Derry youth can be Science Ambassadors

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Young people with a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are being encouraged to become part of the Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Ambassador initiative for its Science and Innovation Programme.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion said the Ambassador programme was a unique way of enticing young people aged 16 years and over who have curious minds and are creative thinkers to join a team that will help inspire and encourage more young people to get excited about STEM subjects.

She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in our city and district to be part of the Science and Innovation programme’s exciting range of events including the Curiosity Gallery at Ebrington, SciFest, Maths Week, Brickwonders, Space Camp and Minecraft Nation. We want to spark the imagination of our young people and to get them on board to become an ambassador and help us develop our knowledge and awareness of opportunities that exist in STEM areas.

“By becoming an Ambassador, not only will you get valuable work experience and access to some of the most exciting events this year, but you will play an important role in inspiring children and young people to share your passion for science and make a real difference to the next generation of bright young minds,” she said.

Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy with Derry City and Strabane District Council said the ambassador programme was the ideal way to directly engage with young people.

“We believe that the best way for us to get more children and young people interested in STEM subjects is to get them involved and to hear directly from other young people who are actively involved in science initiatives or studying STEM subjects. We will be working closely with local schools, colleges and universities to encourage as many young people as possible to get involved and to be our city champions and help promote our Science and Innovation Year,” she said.

The Science and Innovation Programme is funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council, Ilex and the Department of Culture and Leisure and features an array of curiosity themed events including The Curiosity Gallery at Ebrington, Formula Derr-E, SciFest, Maths Week, Brickwonders, Space Camp and Minecraft Nation For further information on the Science and Innovation Programme visit www.scinnovate.co