Minister for Education NI – Caitriona Ruane

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

Commenting at an event in Stormont for students from Northern Ireland who entered BTYS&TE 11 – Minister Caitriona Ruane said – The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition strives to stimulate the interest and imagination of everyone who visits the exhibition each year. Not only that, it is a fun event which allows young people from north and south the opportunity to meet their peers and perhaps learn from each other and experience science and technology at first hand.

“I attended the awards ceremony last year, as I have in previous years, and it was fantastic to see many of our schools receiving recognition for their work. However, it’s not just about winning prizes, this is a competition where taking part is an achievement in itself. “The importance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) cannot be overstated. Schools which afford science and technology a priority in both their curriculum and their extra-curricular activities will help us create a workforce that can fill skills gaps in society and help drive our economy. They also provide our young people with the skills that they will need to take advantage of the opportunities offered by today’s increasingly global economy.”

The Minister added: “I would like to thank the organising team at BT together with their many volunteers, all the participating schools, teachers, the judges and of course, you the students, for the continued support for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and for all the energy, enthusiasm and professionalism that is put into this wonderful competition every year. “I wish you all well for the future in your academic studies and future careers, and good luck to those of you who will be participating in the finals in January.”

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