Jun 13, 2006

Kids Engineer a Place at Seagate Young Innovators

SPRINGTOWN, Northern Ireland - Twenty five Primary Schools have pitted their wits and ingenuity against the challenges of engineering to secure a place at this year's Seagate Young Innovators, which is organized by Sentinus and takes place on Friday 23 June 2006 at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

These primary schools have qualified for a place through the Junior Engineers for Britain (JEB) competition, one of two Seagate Young Innovators categories, which due to demand, require pre-selection heats.

At the regional heats that have just taken place across the Province, the challenge for Primary 7 pupils in teams of two, involved a design and build task using K'Nex pieces to encourage children to develop basic engineering skills. With a limited period to undertake the project, pupils where tasked with building an innovative model item of playground apparatus that would be sturdy, yet eye-catching.

Looking forward to how the finalists will approach the next challenge, Brian Burns, plant manager at Seagate's Limavady facility says; "I look forward to the solutions that the children come up with each year. Early encouragement of the principles of science, engineering and technology in the classroom is imperative to develop and maintain a competitive edge in the knowledge based economy."

"As the world's leading hard disc drive manufacturer, we've developed a complimentary partnership through this event with Sentinus, the UK's largest provider of business education activity. Our organizations are both committed to enhancing and developing the skills of our young people and helping them achieve their potential," he added.

The school teams that have qualified for a place at the JEB final at Seagate Young Innovators are:

* Dromore PS

* St Mary's PS, Maguiresbridge

* Maguiresbridge PS

* Aghadrumsee PS, Enniskillen

* Lisbellaw PS

* Ballynahinch PS * Oakwood Integrated PS

* Rockport School, Holywood

* Whitehead PS

* McKinney PS, Crumlin

* Meadowbridge PS, Hillsborough

* Fairview PS, Ballyclare

* Portglenone PS

* Randalstown PS

* Harryville PS, Ballymena

* Ashgrove PS, Newtownabbey

* Aughnacloy PS

* Omagh County PS

* St Patrick's PS, Armagh

* Drumgor PS, Craigavon

* Hamilstonbawn PS

* Drumachose PS, Limavady

* Drumahoe PS, Londonderry

* Gibson PS, Omagh

* Nazareth House PS, Londonderry

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, 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 2,000 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.

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 Lisburn (028) 9262 7755.