Jun 15, 2005

Schools Engineer a Place at Seagate Young Innovators Final

Twenty-five local schools have secured a place at the Seagate Young Innovators regional final of the Junior Engineers for Britain competition. Seagate Young Innovators, one of the largest showcases of science, technology and engineering school projects in the United Kingdom, takes place on Thursday 23rd June 2005, at the Odyssey Arena.

These elite Primary Schools have qualified to compete in the finals of the Junior Engineers for Britain competition at Seagate Young Innovators, having overcome intense competition from hundreds of other schools that participated in the regional heats.

The heats for this event are organized throughout the Province by Sentinus, one of the largest providers of business education activity in the United Kingdom, who also organize the finale event at the Odyssey Arena.

This year the design and build challenge for the Primary 7 pupils, working in teams of two, was entitled 'Spacebuggy'. It required pupils to design and make a device that can be used to carry two imaginary astronauts and their exploration equipment over the rough and uneven surface of the moon, while also incorporating a number of design specifications. The task had to be completed within an hour and a half time limit.

The 25 schools that qualified for a place in the Odyssey final, are (in no particular order):

St Mary's, Cargan, Ballymena Declan Kerr & Kieran O'Loan
Ballymoney Model PS Adam Kerr & Thomas Knight
Fairview PS, Ballyclare Richard Tweed & Matthew Brown
St Mary's PS, Gortaclea, Cushendall Conor McLaughlin & Julie McLaughlin
Castleroe PS, Coleraine Ronald McClelland & Ross Moore
St Malachy's PS, Coleraine Jack Lundy & John Giron
Aghadrumsee PS, Enniskillen Andrew Williamson& Lyle Hutchinson
Moat PS, Enniskillen Gary Phair & Nathan Kerr
Dromore PS, Co. Tyrone Adam Moore & Christopher Kee
St Mary's PS, Maguiresbridge Sorcha Thompson & Laura Allen
Florencecourt PS, Enniskillen Ashley Irwin & Richard Collum
Anahoris PS, Toomebridge Nathan Young & Aideen Roddy
Meadow Bridge PS, Hillsborough Lucy La Marche & Ian Nelson
Kircubbin Integrated PS Scott Galloway & Ryan Fitzsimmons
Holy Rosary PS, Belfast Vincent Robinson & Ciaran McManus
Rockport Prep School, Holywood Matthew Hastings & Dominic O'Donnell Burke
Poyntzpass PS Kyle Walker & William Boyce
Moneymore PS

Matthew Rea & Joel Nesbitt

Ballinderry PS Angus Stewart & Oliver Rusk
Aughnacloy PS Adam Stewart & Peter Vennard
Drumgor PS, Brownlow Daniel Robinson & Christopher Orr
St Joseph's PS, Bessbrook Adam King & Mark Brady
Hamiltonsbawn PS, Armagh Jemma Clarke & Christopher Tom McCartney
Ebrington PS, L'Derry Matthew Hayes & Luke Lyle
Killen PS, Castlederg Callum Young & Jamie Sproule

Brian Burns, plant manager at Seagate's Limavady facility, believes that Seagate Young Innovators is an excellent vehicle to encourage interest in engineering from an early age.

"As the Junior Engineers for Britain competition is one of only two Seagate Young Innovators' categories that require heats to pre-select participants for the regional final, it shows how popular engineering has become amongst primary school children," he said.

Bill Connor from Sentinus commented: "This competition has experienced tremendous growth, particularly from primary schools, since we commenced Seagate Young Innovators seven years ago. Young people up to the age of 18 years can take part through their school in a variety of Seagate Young Innovator categories, so each year I look forward to meeting familiar faces and watching them develop their skills."

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.

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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.