTE’s Keelin Shanley (centre) and former winner Aisling Judge. Photo: Fennells

AS one school year comes to an end, pupils are being urged to put on their thinking hats and look ahead to next year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

In previous years, successful entrants to the annual January showcase have found that the summer holidays can prove a useful time to work on their ideas.

Irish rugby international Mike Ross, who holds a BSc in Plant and Microbial Biotechnology from University College Cork, turned out yesterday to kick-start the 2015 competition in the company of RTÉ's Keelin Shanley, a Trinity science graduate, and former BT Young Scientist winner Aisling Judge.

Ross, who is heading to Argentina soon for the Ireland tour, said "science through sport has taught me more about the physical capabilities of our bodies as well as their limits, and how to harness and maximise my own athletic potential".

He said he would encourage all students to enter this year's competition.

The 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin, from January 7 to 10. The closing date for entries is October 1.

There are more than 120 awards, including the overall BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year, which was won by Paul Clarke, of St Paul's College, Raheny, this year.

In addition, BT offers over 30 participating students the chance to take part in the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp, an intensive skills programme that helps pupils transform their ideas into a real business opportunity.

Irish Independent

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