Budding Cork scientists urged to get ready for virtual event

Budding Cork scientists urged to get ready for virtual event
Pictured are Alan O'Sullivan and Cormac Harris, 2020 BT Young Scientist winners, with and 2018 BT Young Scientist Winner, Simon Meehan (centre), during their homecoming at Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Cork.Picture: Jim Coughlan

STUDENTS across Cork are being encouraged to get involved in the virtual BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2021.

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central Pádraig O’Sullivan is calling on students to aim to follow in the footsteps of the winners of this years’ competition as pupils get ready to return to school.

Alan O'Sullivan and Cormac Harris, both aged 16, and fourth year students from Colaiste Choilm, Cork, won the 2020 competition with their project entitled “a statistical investigation into the prevalence of gender stereotyping in five to seven- year-olds and the development of an initiative to combat gender bias.” Next year’s version of the exhibition, usually held in the RDS in Dublin will be online, in line with public health guidance.

Deputy O’Sullivan said that the importance of the science and technology sectors have never been as much to the fore as they were in 2020.

“We are all closely following the work scientists across the globe are undertaking in the development of a vaccine to beat Covid-19. Frontline medical staff and other staff in hospitals have rightly been heralded as heroes.

“Without their scientific backgrounds and technological advances in modern medicine we would be a long way off beating this virus,” the Cork North Central TD added.

He has encouraged students across Cork city and county to get involved in January’s competition.

“The upcoming exhibition will be held virtually. In many ways this will open it up to more competitors than before.

“When students return to school this September, I would encourage all to begin preparations on their projects. The deadline for applications is September 22nd,” concluded Deputy O’Sullivan.

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