BD STEM Stars Competition

BD STEM Stars Competition 2019-10-23T15:52:02+00:00

BD Research Centre Ireland is currently running a competition for secondary school students in Co. Clare and Co. Limerick

The competition is all about advancing the world of health through STEM! Identify a problem in health care and show us how you would solve it using STEM subjects.

The prize is a whopping €10,000 for first place and €5,000 for two runners up. The prize is to be used to promote STEM in your school.

Deadline now extended to 8 November 2019

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Entering the competition is easy

Using video, photography, audio, Powerpoint or a Google Docs presentation (or a combination of the above) simply tell us how you would go about solving a common healthcare problem through the use of the STEM subjects. Presentation and audio/videos should be no longer than 5 minutes in duration. The closing date for entry is 8 November 2019.

Be as creative as you like and we’d love to see you having some fun during the process!

The competition is open to individual students, a group of students or the whole class. The prize is €10,000 to promote STEM education in your school and there are two runner-up prizes of €5,000.

Upload your entry here with the following details:

user name: BD-RCI-STEM-Stars,
password: Bright$tars9791.

(Once you’ve added your entry you will receive an ‘Upload successful’ message on-screen. However your submission won’t be visible.)

For any queries please email [email protected]

All entries will be evaluated by a team of scientists and engineers from BD RCI (BD’s Research Centre in Limerick) and all participants will be updated before December 2019.

Entries must come from secondary schools in counties Limerick and Clare, Republic of Ireland only.

For terms and conditions click here

Need inspiration?

Need inspiration for getting started on your entry or getting started on thinking about STEM? You’re in the right place!Here you’ll find tips and ideas that will inspire you to think all things STEM in the classroom.

BD supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help patients and health care providers.

Is there a health problem that you would like to solve that would have a direct impact on the people around you?

Trust your imagination and consider health problems that you are interested in and passionate about. Question your thinking – what, how, why is this a problem?

Explore and develop solutions by researching the topic. Think up a variety of solutions and identify the best one.

Ask your teacher for support and use the resources available to you. Could you set up a brainstorming session with your class? Work as part of a team and set up regular meetings to discuss the project. Could you also ask your parents and peers for their help and advice?

Include evidence to back up your solution, and check that your data is accurate.

Think about your audience – you want to communicate your solution to everyone. Explain it to your parents, friends and teachers first — do they understand it?

What’s your story? Speak/write clearly, listing each step of your project and form it into a story. You could also use pictures and/or films to bring your project to life.

  • Have you included the following elements in your competition entry?
  • A summary of the problem you wish to solve or improve
  • Information on you and/or the team
  • The question you are asking
  • Evidence of research and/or testing you have carried out
  • The results of your tests/research
  • A conclusion on the problem and solution that you have developed

Note on permissions and references – while you can get inspiration from other sources, the competition entry you submit must be your own original work. Important to read the terms and conditions of entry.

How can teachers support students?

The BD Stem Stars competition is designed to make a meaningful impact to STEM education in the Limerick and Clare areas.

The competition mechanic has been created to get both teachers and pupils thinking about innovative ways they can advance the world of health through STEM.

Submissions should be as creative as possible and should demonstrate how the student/s came up with the health topic, what the issue or problem is, what ideas they have to solve it and how the STEM subjects can be applied in coming up with a solution.