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Win €10,000 for your school! Register on or before Nov 30th 2020!

2020 competition

For us, STEM subjects are all about advancing the world of health. Using as many STEM subjects as possible identify a problem in healthcare and show us in a video how you would go about solving it. Be creative and make sure to tell us how you came up with the issue or problem, and how you have used the STEM subjects to find a solution. Have you run your own experiments in the lab? Have you built a prototype? Even better! We’d love to see it in your video!

About STEM

Did you know that the STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are not just subjects for the classroom or the lab? They are part of your everyday life! Check out just 5 surprising areas of STEM that quite literally might be right up your street!

Ever wondered what it’s like to work in an area of research that has a real-life effect on human health? Then STEM will set your heart racing.

Interested in technology, computer programming, software engineering or even artificial intelligence? STEM might just be your gig-abyte.

If creating spaces for people to live and work in is your passion, then STEM is for you. Urban planners, architects, civil and environmental engineers all over the country use STEM subjects to help design and build our communities.

Too interested in fashion, art and design to think about STEM? Think again. Whether you're designing hats, shoes or clothes, you need geometry to create your shapes, algebra to develop your designs, and arithmetic to bring your ideas to market.

Music might be your passion, but the STEM subjects are still note-worthy! Reading music, as well as creating music through rhythm, timing and pitch, have lots of similarities with maths.

It's time for you!

Use STEM to show us how you would solve a healthcare problem! We are all about advancing the world of health™.

Evaluation and prizes

The prize is a whopping €10,000 to promote STEM education in your school and there are two runner-up prizes of €5,000. All entries will be evaluated by a team of scientists and engineers from BD RCI (BD’s Research Centre in Limerick). Winning schools will be informed of the winning entry by e-mail on March 1st 2021.

Few tips on how to start

Involve a teacher who can guide and advise you (read here how teachers can support students):

  • Brainstorm with your team, or with friends / family. All ideas have merit, so ensure that everyone in the group has an opportunity to contribute.

  • Health problems that you understand or have experience of can be a great starting point. 

  • Whether an individual or team project, set up regular meetings.

  • Talk with everyone you can – friends, teachers, engineers, scientists, professional organisations and community contacts. They will all help you to consider your topic in different ways.

  • Think of documented research available to you (Internet, libraries, third level colleges and universities).

  • Planning is your friend.

  • Don't forget to have fun!


In order to participate, you must register for the competition.

Registration closes Nov 30th, 2020. To register simply send the following details to :


School Name/E-mail address/Phone no.


STEM Teacher's Name/E-mail address/Phone no.


Name of the project

After registration, you will be supplied with an individual username and password with a link to upload your submission. Finalised submissions should be uploaded by Feb 19th, 2021 using the link, username and password supplied after registration. Entries must come from secondary schools in counties Limerick and Clare, ROI only. The competition is open to individual students, a group of students or the whole class.


Submissions must be in video format (no longer than 5 mins) and should include: the name of the school, the name(s) of participating students and teacher(s), the name of the project. In addition to support your project, submit a document with an introduction, details of experiments and results, contacts you spoke with, reference materials and finally a summary.

Winners in 2019

Check out the amazing ideas the 2019 winners came up with! To read teachers' and students' testimonials click here.

Stress and Anxiety in Teenagers and how blue light therapy can help

Thomond Community College

Automated Medicine Management and Dispensing Unit

Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh

Design and Development of an Enhanced Digital Stethoscope for Remote Auscultation

Desmond College

Four other schools were also awarded €1000 in STEM funding each for their highly commended entries including:

    • Villiers School for their study into the effectiveness of the male HPV vaccination

    • Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis, for a solution they envisioned to monitor vitamin D in the body

    • Limerick Educate Together, who developed a solution for paramedics and emergency care workers to retrieve critical patient data in case of a medical emergency

    • Salesion Secondary College, Pallaskenry, for intervention on infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria

For Terms and Conditions of the competition click here.

Need inspiration?

Check what problems our 2019 winners tackled. 


How teachers can support students 

Check this section to learn more about teachers' role in the BD STEM Stars competition. 


Terms and Conditions of the competition

Before entering our BD STEM Stars competition, make sure to read the ground rules.


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