Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle compliments all the Wicklow projects that entered the Annual BT Young Scientist Awards and applauds both the schools and young students for their dedication and inspirational research.
Deputy Doyle comments “After attending the RDS to see Wicklow’s young students showcase their talented projects, once again it was just simply breath taking. Wicklow’s young students have proven year on year that their ability in developing ground breaking and innovative scientific projects is a testament to their endeavour, dedicated research, and each schools participation and guiding involvement”
“A total of 371 schools in the Republic submitted projects for the January 2016 exhibition which represents 51% of all secondary schools. This is an increase of 28 schools or 8% of schools since the previous exhibition.
“The 52nd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has attracted a total of 2,048 entries from the island of Ireland with 4,449 students submitting their finest ideas and innovations for consideration across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects. In addition, BT Ireland announced that the gender split of entrants this year is 62% female, and 38% male.. Since 1965, over three quarters of a million people, spanning 49 years, have visited the Young Scientist Exhibition”
Andrew Doyle TD emphasised “Now over half a century in existence after been set up in 1963, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition underpins the importance of our commitment to investment in youth, research and innovation and the contribution to our economy that these individual elements make cannot be undervalued, particularity with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects playing a vital role in emerging talent”
“The level of innovation displayed by Wicklow’s young scientists is truly inspiring, with projects ranging from, An Investigation into the Effects of Weather on Cereal Crop Yields over a Ten Year Period in Ireland through to the Understanding the form of data input people gravitate towards and the implications it has on future technological evolutions. There was innovative research into an investigation in to the correlation between pupil dilation and physical effort and perceived physical effort. These are just a selection of some of the Wicklow projects highlighting the breath of talent in our young County Wicklow scientists.
“We must again pay tribute to the students, parents, teachers and organisers as a great celebration of creative and innovative thinking and talent that exists amongst Wicklow’s youth. It simply stresses the importance in cultivating and nurturing the counties talent of our future scientists and engineers and making sure we have the foundation of educational infrastructure and supports and a streamlined methodology of capitalising on these great projects” added Deputy Doyle