Education Minister John O’Dowd has commended the local schools who are taking part in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2016 at the RDS in Dublin.
Twenty six projects from 13 schools qualified for the event which has been running for the last 52 years.
The Minister visited the exhibition where he met students and viewed their work.
Speaking at the RDS, the Minister said:
“Throughout this academic year local students have been working hard to perfect their expertise in science, technology, engineering and maths culminating in the diverse range of projects we are viewing today.
“As usual the standard is extremely high and the innovation and enthusiasm of the young people is inspirational.”
Commenting on the importance of the Exhibition, the Minister said:
“This is an excellent opportunity for young people to get involved with STEM. Schools which afford science and technology a priority within and beyond the curriculum will help us create a workforce that can fill skills gaps in society and help drive our economy at home and across the world.
“Fifty four projects from 21 schools entered this year’s competition. Taking part in this prestigious exhibition is what really matters. The level of participation is a sign of the events popularity more than 50 years since it started. I also commend BT for delivering a successful exhibition.”
Notes to editors:
1. The thirteen local schools who qualified for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition are:
- Ballyclare High School
- Ballymena Academy
- Loreto College, Coleraine
- New-Bridge Integrated College, Banbridge
- Our Lady’s Grammar School, Newry
- Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast
- South Eastern Regional College – Bangor Campus
- St Catherine’s College, Armagh
- St Killian’s College, Ballymena
- St Mark’s High School, Warrenpoint
- St Mary’s College, Derry
- St Patrick’s Co-Ed Comprehensive College, Maghera
- St Patrick’s High School, Keady
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