May 16, 2005

Heats get Underway for Seagate Young Innovators Final

SPRINGTOWN, Northern Ireland - Five local schools from the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) area have secured a place at the final of the Primary School Technology Challenge, a major part of Seagate Young Innovators-one of the largest showcases of science, technology and engineering school projects in the United Kingdom. Seagate Young Innovators takes place later this year on Thursday 23rd June 2005, at the Odyssey Arena, and is organised by Sentinus.

The heats for this event are organized throughout the Province by the Education & Library Boards and this year 75 primary schools took part in the SELB area, eager to earn a place in the final at Seagate Young Innovators.

This year the challenge for the Primary 7 pupils, working in teams of three, was entitled 'Rescue at Sea'. It required pupils to design and make a device that can be used to get a rescue line from the shore to someone in difficulty in a rough sea. The model had to be built on a corrugated base and be accurate enough to propel a rope and safety ring to a specific point 70cms away. If that wasn't difficult enough they had the added pressure to complete this task within an hour and secure a solution of a high enough standard to place them in the top five.

The winning schools were: St Patrick's Primary Aughacommon from Lurgan; Coagh Primary School; Edenderry Primary School from Banbridge; Clare Primary School from Tandragee; and Fairhill Primary School from Dromore.

Brian Burns, plant manager at Seagate's Limavady facility, believes that Seagate Young Innovators encourages an early interest in science, engineering and technology.

"As a partnership between Sentinus, the largest provider of business education activity in the United Kingdom, and Seagate, the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, Seagate Young Innovators is one of the largest events of its kind in the UK," he said. "As such it provides an excellent platform to showcase and encourage the potential of Northern Ireland's young people in these fields.

"It's great that school children are being encouraged to take an interest in science from such an early age through the Primary Science and Technology Challenge. It's certainly one of the most popular sections of Seagate Young Innovators - so much so that it is one of only two categories requiring heats to pre-select participants for the Odyssey final."

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. 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 has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 1,800 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.

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliates. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Specified storage capacities reflect standard configurations exclusive of operating system or other software formatting.

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.