Young innovators get ready to show off their science skills

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YOUNG innovators from several Newtownabbey schools are preparing to show off their science skills at the largest science fair in Northern Ireland - the Sentinus Young Innovators Exhibition, which will take place on June 19 at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

The annual science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) showcase is organised by Sentinus, one of the leading organisations in the UK promoting science and technology in school, and is designed to engage young minds and demonstrate the practical value of STEM subjects in schools.

Schools attending from Newtownabbey will include Mossley Primary, Straid Primary and Belfast High.

Throughout the academic year, Sentinus has worked with students ranging from primary and post-primary to further and higher education colleges to develop innovative projects which cover the STEM spectrum, from renewable energy and medical devices to software development. On the day projects will be judged by over 160 industry experts, all of whom volunteer their time and knowledge to help progress the STEM agenda in Northern Ireland.

At the event the young scientists will compete for the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland on a global scale at two of the largest international science exhibitions - International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environmental Project (I-SWEEEP) and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Speaking ahead of the Young Innovators event, Sentinus Projects Director, Bill Connor, said: “On June 19 the Odyssey Arena will become a bustling hub of science activity with over 600 school children proudly displaying their innovative projects, and a further 2,500 attending to participate in a wide range of shows, workshops and activities. The event will highlight the wealth of talent that lies in Northern Ireland schools and colleges and demonstrate the practical value of encouraging the uptake of STEM subjects from a young age.”