As part of the NI Science Festival, whizz kids from around Northern Ireland competed today in our STEMQuest Grand Final in partnership with the Survitec Group, in a bid to become Northern Ireland’s top team!
Lumen Christi proved to be ‘Best in Class’ in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths University Challenge style competition, with Ballyclare High School being named runners-up, and were presented their award by local TV personality Barra Best.
The STEMQuest Final followed competitive regional heats which saw 32 teams of Key Stage 3 post primary students (years 8-10) from across the region compete and test their knowledge against one another.
Titanic Belfast’s Visitor Attraction Manager, Ruth Cleland, commented, "A huge congratulations to Lumen who have just fended off over 32 other teams to become our annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Champions. It was definitely a nail-biting final – with Lumen Christi triumphing on the day, and Ballyclare High School as close runners-up! We were delighted to see so many schools, teachers and pupils get involved and the standard of all the teams was excellent! As the future need for Northern Irish STEM graduates grows, we were delighted to see young people engage with science in a fun and interactive way!"
Judith Marrs, of the Survitec Group, the event sponsor, said "I would like to congratulate Lumen Christi who are STEMQuest champions for 2018 and also all the teams who took part in the competition. Encouraging young people to develop the skills and qualifications required in STEM-related careers is key to the future economic growth of Northern Ireland. At the Survitec Group, we recognise this and in the future there will be a heavy reliance on a workforce with STEM skills and events like this are key to engaging early with young people, so they will consider the exciting career opportunities in this area."
Titanic Belfast’s education programme
is recognised as a leading learning resource nationally and has welcomed over 150,000 participants since opening in 2012. The wide range of learning programmes
, which cover a variety of subjects and skills, ranging from maritime communication, marine science & exploration to 5 star customer service, is supported by the Survitec Group, a leading manufacturer of marine, defence and aerospace survival technology. STEM Quest was also supported by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).