BT Young Scientists taking learning to new heights...

Illusionist David Meade joined students, from left, Ellen McAuley, Rachel Brown and Susanna Crabbe from Ballymena Academy in the dome at Victoria Square to launch the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
Illusionist David Meade joined students, from left, Ellen McAuley, Rachel Brown and Susanna Crabbe from Ballymena Academy in the dome at Victoria Square to launch the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
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Top illusionist and television mentalist David Meade has joined students in the dome at Victoria Square for a science lesson 148ft high to launch the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

Proving that science is not just lab coats and Bunsen burners, David helped students take their learning to new heights by hosting the dome’s first ever interactive science lesson in a bid to encourage young people to ‘Dream it, Do it’ and enter this year’s competition.

The event was hosted by BT to mark the official launch of the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition as the company calls on teachers and young people aged 12-19 from across Northern Ireland to get involved in the exhibition which will take place in January 2017 at the RDS in Dublin..

Individuals or groups must submit a one-page proposal outlining their project idea before September 29.

Entries can be made in any one of four categories within the STEM agenda: (science, technology, engineering and maths).

“I am very excited to be involved in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for a second year as I’m a huge advocate of anything that inspires and encourages young people to pursue their dreams and continue to learn,” said David Meade.

“As a former teacher myself, I understand the importance of encouraging young people to take what they’re learning in the class room or their day-to-day life and use their imagination to turn it into a fantastic idea, something which I practice regularly in my line of work.

“In my experience it’s about keeping an open mind, being open to new lessons, new experiences and new science. This world class competition is a great way of helping students imagine the possibilities that could lie ahead by simply dreaming it and doing it.”

Peter Morris, Head of Operations, for BT NI added, “As a major investor in Northern Ireland, we depend on talent and skills to drive our economy and the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition plays a key role in nurturing that future pool of talent.

“We’re keen for students to start thinking of science beyond its traditional form.

“Students who have experienced the exhibition understand that it is about much more than science, it’s about imagining an idea and then bringing that idea to life through research and development.

“Every discovery ever made came from a single idea and we want all teachers and students involved in science, technology, engineering, maths or the social sciences to challenge themselves to make that next big discovery through the exhibition.”