Jun 12, 2006

The Application of Science Wins Kids a Place at Seagate Young Innovators

SPRINGTOWN, Northern Ireland - Schoolchildren across the South Eastern Education & Library Board (SEELB) recently competed for a place at Seagate Young Innovators, one of the UK's largest platforms for science, technology and engineering school projects. This year the showcase event takes place on Friday 23 June at Belfast's Odyssey Arena.

Seagate Young Innovators, organized annually by Sentinus, the UK's largest provider of business education activity, involves a number of competition categories for both primary and secondary school pupils. The Primary Science and Technology Challenge (PSTC) is one of two such categories that require pre-selection heats due to the high level of interest from Primary Schools.

The recent local PSTC heat involved Primary 7 pupils competing in teams of three. Using the materials provided, the teams where given an hour to design and make a device that allowed a character of their choosing from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to come out off a model wardrobe and go back in.

The SEELB school teams who will now be making their way to Seagate Young Innovators final are All Children's Integrated Primary, Newcastle; Cedar Integrated Primary, Crossgar; McKinney Primary, Dundrod; Loughries Primary, Newtownards; and St Joseph's Primary, Lisburn.

"I heartily support encouraging an early interest in science, engineering and technology," says John Spangler, vice president of Seagate's Springtown facility. "It is these fields which have the potential to make the necessary groundbreaking changes to aid the growth of the local economy so it's important to inspire young people to consider the many challenging careers that are available."

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.