Young minds set to showcase science skills

YOUNG Innovators from Banbridge are preparing to show off their science skills at the largest science fair in Northern Ireland - the Sentinus Young Innovators Exhibition which will take place on June 19 at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

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

Throughout the academic year, Sentinus has worked with students ranging from primary and post-primary to further and higher education colleges to develop innovative projects which cover the STEM spectrum from renewable energy, medical devices and software development. On the day projects will be judged by over 160 industry experts, all of whom volunteer their time and knowledge to help progress the STEM agenda in Northern Ireland.

On the day Jason Corr form Banbridge Academy will be there to display his SUNSAFE project which measures the level of ultraviolet light outside.

At the event the young scientists will compete for the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland on a global scale at two of the largest international science exhibitions – International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environmental Project (I-SWEEEP) and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Speaking ahead of the Young Innovators event Sentinus Projects Director, Bill Connor, said: “Sentinus is actively addressing the recommendations set out by the STEM Review.

The Young Innovators Exhibition is just one way we are helping to enhance the younger generations’ interest in STEM as a means of growing NI’s knowledge economy. On the 19th June the Odyssey Arena will become a bustling hub of science activity with over 600 school children proudly displaying their innovative projects, and a further 2,500 attending to participate in a wide range of shows, workshops and activities. The event will highlight the wealth of talent that lies in NI schools and colleges and demonstrate the practical value of encouraging the uptake of STEM subjects from a young age.”