Grant to help Derry’s young scientists

Anna O'Hara and Lavina Blanking, from St.Mary's College, Derry, whose project, 'A Spoonful of Medicine' last year won the silver Junior Individual Award in the Biological and Ecological Category in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and also picked up the Irish Medicines Board Special Award for the project.
Anna O'Hara and Lavina Blanking, from St.Mary's College, Derry, whose project, 'A Spoonful of Medicine' last year won the silver Junior Individual Award in the Biological and Ecological Category in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and also picked up the Irish Medicines Board Special Award for the project.

Schools across Derry are being reminded that financial assistance is available for those competing in the forthcoming BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

The BT Travel & Accommodation Grant Scheme, created for students taking part in the world renowned science competition, last year provided 29 grants to 17 schools across Northern Ireland.

But BT wants to ensure that even more schools take advantage of the scheme.

Speaking about the grant scheme, teacher Ann Blanking, from St.Mary’s College in Derry - which has received £5,500 in financial aid to date - said: “The grant made available by BT supported our school in taking part in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January and we had the opportunity to exhibit seven projects, the highest ever number of projects exhibited by any Northern Ireland school.

“Last year the college was recognised for its efforts as we won the inaugural Best Northern Ireland School Overall Award, sponsored by MATRIX.

“The event is a unique experience which really made all of the students consider their future career options.

“We all had a great time and once again we are really looking forward to demonstrating our innovative ideas at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2013.”

Schools which are located more than 70km from the RDS in Dublin, where the competition takes place, can apply for a grant of £135 per individual entry or £275 for a group entry, up to a maximum of £1,350 per school.

The closing date for project submissions for the 2013 exhibition is fast approaching - October 1, 2012 - and BT is hoping to break a new record for entry numbers.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 9-12, 2013.

For more information on the exhibition, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com, check out http://www.facebook.com/BTYSTE, or on twitter at http://twitter.com/btyste.