BT Young Scientist award for Wellington College student

Harvey Donnelly, a 4th year student at Wellington College has won the overall Northern Ireland award at the 2018 BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition.


His project looked at modelling electrochemical cell reactions, and was one of the 550 finalist projects presented over four days at the RDS in Dublin.

David Castles, Principal of Wellington College said,

We are very proud of Harvey’s achievement.  This is a great example of how young people are able to engage with the issues society faces and use technology to offer innovative solutions. Our ethos at Wellington is to engage, educate and empower, and Harvey’s project really shows this in action.

Harvey takes up every opportunity he is offered, and I’m so pleased for both him and our Head of Physics, Mr Cardwell, who has supported him to develop and deliver this exciting project.

Sara McCracken, Head of Marketing, Research and Communication added,

CSSC and BT have developed a partnership around BTYSE which saw a number of teachers and CSSC officers travel to the RDS to see the exhibition.

We were inspired by the range of ideas that the students have researched through their projects, as well as the confidence and enthusiasm they had in talking about their findings.

It is a great achievement to reach the final of BTYSE, with many finalists going on to further develop their ideas and bring them to market.

However BTYSE is more than a science and technology competition.  From speaking to teachers who are already involved, it is about encouraging students to develop their own ideas and projects, and the life skills they will gain in participating.

If you would like to learn more about BTYSE, please contact your school support officer or visit the BTYSE website.


15 January 2018