Friends mocked her for taking 'boy subjects'... but now Eimhear will get paid to do techie degree
Friends poked fun at her for taking "boy subjects" but Eimhear Carey had the last laugh after securing a university scholarship thanks to her scientific mind.
The 18-year-old, who attended St Killian's College in Carnlough, Co Antrim, has been selected for Deloitte's Bright Start programme.
Through this she will complete her degree in business with computing at the Ulster University over five years, receiving a salary throughout her studies and then potentially getting a job at the end.
Eimhear developed her love of science through the BT Young Scientist competition, into which she entered a time-compressed transport tester - a device to estimate damage done to goods during travel - and came second.
The gadget, which is now being used by Camlin Power in Lisburn, helped Eimhear land her technology consultant role with Deloitte.
"I've been interested in technology since first form," she said. "There were a lot of girls in our technology class, but it was perceived as a boys' subject. Some people used to laugh at me.
"It (the time-compressed transport tester) was a lot of work, but well worth it in the end.
"It was great to see all the other people's projects, and actually quite inspiring. I think that it helped me stand out when applying for Deloitte.
"Now I am hoping to get my A-levels, the Deloitte offer and a permanent job at the end of it all.
"It's nice to have the offer when many other people I know are still considering whether they should go to university."
Eimhear's teacher Sean Connolly said the BT Young Scientist competition helped encourage many school-age youngsters to get involved in technology.
"We have taken part in the competition for the last four years since our school was formed," Mr Connolly added.
"The competition has sparked a lot of interest in science and technology, and more and more pupils are coming forward with new ideas for each year's entry.
"We currently have four groups of pupils working on innovative projects for entry this year. There is no doubt that having taken part in the competition sets the pupils apart when it comes to gaining employment or securing sponsorship for university courses.
"The time-compressed transport tester from last year stands out as a very good project, and this device is currently being used by Camlin Power in Lisburn."
The BT Young Scientist competition is still accepting entries.
The closing date is September 29.
The 2016 exhibition will take place from January 6-9 next year at the RDS in Dublin.
As well as the incentive of getting a project shortlisted and experiencing a week at the exhibition in Dublin, there are more than 120 teacher and pupil awards to be won, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year.
- For further information on the exhibition and for details on how you can enter, simply visit www.btyoungscientist.com