A group of students from St Columb’s College in Derry have wowed senior management based at Derry’s DuPont site with their parictical and acadmemic skills
The promising students from St Columb’s College completed a mock presentation in front of an impressed panel of experts from DuPont which would require them to use all of their scientific knowledge to solve.
Petra Grashoff, Plant Manager, DuPont, said: “Four pupils from St Columb’s College have put together an entry for this year’s Sentinus Team R&D 2014 competition in response to a challenge that we set them and they presented their inventive solution to us at Maydown.
“The future of science will be influenced greatly by our young people and at DuPont we will do what we can to help inspire and advise them in the hope that they choose a career in this field.
“The pupils who presented to us at Maydown were very professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about science and engineering and we wish them all the best with the upcoming competition.”
St Columb’s College students who are studying STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, worked together as a focused team to provide an innovative solution to a challenge faced at DuPont.
Liam Burns, a teacher at St Columb’s College, who attended the presentation with the students said:
“In order to understand the nature of science, students must actively experience the science environment.
“We have been working with DuPont for over 15 years now so our pupils are able to see first-hand how science can be rewarding and how the application of STEM subjects can help achieve effective solutions.
“This experience has been invaluable for their confidence and a base upon which to build further interest in science that could become a worthwhile career in the future,” concluded Mr Burns.