Last night, as part of the NI Science Festival
, whizz kids from around Northern Ireland competed in Titanic Belfast’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Quest Grand Final, in a bid to become Northern Ireland’s top team!
After a close competition, hosted by local TV personality, Barra Best at Titanic Belfast, Brownlow Integrated College proved to be ‘Best in Class’ in the University Challenge style competition, with Lumen Christi College being named runners-up!
The winning team were presented their award by Titanic Belfast's Chief Executive Tim Husbands MBE, and Moya Johnston, Managing Director of Survitec Group.
The STEMQuest Final followed competitive regional heats which saw 84 teams of Key Stage 3 secondary students (years 8-10) from across the region compete and test their knowledge against one another.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said “I would like to congratulate Brownlow Integrated College who are our first ever STEMQuest champions 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. We know that 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."
Tim Husbands MBE, commented, “A huge congratulations to Brownlow Integrated College who have just fended off over 60 other teams to become our inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Champions! It was definitely a nail-biting final –with Brownlow Integrated College triumphing on the night, and Lumen Christi College 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!
“This is just one of Titanic Belfast’s events taking place as part of the 2016 Northern Ireland Science Festival. The line-up also includes Simon Watt’s Ugly Animal Roadshow, Dissections Uncut and Science of the Sea activity days. We encourage everyone, whether you are science mad, an art fanatic, or an animal fan, to sign up and get involved!”
Titanic Belfast’s education programme is recognised as a leading learning resource nationally and has welcomed over 90,000 participants since opening in 2012. It now offers a total of eight workshops and two guided tours. It was recently awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2015
The STEMQuest Regional Heats and Titanic Belfast’s Learning Programme is supported by the Survitec Group, a leading manufacturer of marine, defense and aerospace survival technology. It has been working with Titanic Belfast as its education partner since 2014.
For more information on Titanic Belfast's upcoming NI Science Festival events see here
or take a look at our pictures from the STEMQuest final over on Facebook