Visit to the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS

Education, Meath, Research and Innovation, Science, Wesmeath

During the week gone by I visited the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS.

Now a national institution, it is always an informative and exciting trip, where you really do meet the researchers, inventors, innovators and leaders of the future. I share some more of my thoughts in this video:

I caught up with Meath West entrants to see their work first hand, including three projects from Eureka College Kells, one from St. Joseph’s Secondary School and one from Coláiste Na Mí. Primary schools from Hill of Down, Ashbourne and Delvin also exhibited. It was also good to catch up with the Madden sisters from Summerhill, previous Young Scientists who now have a business of their own called Fenuhealth as a result of their research! The pictures on my Facebook page give a flavour of what we saw:

Minister English praises 2015 Meath BT Young Scientists Exhibition entrants

Education, Navan, Oldcastle, Research and Innovation, Science, Skills

Local Minister and Meath West TD Damien English today (Wednesday 7th January) visited the 2015 BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS, Dublin and he had great praise for the Meath based projects that made the finals. Minister English, who has special responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, took time out to visit the seven project teams from the four qualifying Co. Meath Secondary Schools.

Minister Damien English & Peter Evans of BT join Aoife O‘Donnell & Georgina Dillon of St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne at the 51st BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS

Minister Damien English & Peter Evans of BT join Aoife O‘Donnell & Georgina Dillon of St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne at the 51st BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS

The Meath schools to qualify for the finals of the BT Young Scientist were St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan; St. Oliver Post Primary School, Oldcastle; St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne; and four projects from Loreto, St. Michael’s in Navan.

Minister Damien English & Peter Evans of BT join Tom Fitzgerald, Conor Maguire, Joe Fitzgerald & Ms. O’Sullivan (teacher) from St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan at the 51st BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS

Minister Damien English & Peter Evans of BT join Tom Fitzgerald, Conor Maguire, Joe Fitzgerald & Ms. O’Sullivan (teacher) from St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan at the 51st BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS

“In its 51st year, the BT Young Scientist Exhibition is a national institution at this stage. Its impressive young entrants, including the seven very dynamic teams from Co. Meath whom I met this year, contribute enormously to the important promotion of Science, Maths and related disciplines in our school communities and amongst the general population both young and old” Minister English said.

Minister Damien English & Peter Evans of BT join Emma McCabe, Zoe Maguire & Edel Campbell of St Oliver Post Primary, Oldcastle at the 51st BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS

Minister Damien English & Peter Evans of BT join Emma McCabe, Zoe Maguire & Edel Campbell of St Oliver Post Primary, Oldcastle at the 51st BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS

“The seven competing projects from Co. Meath are a huge credit to themselves, to their parents and families, and to their teacher mentors who contribute so much time and energy both in school and outside of it. Their projects, which I enjoyed viewing in the RDS, make a big contribution to their chosen category areas of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Chemical Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Technology and Biological and Ecological Sciences”

Minister English concluded by saying “The promotion of Science, Maths and related disciplines in our Schools and Colleges is vital to the continued economic development of our country and key to our young people enjoying high end jobs that are both financially rewarding and career fulfilling.  Time and again major foreign investors in this country highlight our young, educated population as a key factor in their decision to locate here.  This momentum and quality must be maintained, and events like the BT Young Scientist help this momentum”