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Big Video Challenge finals countdown is under way for Northern Ireland schools

It's the biggest video and technology challenge of the Northern Ireland school year – and now we're in the final countdown.

The Big Video Challenge finals take place in Belfast's Odyssey cinema tomorrow morning, in front of 300 pupils all of whom have been involved in creating their own videos.

The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with the organisers to present a selection of videos ahead of the awards to showcase the brilliant work and inspiration from the pupils and their teachers.

Spread out over three articles, you will find most of the finalist entries in this inspiring competition.

The finals are presented tomorrow by Derry-Londonderry’s CultureTECH in association with Belfast City Council and technology giant Seagate.

Over 300 pupils from 28 schools across Northern Ireland present their individual videos in a bid win a host of unique prizes, 18 in total.

The Big Video Challenge offers pupils the opportunity to explore and develop their knowledge of digital media platforms whilst focusing on their core subjects, and is set to be the highlight event of the 2015 STEM calendar.

Working with over 50 schools throughout Northern Ireland, 36 of which were in Belfast, and a total of 3000 kids, the Big Video Challenge gives schools and their pupils the opportunity to create their own unique videos to highlight a range of key topics designed to help them think creatively and learn at the same time.

The two key challenges are:

* Seagate Codebreakers Challenge

* The Future Careers Challenge

Mark Nagurski from CultureTECH, the organisation behind the programme, said: “There is no doubt that young people in Northern Ireland are hugely talented and creative, and the entries for this year’s STEMies are certainly the best we’ve seen yet.

“The event is not just an opportunity to celebrate their work but also to say thanks to the amazing teachers, workshop facilitators and partners, like Belfast City Council and Seagate, who help bring it all together.”

Dr Brian Burns, Vice President, Seagate Springtown Operations, said: "Over the last three years, we've seen our partnership with CultureTECH evolve to the stage where we're sitting down together to identify tailored programmes that really resonate with what we do at Seagate and that demonstrate to young people, the relevance of their STEM subjects.

“We're very excited to see the video clips that these youngsters have created over the last six months and we hope that they now recognise the importance of codes all around them."

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, the outgoing Chair of Belfast City Council’s Development Committee, said:

 “The council plays a key role in supporting the development of the creative industries in Belfast, with a key focus on the film, television, digital media, music and design sectors. 

“Our work focuses on the helping new and existing creative businesses grow and achieve their business ambitions, but we also recognise the need to provide the necessary skills to the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

“The Big Video Challenge has been a great way of introducing our young people to the potential employment opportunities that the creative industries offer them.”

 “Our support for the project has enabled 37 schools across Belfast to participate in over 67 workshops covering creative career development and codebreaking. 

“Through these workshops, our young people have been encouraged to look at science and technology in a new and more accessible way. 

“It also has given them the opportunity to learn teamwork skills, project management skills and, of course, the digital media skills required to work in the creative sector.”

This is part of a special Belfast Telegraph series on the Big Video Challenge: the other two articles can read here and here

Belfast Telegraph