For the fourth consecutive year, ABP Food Group will sponsor the special Farm Safety award at BTYSTE. The company is calling on secondary school students with a keen interest in Farm Safety to enter a project on the issue for next year’s BT Young Scientist Expo. Students should register their expressions of interest by 25th September by logging onto the BT Young Scientist 2018 website.
The “ABP Farm Safety Award” recognises projects which focus on either improving safety on farms or help educate people about the dangers on farms. ABP hopes that the category will encourage students from both farming and non-farming backgrounds to learn more about farm safety and investigate issues that affect farms today. Last year’s ABP Farm Safety project was won by Jack Nagle, from Killorglin Community College in Kerry with a ‘Tractor Safe Lock’ project.
Martin Kane, Managing Director ABP Ireland, said: “Recent studies have shown that farming is Ireland’s most dangerous occupation. Through this sponsorship, ABP Food Group wants to increase awareness particularly amongst young people about the dangers on our farms and finding solutions to these dangers. The farm safety prize is open to all secondary school students who enter a Farm Safety Project for next year’s competition. We would encourage anyone who is interested in helping find solutions to the safety issues on Irish farms to apply.”
ABP Food Group will also have a farm safety zone at the exhibition where students and visitors will have the opportunity to pledge their support to making farms a safer place. The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is now in its 54th year and is one of the largest and longest running STEM events in the world. The theme for BTYSTE 2018 is “it starts here” highlighting and celebrating the role the exhibition can play in captivating a love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. BTYSTE 2018 will take place in the RDS, Dublin from 10th -13th January 2018.