Building on bright futures at exhibition
THERE will be more winners than usual at the annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin's RDS next week.
As well as searching out the brightest science and technology brains in second-level schools, a new initiative at the exhibition will seek to bridge the gap between business and education and potentially translate research into wealth creation.
The new programme aims to provide selected students with the business knowledge they need to turn their ideas into commercial opportunities.
Leading figures from major companies will share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of leaders through a mentoring programme for 40 students selected at the exhibition. Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe also signalled that summer placements in third-level colleges will be available for the top six performers in the programme.
There was a record 1,588 entries from 329 schools for this year's exhibition, which takes place between January 12-16.