BT Young Scientist & Technology

20130109_173232The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition; it is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for the students who take part. The exhibition itself is the final stage in the competition which is open to all second level students from Ireland, both North and South. As well as the 550 student projects on display, there are a further four exhibition halls filled with science and technology based exhibits and entertainment, making it a thrilling event for those who enter and for general visitors too. Davitt College had an exceptionally successful year in 2013.

Davitt College was described in a recent report by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills as “a very progressive school and a true learning community where the widespread use of Information Communications Technology has revolutionised teaching and learning.” The school certainly lived up to its excellent reputation recently when a record four student projects were accepted at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

And true to form Transition Year students Jack McEllin, Sean Murphy and Conor Reilly won The Analog Devices Travel Award 2013. The students also picked up Third Prize in the Technology Intermediate Group category. Their impressive project involved the design and construction of a Robotic Glove which can be used instead of a mouse on a computer. The students believe that their invention has great potential to be further developed and has commercial possibilities in the Music and Physiotherapy sectors.

Their awards include an all expenses paid trip the United States and Silicon Valley where the students will present their project to researchers for Analog Devices at their Headquarters in Silicon Valley. The students have also won €2,500 worth of Science Equipment and a Perpetual Trophy for their school. Congratulations to all students involved – the future looks very bright indeed with such clever and creative young people.

There are loads of reasons to get involved for 2014


There are over 100 prizes to be won, including the prestigious BT Young Scientist(s) of the Year Award and the chance to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists.


Many previous winners of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition have gone on to amazing careers in the science and technology industries. Indeed, many of them used their award as a springboard to launch their professional lives.


The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a brilliant bit of extra-curricular activity to put on your CV or application form for College / University. It shows a real passion for science and an ability to think for yourself. Its also really helps to build your confidence in presenting as you learn how to articulate your ideas before speaking to the judges.