In the Republic of Ireland, BT is a leading provider of networked IT services to government and major businesses. In Northern Ireland, BT is the leading communications provider to consumers and small and medium businesses (SMEs). The BT IT services team alone are the largest IT training company on the island.
The company invests significantly in network infrastructure North and South. Currently, Northern Ireland has one of the most advanced communications infrastructures in the world and was the first region outside London to achieve 100% broadband availability. BT is in the process of building an end-to-end IP network on the island of Ireland. This is part of the company’s multi-billion pound belief that the sustainability agenda creates real business opportunities.
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
In its 49th year the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition; it is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for the students who take part. The exhibition itself is the final stage in the competition which is open to all second level students from Ireland, both North and South.
This lesson describes how the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition promotes scientific inquiry. An extra Poster Sheet on BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is included in the folder.
For many of today’s professional scientists and entrepreneurs, participation in the competition was the starting point. For example, two brothers from County Limerick, who won the top award in 2010, went on to found the famous online payment company called Stripe, currently valued at over €9 billion.
This lesson discusses the process involved in submitting entries to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The requirement to carry out careful and detailed planning which will inform the mandatory one-page proposal is stressed. The critical importance of the one-page proposal is central to the lesson.
With over 50.000 visitors, the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, showcases some 550 student projects. This lesson provides first-hand accounts from three previous prize winners – two groups and one individual – who describe the unique, fascinating, and often life-changing, experience in their own words.