Jun 08, 2007

Seagate Young Innovators Aim to Light up the Odyssey with Bright Ideas

SPRINGTOWN, Northern Ireland - If you ever wondered how to make vegetables heat your home or whether the sun sank the Titanic, you'll find the answers and much more by visiting Seagate Young Innovators on Tuesday 12 June at Belfast's Odyssey Arena.

Around 800 young people, from primary, secondary and special schools will be participating in one of the following categories: 'Young Engineers for Britain', 'Northern Ireland Young Scientists', 'Primary Science & Technology Challenge', 'Junior Engineers for Britain', 'Special Schools Challenge' and 'Junior Industry Challenge'. Over 50 prizes will be on offer, including the opportunity to compete in other science fairs at national and international levels.

Now in its tenth year, this flagship event in the educational calendar promises to be filled with some of the most innovative ideas yet, thanks to Sentinus, one of the largest providers of business education activity in Europe, and sponsor Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives.

"Sentinus delivers projects which involve industry and education working in partnership. The process allows young people to experience the exciting opportunities available to them in the fields of science and engineering," said Brian Campbell, chief executive of Sentinus, as he prepares for the UK's biggest showcase of its kind. "Like all our initiatives, this event aims to promote innovation and creativity in these fields. Students from our schools can then work with people from industry, gain real experience of practical problem solving, develop communication skills and make informed career decisions."

John Spangler of Seagate Springtown, says Seagate chooses to work with Sentinus because it is a like-minded organization that assists the development of young people and helps prepare them for the world of work.

"Over the past few years, there has been much discussion on how best we can compete in a global economy and two recurring themes have emerged," said Spangler. "One is the need for a skilled, technologically literate workforce; the other is the importance of innovation. To realize these objectives, we must enthuse young people about science and technology and nurture their natural desire to innovate. Seagate Young Innovators does this in an exciting and enjoyable way and we're proud to be the event's title sponsor."

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, 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, and to be the low cost producer 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 www.seagate.com.

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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.