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Science project takes off with action day

By Lisa Smyth

The science and technology skills of Ulster pupils have been put to the test during an event designed to give students a taste of life in the workplace.

Over 180 year 11 students from schools across Northern Ireland were given the chance to get out of the classroom at a Science in Action day at RAF Aldergrove.

The event was organised by Sentinus, a not for profit organisation that establishes partnerships between education and industry by running educational programmes aimed at raising awareness of exciting opportunities in science, engineering and the technology industries.

Pupils were divided into teams and each asked to complete a range of interactive science and technology themed activities.

These included building an air powered model car and an electric motor and making a supercapacitator hovercraft.

The young people spent the morning and early afternoon completing the tasks and prizes were then presented to the winning teams by UTV presenter Frank Mitchell.

Thanking RAF Aldergrove for hosting the event, Bill Connor, projects director of Sentinus, said: "I'm delighted to see how much the young people here have enjoyed engaging in interactive science and technology projects.

"The aim of this Science in Action day was to take science and technology out of the classroom and demonstrate its relevance in the workplace.

"We want the students to get a feel for what its like to apply the skills they learn in school to a technical organisation like the RAF."

He continued: "Our programmes give participants the opportunity to work with their peers, gain real experience of problem solving and develop key skills such as communication hence enhancing their personal development.

"Ultimately we want the young people like those here to consider the exciting opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics when making subject and career choices.

"At the event students also had the opportunity to get up close to RAF aircraft including a Tornado jet and Gazelle helicopter.

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