Fort Hill students shortlisted for Young Scientist of the Year contest

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Three of Year 14 pupils from Fort Hill Integrated College, Jack Hanna, Katie Bailey and Michael Clarke have qualified for the prestigious ‘BT Young Scientist and Technology’ competition in Dublin.

Their project on the antibacterial properties of soap was one of only 550 projects that qualified out of almost 2100 entries.

The pupils and Science teacher, Mr McCormick, will be travelling to Dublin in January and will spend three days exhibiting their project, with the chance to win a ‘BT Young Scientist of the Year’ trophy and a share of a large cash prize.

With no other schools in Lisburn and Greater Belfast in the competition qualifying, Fort Hill College are flying the regional flag for Science.

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, was on hand recently to help BT Ireland announce a record number of entries for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which takes place on January 11-14, 2017.

Some 2,091 project ideas were submitted by secondary students from 375 schools across the island, an increase of 2% from the 2016 exhibition.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD said: “The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a fantastic platform for so many students in Ireland and it is a testament to all involved, that in its 53rd year, the event still continues to grow in such strength and numbers.

“I have been to the exhibition on numerous occasions and it is extremely inspiring and encouraging to see the talent that is being nurtured as students develop their ideas and bring them to life on a national stage.

“I congratulate all schools and their pupils who have taken the time to submit projects and I wish everyone the very best of luck.”