The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) will probably be going virtual for a second 12 months in a row subsequent January in a sign of the potential longer-term disruption posed by Covid-19.

The 2022 version of the annual showcase of scientific endeavour by younger individuals in Ireland will happen from January twelfth to 14th subsequent. Now in its 58th 12 months, it’s Europe’s largest nationwide science, know-how, engineering and maths (Stem) occasion.

By organising a digital hub-cum-studio within the Mansion House, with a format mimicking the occasion’s conventional dwelling within the RDS in Dublin, the competition went forward in January final with college students participating with their virtual viewers by way of three-minute video displays.

“We took the decision to announce that the 2022 exhibition will be a virtual exhibition in January as we wanted students, teachers and the school communities to have certainty about BTYSTE 2022 before the end of the current school year,” stated BTYSTE head Mari Cahalane, who added that the plan was to return to the RDS in 2023.

“This decision allows all involved to begin planning their participation over the summer months.”


Students chosen to current their tasks within the virtual exhibition corridor subsequent 12 months will probably be vying for greater than 200 prizes throughout 4 classes and totally different age teams. The general winner receives €7,500 and the chance to characterize Ireland on the EU Contest for Young Scientists.

Greg Tarr, a Leaving Certificate scholar from Bandon Grammar School in Co Cork, gained this 12 months’s contest. He used synthetic intelligence to develop a system to detect “deepfake” movies, which have prompted havoc on social media channels.

While there was a drop in entrants this 12 months due to the pandemic, the competitors attracted a big worldwide viewers, with individuals in 77 international locations following the web occasion.

BT Ireland managing director Shay Walsh stated the competitors has grow to be “a staple in the school calendar” and is “an exciting and fun way for young minds to engage with science, technology, engineering and maths subjects”.

The 4 classes are: know-how; social and behavioural science; organic and ecological science, and chemical, bodily and mathematical science, and the occasion is open to second-level college students aged 12 to 19.

Mairead Cusack, a instructor at Moate Community School who has gained the BTYSTE educator of excellence award, stated the exhibition is “a fun and exciting way to build our students’ interest in science”.

“I’m always so proud when I see the ideas students have and how excited they are to carry out their investigations,” she stated.

Prospective individuals should submit a one-page proposal outlining their mission thought and entry charges are being waived to encourage college students to pursue Stem challenges over the summer time. The deadline for submissions is September twenty seventh and particulars can be found at


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