Jun 05, 2008

Primary Schools Engineer A Place At Seagate Young Innovators

SPRINGTOWN, Northern Ireland - Twenty-five primary schools across Northern Ireland have won places at Seagate Young Innovators, on Thursday 19th June at the Odyssey Arena, to take part in the Junior Engineers for Britain regional final.

Sentinus and Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) annually team up to run Seagate Young Innovators, the largest showcase of science, engineering and technology projects for young people in the United Kingdom. Sentinus is one of the largest providers of business education activities in Europe, and Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives.

Junior Engineers for Britain gives primary pupils, in teams of two, the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by designing and building a model using K’Nex construction kits. This year’s task involved designing and building a funfair ride.

Keen to develop young peoples’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), John Spangler, vice president and managing director at Seagate’s Springtown facility, said; “We are fully behind encouraging innovative thinking from an early age. Seagate proactively supports numerous projects annually that help develop interest in STEM careers amongst young people.”

“Junior Engineers for Britain helps develop a range of key educational skills - creative thinking, teamwork, project planning, time management and more,” says Brian Campbell, chief executive of Sentinus.

“Seagate Young Innovators is our flagship event and has been running for over ten years. We’re now at a stage where we hear annually about previous participants who’ve taken up STEM courses at higher education level and are now following successful careers in engineering or science. That is the real pay off for us.”

The following twenty-five schools will have teams striving to become finalist ‘Junior Engineers for Britain’ at Seagate Young Innovators:

Brooklands Primary School, Dundonald
Bush Primary School, Dungannon
Carnaght’s Primary School, Ballymena
Drumgor Primary School, Craigavon
Gortin Primary School, Omagh
Kells & Connor Primary School
Lisbellaw Primary School, Fermanagh
Moira Primary School
Nazareth House Primary School, Derry
Newtownbutler Primary School, Fermanagh
Portglenone Primary School
Randalstown Central PS
Rockport School, Holywood
Rosemount Primary School, Derry
St Colman’s Abbey Primary School, Newry
St Davog’s Primary School, Enniskillen
St Johns Primary School, Gilford, Craigavon
St Malachy’s PS, Coleraine
St Mary’s PS, Maguiresbridge
St Mary’s PS, Saintfield
St Marys PS, Cargan, Ballymena
St Marys PS, Mullymesker, Enniskillen
St Matthew’s PS, Castlewellan
St Theresa’s Primary School, Strabane
Whitehouse Primary School, Newtownabbey

About Sentinus
Sentinus is a not for profit organisation and is one of the largest providers of business/education activity in the United Kingdom. Through the establishment of partnerships between education and industry, the organisation creates an awareness of the exciting opportunities available to young people in science, engineering and technology and assists their development in readiness for the world of work.

As part of a national network of SETPOINTs Sentinus has a strong focus on young people, from 5 to 19 years old, enhancing their life skills through challenging and exciting experiences with an industrial focus.

Sentinus initiatives promote innovation and creativity in science, technology and engineering and give pupils from our schools the opportunity to work with other people, gain real experience of practical problem solving, develop communication skills and make informed career decisions.

The work of Sentinus is supported by many companies and organisations throughout Northern Ireland, providing vital opportunities for young people, nurturing the workforce of tomorrow and making a real impact on society.

Further information can be obtained from Sentinus on Belfast (028) 9262 7755.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives and storage solutions, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the time-to-market leader in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at http://www.seagate.com

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries.

Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 2,200 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a hard drive product. The Company’s Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminium substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.