Water way to go: pupils divine new innovation
Teams of young scientists from 30 secondary schools across Northern Ireland have been working with local companies to solve real-world engineering problems.
The Sentinus Team research and development programme, sponsored by Invest NI, aims to encourage more pupils to select a career in the science, technology, engineering and maths sectors (Stem). One of the participating schools, Rathmore Grammar in Dunmurry, was partnered with Belfast-based company, Delta Print & Packaging, to identify an alternative use for redundant material from the printing process,
Delta Print & Packaging have been donating some containers used to transport ink to the school to harvest rainwater for gardening purposes and now pupils have identified a new use for the containers that is environmentally friendly and which could the key to long-term water storage in third world countries.
Terry Cross, chairman at Delta Print & Packaging, said: "Hopefully we have been able to instill enough passion and enthusiasm... to encourage the pupils to choose a STEM career path."