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BT Young Scientist Call for entries


BT has made the call out to students and teachers across Northern Ireland to submit their entry as it released details of the social media habits of secondary school students across the island of Ireland. Over 1,000 individuals between the ages of 13 and 18 participated in the BT Young Scientist survey, which found that 79 per cent (pc) of students are accessing social media at school. 

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is organised by BT Ireland, one of the country’s leading communications and networked IT service providers, and is supported by a number of valued partners including the Department of Education Northern Ireland and MATRIX. For more information on the exhibition and for details on how to enter, log onto or follow the exhibition on Twitter @BTYSTE.

When asked about the duration of the average single visit to social media sites, 26pc claim to spend between two and five minutes on social media per visit; one third of respondents admitted staying online between six and ten minutes per visit with 38pc spending more than ten minutes on social media sites per individual visit. 

Further results found that 59pc of students depend on social media and the internet to help with schoolwork, while 71pc of students said they feel that social media has helped them to identify and connect with friends with similar interests. 

Mari Cahalane, head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition commented, “Over the past number of years there has been a significant increase in social media related projects at the exhibition. Students from across the island of Ireland have submitted projects on a wide range of related topics such as mobile application development, psychometric testing through social media and even ways to determine if you’re being lied to on Facebook.  

“This is what the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is all about – helping students to engage in the spheres of science, technology, engineering and maths through channels that really interest them and are relevant to their lives. Almost any interest could be a potential project, so I would encourage students to get thinking and submit their one page entry before 1st October.” 

The 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from 7th -10th January 2015.  There are over 120 awards to be won including the prestigious BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year which was won by Paul Clarke of St. Paul’s College, Raheny in January this year.  Wellington College in Belfast picked up five awards, including the Best Northern Ireland School Award. 


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