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BD Research Centre last call for entries for STEM Stars competition 2022

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STEM Stars competition 2022 – Pictured are BD Stemstar Winners 2021, Aoife Lee and Emma Brennan, Desmond College, Newcastlewest Co. Limerick with their winning project from the BD Stemstar Winners 2021, Exercise is Key. Picture: Alan Place

BD Research Centre last call for entries for STEM Stars competition 2022

BD Research Centre Ireland (BD RCI) located in Castletroy, Limerick is calling for entries to its third annual ‘STEM Stars’ competition, where local secondary schools can win up to €20,000 in funding for STEM education and innovation. STEM Stars competition 2022 is open to pupils of any class in secondary school who identify a key health care problem and explain how to solve or improve it using STEM subjects.

This year the program has expanded its focus from Limerick and Clare to also include post-primary schools in Tipperary. As they work on their chosen projects, students will be able to participate in STEM Star Clinics where BD RCI mentors will respond to their questions and provide guidance on their project.

Padraig Fitzgerald, Site Director at BD RCI said the company is delighted to announce the expansion of the STEM Stars initiative. “We couldn’t be happier with the engagement and traction this event has garnered over the last 2 years and with the inclusion of even more schools in 2022 we are hugely excited by the prospect of what the talented students will produce for the STEM Stars competition 2022. It’s truly mind-blowing to see the capabilities displayed by these future engineers and scientists. It makes me feel very optimistic regarding the future of STEM disciplines in this country!”

The deadline for schools to register their interest is Friday 19th November 2021, with a project submission date of Friday 18th February 2022. Judging will take place in March of next year with a total prize fund of €20,000 up for grabs, with the winning school receiving €10,000, a second prize of €6,000 and third prize of €4,000. Schools can register their interest by emailing [email protected] with the school name, STEM teacher’s name, contact e-mail, phone number and the name of the project.

BD STEM Stars competition 2022 is supported by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. Donncha O Treasaigh, Director of Schools commented: “Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is delighted to be involved in supporting this wonderful competition as we appreciate the opportunities that education in STEM creates for young people. BD has worked very closely with teachers and students helping them to develop their STEM knowledge and skillset. This strong partnership is central in ensuring that students are supported to address the challenges that face our generation and future generations.”

Ciara Leahy, HR Manager at BD RCI said the initiative aims to encourage and spark a passion for STEM. “We are passionate about supporting future talent and creating opportunities to expose school students to STEM in a practical way. STEM occupations are in phenomenal growth, supporting these subjects and initiatives will foster and nurture future talent and future leaders in this field.”

BD STEM Stars Registration

In order to participate, you must register for the competition. Registration closes Friday, November 19 2021. To register simply send an e-mail ([email protected]) with: school name, STEM teacher’s name, contact e-mail, phone number, and name of the project. After registration, you will be supplied with an individual username and password with a link to upload your submission.

Click HERE to read more about the registration process.

About BD

BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The BD enterprise R&D hub in Limerick employs 350 people at its state of the art facility in Castletroy, with engineers and scientists using the latest advancements in technology and software to develop solutions for BD’s Medical, Life Sciences and Interventional Segments.

For previous stories about BD STEM Stars go HERE 

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