This half-term, 16 pupils from five Belfast primary schools are experimenting at the first ever Belfast City Science Camp at W5, thanks to Belfast City Council and partners.
The event also ties in with the Northern Ireland Science Festival which begins today (Thursday) until Sunday 26 January.
Specially tailored for their age group, the camp includes workshops, science shows, exhibition visits, construction challenges, coding, and animation - all linked to science, technology, engineering and maths.
Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Tina Black said: “It’s fantastic to see these young pupils coming together from Black Mountain, St Joseph’s, Currie, Victoria Park, Lead Hill and Blythefield primary schools to be inspired by science. They’re learning about three themes – space, music and animation and construction through fun, interactive activities which focus on renewable energies, technology, electronics and engineering.
“Our Belfast City Science Camp is all about getting young people excited about science and encouraging them to think about STEM careers. Thanks to a programme of regional investment from sources including the Belfast Region City Deal, we’re going to see many more science, technology, engineering and maths related job opportunities and increasing demand for qualified talent from employers over the next decade.
“Giving our young people opportunities and support to help them fulfil their potential is an important part of our first Community Plan – The Belfast Agenda. The government’s 10X ambition is also centred on the core technologies and clusters where we can develop world-leading capabilities in the next decade – so we want to start early and inspire our young people in these areas.”
For more information on Belfast City Council’s programme of employability and skills support, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/employability