Students from Achill, Claremorris and Castlebar are representing Co Mayo with pride at the 2022 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition which gets underway today.
The prestigious three-day event is being held virtually again this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Entries were received for this year’s exhibition from over 2,700 students, with 1,440 brilliant project ideas ultimately shortlisted down to 550 entries spanning 219 schools from 29 counties.
This year’s finalists will once again compete on a virtual stage to both a national and international audience this year and among them will be students from Coláiste Pobail Acla – competing in the chemical, physical and mathematical sciences section; Coláiste Cholmáin (technology category) and Mount St Michael Secondary Schools (technology category) in Claremorris and St Gerarld’s in Castlebar whose research relates to social and behavioural sciences.
This year, new and adapted technologies featured in a fifth (110) of all project entries across the four project categories as students explore how they can assist in our daily lives.
Climate change and the environment were featured in over 150 projects, indicating how our young students have their finger on the pulse of one of the most critical issues dominating our planet today.
Other areas with or major interest in finalist projects this year include physical and mental health with a strong focus on Covid-19.
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will be delivered across a virtual platform from today, January 12 – Friday, January 14 2022.
The finalists will be interviewed by an eminent panel of over 90 judges as they vie for one of the most coveted awards with a substantial prize fund and the BTYSTE perpetual trophy, as well as over 200 prizes for individuals, groups, and teachers.
Members of the public can register here to enjoy all that the exhibition has to offer.