At a time when the economy needs them most, Sentinus, Northern Ireland’s leading promoter of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), is reaching out to the next generation of engineers with the launch of ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers’.
This is a programme of events designed to inspire and attract students to become the future leaders of Northern Ireland’s |engineering industry.
Running from January 2011 to July 2011, Sentinus’ Tomorrow's Engineers consists of five different elements designed to excite and enthuse young people, from both primary and secondary schools, about the STEM subjects and give their classroom learning relevance to the outside world.
A major facet of the programme will be creating partnerships between schools and STEM Ambassadors from local companies to support the pupils in the activities.
Kick-starting Tomorrow’s Engineers’ calendar of events is the ‘Design for Sport’ scheme which challenges student teams to come up with innovative, practical ideas for a new sports facility which will fulfil a need within their local community. Over a period of two months the pupils, from schools throughout Northern Ireland, will work with engineers from industry to develop ideas and proposals for their sports venue.
Once completed the project teams will come together at a special celebration day hosted by Sentinus to showcase their designs, when they will be assessed by teams of specialist judges. The winning team will then progress to represent Northern Ireland at a national competition to take place in London in June.
Bill Connor, Sentinus projects director said: “Sentinus is committed to providing sustainable long term support to students, teachers and the business community in order to increase the uptake of STEM subjects and help shape the future of Northern Ireland’s economy.”
Danny Hughes, one of Down’s leading gaelic football players, was on hand at the Design for Sport launch event which took place at the University of Ulster, to provide an athlete’s perspective on the ultimate sports stadium.
He said: “Stadiums are becoming more and more high-tech to meet the training and development needs of tomorrow’s sporting heroes. The Design for Sport scheme will allow students to explore fresh approaches and generate new and innovative solutions.”