Jun 11, 2004

Seagate Young Innovators Ready to Shine Brightly

SPRINGTOWN, Northern Ireland - Seagate Young Innovators, a flagship event of organisers Sentinus, will take place this year on Friday 18th June at the Odyssey Arena.

TV personality Frank Mitchell will announce the winners of the various categories at the Awards Ceremony at the end of the day.

Forty nine Primary Schools have qualified to compete in the finals of the Primary Science & Technology Challenge and Junior Engineers for Britain at Seagate Young Innovators, having overcome intense competition from hundreds of other schools that participated in the regional heats. Entries are also still filtering in for the Primary School Challenge, a section that requires no qualifying heats, where schools dedicate months of project work within the classroom to get the opportunity to exhibit their projects and compete at the Odyssey event.

To date, over forty secondary and grammar schools have also entered Seagate Young Innovators to compete for the titles of Northern Ireland Young Scientist, and Young Engineer for Britain. Special award winners in these categories will get the opportunity to compete in other science fairs across the globe as part of their prize.

Keen to develop and nurture future generations' interest in science, technology and engineering, William O'Kane, senior production director at Seagate's Limavady facility, says: "I'm delighted that once again, the interest in science is as strong in the primary school sector, as it is at secondary level. It's an encouraging sign that school children are being encouraged to take an interest in science from an early age. Seagate Young Innovators is a partnership between Seagate and Sentinus which provides an excellent platform to showcase and encourage the fantastic ideas and potential that Northern Ireland's young people demonstrate annually."

Looking forward to packing hundreds of bright ideas into a day, Brian Campbell of Sentinus, the competition organisers, said: "I'm anticipating being bowled over by the ideas that the children come up with - the quality of projects seems to get better and better each year. Events like this are paramount for our economic future as they encourage and develop our next generation of scientists. Now in the sixth year of the event, we're seeing some of our previous competitors commence careers in the fields of science, engineering and technology."

Schools participating this year at Seagate Young Innovators currently are:

Junior Engineers for Britain - QUALIFIERS
Heat 1 - Londonderry

Ebrington Primary School, Londonderry
Culmore Primary School
Drumachose Primary School, Limavady
St Eugenes Primary School, Derry
St John's Primary School, Derry
Heat 2 - Enniskillen
Aghadrumsee Primary School
Bridgehill Primary School, Castlederg
Enniskillen Model Primary School
Killen Primary School, Castlederg
Lack Primary School, Enniskillen
Heat 3 - Armagh
Aughnacloy Primary School
Ballinderry Primary School
Blessed Patrick O'Loughran Primary School
Seagoe Primary School, Portadown
St Peter's Primary School, Cloughreagh
The Cope Primary School, Loughgall
Heat 4 - Ballymoney
Carniny Primary School, Ballymena
Dalriada Primary School, Ballymoney
Portglenone Primary School
Randalstown Primary School
Heat 5 - Belfast
Holy Rosary Primary School, Belfast
Meadow Bridge Primary School, Hillsborough
St Anthony's Primary School, Larne
St Colman's Primary School, Lisburn
Whitehead Primary School

Primary Science & Technology Challenge - QUALIFIERS

Florencecourt Primary School, Enniskillen
Good Shepherd Primary School, Derry
Lisnagelvin Primary School, Derry
Omagh County Primary School, Campsie
St Oliver Plunkett Primary School, Beragh
Carhill Integrated, Garvagh
Greystone PS, Antrim
St John's PS, Carnlough
St John's PS, Swatragh
All Children's Integrated, Newcastle
Ballycarrickmaddy, Lisburn
Carrickmannon PS, Ballygowan
Loughries PS, Newtownards
St Joseph's PS, Lisburn
Holy Rosary PS, Belfast
Orangefield PS, Belfast
Rosetta PS, Belfast
St Aidan's PS, Belfast
St Therese of Lisieux PS, Belfast
Ballydown PS, Banbridge
Fairhill PS, Dromore
St Mary's PS, Pomeroy
St Patrick's PS, Armagh
Tannaghmore PS, Lurgan

Primary School Challenge - Schools Entered:
All Children's Integrated, Newcastle
Armagh Royal Preparatory
Ballykeel Primary School, Ballymena
Carniny Primary School, Ballymena
Dalrida Predatory, Ballymoney
Hamilstonsbawn Primary School
Killowen Primary School, Coleraine
Kilmoyle Primary School, Ballymoney
Kilross Primary School, Tobermore
Portstewart Primary School
St Colman's Primary School, Dromore
St Colman's Primary School, Laurencetown
St Columbas Primary School, Kilrea
St Patrick's and St Joseph's Federated Primary School, Coleraine

Northern Ireland Young Scientists - Schools Entered:
Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast
Catholic University School, Dublin
Community College Balbriggan
Foyle & Londonderry College
Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny
O'Fiaich College, Dundalk
Omagh Academy
Our Lady's College, Greenhill, Drogheda, Co Louth
Our Lady's Grammar, Newry
Sacred Heart Grammar, Newry
St Dominics Secondary, Dublin
St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon
St Patrick's High School, Keady
St Paul's College, Dublin
St Peter's College, Dunboyne, Co Meath
Strathearn School
The Wallace High

Young Engineers for Britain - Schools Entered:
Abbey Grammar, Newry
Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast
Banbridge High School
Belfast Royal Academy
Collegiate Grammar, Enniskillen
Cookstown High School
Dalriada School, Ballymoney
Grosvenor Grammar, Belfast
Kilkeel High School
Limavady Grammar
Loreto College
Our Lady's Grammar, Newry
Portadown College
Rathmore Grammar, Belfast
St Aidans Comprehensive, Cootehill, Co Cavan
St Catherine's College, Armagh
St Colman's College, Newry
St Colmcille's High, Crossgar
St Dominics Grammar School
St Joseph's Boys High
St Mary's Grammar, Magherafelt
St Mary's High School, Lurgan
St Mary's High School, Newry
St Patrick's High School, Keady
St Rose's High, Belfast

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering 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 and Seagate Technology are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC.

Sentinus 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 on their development in readiness for the world of work.

Further information can be obtained from Sentinus on Belfast (028) 9036 6682.