OVER 30 projects from schools across Limerick have qualified for next year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
33 projects from 13 schools in Limerick are among 550 projects that will be exhibited at the national showcase in the RDS in Dublin in January.
Colaiste Chiarain leads the way in Limerick with the number of successful projects. The Croom school will have six projects exhibited at the RDS.
Ardscoil Rís, Castletroy College, Coláiste Íde agus Iosaef, Coláiste Iósaef, Coláiste Nano Nagle, Desmond College, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, John the Baptist Community School, Laurel Hill FCJ, Salesian Secondary College, Scoil Pól and Villiers Secondary School will all have projects on display in January.
BT Ireland has revealed the top themes that projects focused on, with artificial intelligence (AI), diversity and inclusion and mental health leading the way as topics that students want to learn more about.
The environment also continues to be an area of interest to students, with 11 per cent of projects covering the topic.
Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD said: “It is fantastic to see the level of engagement by students in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2024. It is an absolute highlight of the school calendar each year.”
“The interest from students in health-related topics demonstrates young people’s interest in that area, and it’s great to see that the BTYSTE has created a new category for the 60th exhibition next year, ‘Health and Wellbeing’, that will enable secondary school students to explore that interest further.”
Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) said: “The BTYSTE is a fantastic platform for students to develop their best ideas to improve the world we live in and showcase them nationally and internationally.”
“As one of the largest STEM school exhibitions in Europe, our alumni have been recognised globally and with the standard of entries for 2024 just as high as years before, we’re very confident that trend will continue. We are excited to see the 2024 BTYSTE entrants showcase their extraordinary work at next year’s exhibition,” she said.