Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry opened the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Masterclass at Derry’s North West Regional College as part of the NI Science Festival.
The main theme of the Masterclass is the promotion of study of STEM subjects and how skills and education link with employment, with key speakers from the USA discussing their work and the international opportunities that STEM presents.
The Minister also participated in the ‘US Naval Communications Scholarship Awards’ which recognise outstanding performance by further education students studying engineering or computing at North West Regional College.
Minister Farry said: “The STEM sector is strong in the North West with major international companies such as Allstate, Seagate, DuPont and Invista having significant operations based here, as well as numerous indigenous companies competing on a global scale.”
“Encouraging young people to develop the skills and qualifications required in STEM-related careers is key to future economic growth and attracting inward investors to Northern Ireland.”
The keynote speaker at the conference was Dr Yvonne Spicer from the Boston Museum of Science, who highlighted the innovative STEM outreach work of the museum. Dr Claire McNulty, Director of Science at the British Council, Sue Sontgerath from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and Andrew (Drew) O’Brien, US Special Representative for Global Partnerships at the US Department of State, also presented at the event.
The inaugural Science Festival featured more than 100 events.