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Waterford Stand at the BT Young Scientist

The 50th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) opened its doors to the public on the 9th January 2014. The standard was higher, the crowds bigger and the buzz greater than ever before.

Our stand represents "Waterford A Science Region" and was manned by WIT personnel with a team from Bausch & Lomb. The stand was also supported by Teva, Waterford County and City Councils. Coillte sponsored 5,000 indigenous trees and Goatsbridge Trout Farm donated live trout for display. A large section of the stand is given over to promoting Maths Week Ireland which takes place every October and is now the largest festival of its kind in the world.

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We were delighted to be back for the 12 year running with our biggest ever crew.  Our educational technology unit came up to build the stand on the previous Saturday and from Monday on WIT lecturers began to arrive at the RDS to build individual displays. By the time the exhibition opened there were over 30 manning the stand: WIT staff, students and even the next generation were pressed into action. The impact of students and children mediating and communicating with the visitors was highly impressive.

Apart from being one of the biggest and busiest stands the Waterford Stand is the only one with all aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) presented. Despite the high quality of the displays and activities we place the emphasis on the interaction between our team and the visitors. This is where meaningful promotion of STEM occurs.

Coillte kindly sponsored 5,000 indigenous trees which were distributed by WIT Forestry Lecturer, Dr Nick McCarthy. To date well over 50,000 trees have been given out. These are growing in every county now promoting biodiversity and removing carbon from the atmosphere and helping young people appreciate and understand trees- a very significant contribution.

In addition we had square wheeled cars, giant maths games, electromagnetics, chemistry, health science, physics, microbiology, freshwater and marine tanks, and WIT Electronics student project Robots.

Congratulations BT, all the project team for a great event. Golden Jubilee congratulations to Tony Scott who founded the event with the late Fr Tom Burke from UCD.

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