Belfast Telegraph

W5 engineers a new career path

by Fiona Rutherford

Spaghetti and marshmallow are not obvious sources of inspiration for a career in science or engineering but they gave 180 students from the Boys’ and Girls’ Model Schools plenty to chew over at W5 this week.

Organised by Business in the Community in partnership with the Integrated Services for Children and Young People and W5, this pilot programme was designed to help inspire local schoolchildren on the career options and huge opportunities studying STEM (science, technology, maths) subjects can offer. The event aimed to encourage pupils to consider pursuing careers in sectors where STEM-based knowledge and skills are required.

The event was split into three sections: a STEM Speed Dating session where 16 Business in the Community member firms were represented and explained how STEM subjects are relevant in their businesses; a W5 engineering workshop and the spaghetti/marshmallow challenge.

Mr Convery said: “Scientists and engineers are the backbone of invention and innovation and Belfast has always been a forward thinking city, proud of its industrial heritage. It is important to build on that tradition as we move forward in the 21st century.

“We need to encourage our young people to meet the upcoming challenges by providing scope for their inventiveness and giving them the proper skills to put this into action.”

Mary Carson, programme manager, Business in the Community, adds: “We hope to expand this pilot and run a series of similar events across Northern Ireland.”

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