Posted on Wednesday 20 June 2012 by Ulster Business

Sentinus

Pictured at the Sentinus Young Innovators Exhibition at the Odyssey Arena are Jay Kennedy and Jack McDonald from Kells and Conor Primary School, putting the final touches to their science project.

Hundreds of school children across Northern Ireland gathered yesterday at the Sentinus Young Innovators Exhibition at the Odyssey Arena to showcase their innovative projects in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The annual STEM showcase is organised by Sentinus, the leading promoter of science and technology in schools, and is designed to engage young minds and demonstrate the practical value of STEM subjects in schools.

At the event young scientists ranging from primary and post-primary to further and higher education colleges showcased their innovative STEM projects that they had developed throughout the academic year with the support of Sentinus Ambassadors and partners in the business community.

On the day the projects were judged by over 160 industry experts, all of whom volunteer their time and knowledge to help progress the STEM agenda in Northern Ireland. Students were also exposed to the practical application of STEM in the workplace with 30 interactive stands provided by universities and employers.

Speaking at the event Brian Campbell, Chief Executive of Sentinus, said: “The projects on display at the Young Innovators event highlight the talent that lies in our education institutions however we must accept that there is still a major skills shortage which is hampering the ability of companies to develop and expand in NI. It is imperative that we continue to support the provision of STEM education in NI if we are to produce and staff more STEM based businesses that will contribute to economic growth for the region.”

Enterprise Minster Arlene Foster added: “Innovation and the exploitation of science and technology is at the heart of the Executive’s Economic Strategy. If we are to compete successfully in global markets, we need to see many more of our young people enthused and engaged in studying science technology, engineering and mathematics. That is why I am heartened to see so many of our next generation of entrepreneurs, technologists and innovators here today.”

 

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