Nov 08, 2006

Seagate Helps Expand Girls' Career Horizons

Seagate Technology will bring the first 'Expanding Your Horizons' conference, outside of the United States, to Northern Ireland on Saturday 11th November at Lumen Christi College. The conference, aimed at young women in Year 10, is designed to highlight the opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

In the past, the educational focus was on encouraging girls to consider studying science subjects. Today, girls are often choosing to study these subjects but females remain underrepresented in careers that utilize them. As well as encouraging girls to study the subjects, Seagate's Expanding Your Horizons conference aims to encourage girls to put that knowledge into practice and consider the wide range of careers that are available to them through study of the sciences.

In the U.S., Seagate is a keen supporter of the 'Expanding Your Horizons' network, which has been running conferences there for over thirty years. As part of the partnership between the two organisations, it was decided to instigate the first international conference. For Seagate, the obvious place to start was on the doorstep of its European plants here in Springtown and Limavady.

The decision on venue and educational partner to facilitate the conference was made when the North West's Lumen Christi College was awarded Specialist Science School status earlier this year. This business-education partnership expects more than 100 participants from schools across the North West to attend the event.

The conference's attractive programme includes an inspirational keynote address, eleven fun interactive workshops, and a careers panel of female role models who will share their career experiences.

Delighted to be involved in facilitating the first Seagate Expanding Your Horizons event in Europe, Rosemary McDaid, vice principal of Lumen Christi College, says, "Each of the workshops is designed to let the girls experience, in a fun way, a basic science activity that the female workshop facilitator often utilizes within her day-to-day career. For example, girls will experience the link between baking and the building of thin film heads; launching their own hand-made rocket; and making their own computer game to take home, to name but a few."

The workshop facilitators are all female professionals who utilise science in their jobs. They include a number of women from Seagate, as well as women from Lumen Christi College, Invista, NIE, Greencastle Planetarium, Think Differently, NI Ambulance Service, Carmel Murray Opticians, The Nerve Centre, and a variety of games software developers to deliver the range of workshops.

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.

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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 the recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a computer's hard drive. 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.