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We're giving grants to BT Young Scientist schools

25 August 2015

School children at computer

We’re continuing our support grants for schools taking part in the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin.

The grant scheme gives financial assistance to the ever expanding number of schools travelling to participate in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition, meaning all schools can be involved, no matter where they’re located in Ireland. Schools located over 70km from the RDS in Dublin, the home of the exhibition, can apply for a grant of €150 per individual entry or €300 for a group entry, up to a maximum of €1,500 per school.

In 2015, we provided £58,000 in grant funding to 139 schools across the island of Ireland. In total, since we started the scheme in 2006, we’ve given almost half a million pounds in funding to schools across the island of Ireland.

Mari Cahalane, head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, said; “Our goal is for every second level school across the island of Ireland to participate in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and experience the wonder of STEM in a practical way outside of the classroom. We understand however, that the financial costs of travel and accommodation can be a barrier for some schools so we want to make sure that no school is left out for this reason. With this grant, there’s no stopping any school from entering so we would encourage all students and teachers interested in taking part to get their thinking caps on and submit their project ideas by the deadline date of 29th September.”

Michelle Sliney, Principal of Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, who got a grant to participate in the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition said, “The BT grant provides crucial financial aid to allow us participate in the exhibition by covering costs such as travel and accommodation. Our students love submitting a project and getting the chance to experience the week in the RDS, so it is important for us as a school to be able to facilitate this creativity and support their interest in subjects like science, technology, engineering and maths.”

The 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from 6th – 9th January 2016 and the closing date for entries is 29th September, 2015.

For more information on the exhibition and for details on how to enter, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com or follow the exhibition on Twitter @BTYSTE.