Students across Ireland are today being reminded that there are only 14 days left to enter the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. As one of the world’s biggest and longest running science exhibitions, the BTYSTE is internationally renowned for its success in selecting and nurturing the most talented young minds in the country.

Now in its 52nd year, BT has listed the top 10 reasons why students, teachers and schools should submit an entry to the 2016 BTYSTE:

1.    It’s about way more than science! Projects can be about anything you’re passionate about, be it sport, social media, beauty, animals, human behaviour – as long as it fits our simple criteria, we want your idea.

2.    You get the chance to represent your school and your local community at the exhibition in the RDS in January which is a real honour. 

3.    For teachers, it’s a fantastic way to get your students inspired in subjects like science, technology, engineering and maths, not to mention a great achievement for your school if you qualify for the exhibition

4.    Although a love of science or technology lies at the heart of all the entries, we’re sure everyone has an eye on the prize. And with over 120 prizes and a prize fund of over €25,000 and trips to the USA up for grabs for students and teachers, there is a great chance of coming home with an award

5.    If you qualify you will get to spend four days in Dublin showing your project to almost 60,000 visitors, making new friends and enjoying the craic at our dedicated student club each evening.

 6.    You get the opportunity to meet some of Ireland’s best known faces. Every year the exhibition is visited by stars of TV and radio, leading politicians, sporting giants and more!

7.    If you’re lucky enough to win the overall prize, you’ll go on to represent the competition at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, which takes place in Brussels next year.

8.    It’s a brilliant extra-curricular activity to put on your CV or application form for college/ university. It shows a real passion for science and an ability to think for yourself.

9.    It could be start of an amazing future! Many of our past participants have gone on to huge success, including our 2006 winner Patrick Collison (One of Forbes 30 under 30) and Ciara Judge, Sophie Healy-Thow and Emer Hickey, our 2013 winners (Listed as one of Time magazine’s Most Influential Teens)

10.  You will take an honoured place as the alumni of a major legacy that has been running successfully for 52 years.

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