BT Young Scientist – Coláiste Nano Nagle have four projects shortlisted for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
Over 30 projects by Limerick students have been shortlisted for BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald
Over 30 projects by students from Limerick have been shortlisted for next year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
A total of 550 shortlisted projects have been announced for the virtual showcase which will take place between Wednesday, January 12 and Friday, January 14, 2022.
Over 2,700 students from all over Ireland submitted entries, and the shortlisted entries represent 219 schools from 29 counties.
Commenting following the publication of the shortlisted entries, Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition said, “Following an incredibly challenging 18 months for schools, teachers and wider communities, I am delighted to see the volume and the quality of entries coming through for this year’s exhibition. The ideas are excellent and the ambition is strong, a testament to the dedication and resilience of schools and students across Ireland.”
Limerick will be represented by eight projects by Desmond College, Newcastle West, five projects by Ardscoil Rís, five projects by John the Baptist Community School, five projects by Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ, four projects by Coláiste Nano Nagle, four projects by Mungret Community College, four projects by Scoil Pól, Kilfinane, two projects by Coláíste Chiarain, Croom and one project by Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastle West, totaling almost 40 projects.
We are absolutely delighted to learn that we have 4 projects through to the @BTYSTE Finals in January. Well done to the students involved and to your teachers @MsKWalshScience and @Prior_Samantha pic.twitter.com/9P2j4TqgA9
— Coláiste Nano Nagle (@colnanonagle) October 18, 2021
New and adapted technologies featured in a fifth of all project entries across the four project categories – Social and Behavioural Science, Technology; Chemical, Physical and Mathematics Science; and Ecological Science.
Students were able to demonstrate their curiosity and imagination for new technologies and how they can assist us in our daily lives in our ever-increasing digital world. Projects ranged from assisted living devices to apps that help us live more sustainably.
There was also a strong focus on health this year where students investigated the longer-term impacts of Covid on our lives, along with the ways we look after our mental and physical health. More than 140 projects examined either Covid-19 or other health-related issues.
Over 150 projects featured climate change and the environment. This shows how young people understand the importance of one of the most critical issues facing us today.
Minister for Education Norma Foley said, “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students that entered the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2022. The exhibition continues to provide a real opportunity to our young people to engage in so many diverse aspects of science and technology. I look forward to learning more about the findings and exciting creative solutions that have been uncovered in our students’ work. Supporting the exhibition as a key partner is an important part of the Department’s strategy for STEM education.”
This year’s finalists will compete on a virtual stage to both a national and international audience where they will be interviewed by a panel of over 90 judges who will select the various winners.
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