May 27, 2008
“Seagate endeavours to find ways to help educational establishments encourage students to take up STEM subjects, to complement our continuing support of Seagate Young Innovators, the Seagate Real World Science Conference, and FOSEC’s Adopt-a-Class and Work Experience Programmes,” said John Spangler, vice president and managing director at Seagate’s Springtown facility.
“I hope that winning an award for STEM with these trophies will go some way towards motivating students. It’s no secret that a hi-tech company like Seagate relies on there being a well-populated future employment pool with STEM knowledge to staff our advanced manufacturing facility. Unfortunately, over the past several years, there has been a decrease in the number of students taking up STEM subjects and we’re committed to doing everything we can to reverse that trend. “
Fifteen schools are already working with Seagate to encourage the development of employable skills through their participation in FOSEC’s Adopt-a-Class programme. Each school gets a chance to bring classes to visit Seagate’s Springtown facility during the year to help them fulfill certain curriculum elements. To date, more than 360 students from 12 of these schools have been through Seagate’s doors during 21 visits made throughout this academic year under tailored programmes for science, business studies or employability.
Seagate has worked hard to develop a fun-filled interactive itinerary for these student visits to encourage them to pursue careers that ‘STEM’ from studying such subjects. In particular, a race to ‘gown up’ in head-to-toe protective clean room clothing is a much talked about finale on the employability visit. The recent donation of £10,000 by Seagate to FOSEC should help the organisation expand similar successful programmes and develop even more initiatives.
Spangler concluded by saying, “I would like to acknowledge our FOSEC associates who helped us communicate our perpetual trophy offer for each school visiting Seagate on the Adopt-a-Class programme. We have been delighted by the responses.”
The following 15 local schools accepted the offer of the perpetual STEM trophy from Seagate:
Belmont House School
Foyle and Londonderry College
Immaculate Conception College
Limavady High School
Lumen Christi College
Oakgrove Integrated College
St. Brigid’s College
St. Cecilia’s College
St. Columb’s College
St. Joseph’s Boys’ School
St. Mary’s College
St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid’s College
St. Peter’s High School
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives and storage solutions, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the time-to-market leader 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 http://www.seagate.com
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Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 2,200 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a hard drive product. 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.