Northern Ireland schools a hive of activity as the shortlist is announced for the 2017 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

31st October, 2016: Minister for the Department of Education, Peter Weir MLA, was on hand today to help BT announce that forty five students from across Northern Ireland have been shortlisted as finalists to take part in the world renowned BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which will take place from 11th -14th January 2017.

Pupils Holly King (18) and Molly McConnell (18) from South Eastern Regional College in Bangor are celebrating being shortlisted for their entry which ‘Investigates the link between habitat and the antibacterial effect of honey.’

The exhibition, now in its 53rd year, is one of the largest and longest running STEM* events in the world, which challenges students to imagine a big idea and bring it to life through research and development in a practical way, outside of the classroom.

Speaking at today’s announcement, Minister for the Department of Education, Peter Weir MLA, said, “The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for students across Northern Ireland to enter such a well-established and inspiring competition and I am delighted that BT is continuing to nurture local talent through the exhibition to create the future leaders within the STEM arena. I’d like to congratulate all Northern Ireland schools who have been shortlisted and wish them luck in January’s exhibition.”

Peter Morris, Head of Operations at BT in Northern Ireland, said, “At BT, we continue to be amazed by the high calibre of wide ranging and inventive projects submitted by students across Northern Ireland. As one of the largest STEM engagement models across the island of Ireland, the exhibition, which attracts over 50,000 visitors each year, serves as an excellent opportunity to highlight our talented youth on the international stage. We are looking forward to seeing the 2017 entries in January.”

The 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from 11th -14th January, 2017. There are over 140 teacher and pupil awards to be won, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year. For more information on the exhibition log onto www.btyoungscientist.com or follow the exhibition on Twitter @BTYSTE or www.facebook.com/btyste

*STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths