Local students among finalists in renowned STEM exhibition

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Students from St Killian’s College, Carnlough, and Ballyclare High School are among 16 schoolchildren from County Antrim who have been shortlisted as finalists in the world-renowned BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

The exhibition challenges students to imagine a big idea and bring it to life through research and development in a practical way, outside of the classroom.

The local students’ entries focus on a range of topics from a ‘Collapse Response System’ to a study which investigates ‘The Effect of Diluting Antibacterial Soap’.

Peter Morris, Head of Operations at BT in Northern Ireland, said: “At BT, we continue to be amazed by the high calibre of wide ranging and inventive projects submitted by students across Northern Ireland.

“As one of the largest STEM engagement models across the island of Ireland, the exhibition, which attracts over 50,000 visitors each year, serves as an excellent opportunity to highlight our talented youth on the international stage.

“We are looking forward to seeing the 2017 entries in January,” Peter added.

There are over 140 teacher and pupil awards to be won, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year at the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition which will take place in the RDS, Dublin, in January.

The exhibition was the brainchild of two physics researchers from the University College Dublin, Rev. Dr. Tom Burke and Dr. Tony Scott, came across the concept of ‘Science Fairs’ while conducting research in New Mexico back in 1963 and decided that it was the type of hands-on science that students in Ireland could benefit from.