Galway Secondary schools receive financial boost from BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

Galway schools received over €5k in travel and accommodation grants in 2016

BT Ireland confirmed financial grants of €5,400 to Galway secondary schools that participated in this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, one of the world’s largest and longest-running school STEM showcases. The company also reaffirmed its commitment to providing travel and accommodation grants for schools taking part in the 2017 exhibition, which closes for entries on September 28.

The grant scheme is designed to provide financial assistance to the growing number of schools travelling to Dublin each year to participate in the event, ensuring that young people with a passion for science and technology have an equal opportunity to get involved, regardless of their geographical location. Schools that are located over 70km from the RDS, where the exhibition is held, are eligible to apply for a grant of €150 per individual entry or €300 for a group entry, up to a maximum of €1,500 per school.

Mari Cahalane, head of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, said: “We are keenly aware of the financial pressures facing both schools and parents today. Our goal is to ensure travel and accommodation expenses don’t stand in the way of budding entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists interested in showcasing their innovations. Over the last 50 years, BTYSTE has been a vital platform for Ireland’s most pioneering young people, allowing them to share the brilliance of their ideas, while building essential skills like entrepreneurship, research and development and teamwork.”

The annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 11-14, 2017 and the closing date for entries is September 28. Entrants will have the chance to represent their local community, and compete to win more than 140 student, teacher and school awards, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist and Technologist(s ) of the Year.

For more information on the exhibition and for details on how to enter, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com or follow the exhibition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @BTYSTE.

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