Over 700 Young Engineers from schools across Northern Ireland attended the ‘Sentinus Big Bang Ballymena’ exhibition held at the Braid Centre recently. A major focus of the event was a Celebration Day for the Sentinus Team R&D programme, representing a culmination of six months’ research and development work alongside industry to deliver innovative and creative solutions to current problems. Throughout the day students displayed their projects and presented their findings to a panel of judges.
The science fair is a warm up to the main Young Innovators in June and showcases the students’ innovative projects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Sentinus is an educational charity working with over 60,000 people a year in Northern Ireland to deliver programmes that promote engagement in STEM and inspire students to consider a career in the sectors.
The Sentinus Team R&D project is vital to the development of the Northern Ireland knowledge economy, partnering A-Level students at a pivotal stage in making their career decision, with engineers and scientists from local businesses. With support from local universities R&D departments, the aim is to inspire students to consider a career in STEM by giving them ownership of a current, real world, industrial problem.
On the day the projects were assessed by industry experts, all of whom volunteer their time and knowledge to help progress the STEM agenda in Northern Ireland. The event, supported by Department of Education, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Invest NI, was part of the UK wide programme ‘Big Bang Near Me’ which is the largest celebration of STEM for young people in the UK.
Taken from Ambition – Chamber of Commerce