Thousands of school kids go to CultureTECH

Robert Hill Director of the Northern Ireland Space Office transports,Aiden McGeady, Anna Melrose, Leah Ward and Danie Logue from St. Patrick's Primary School, Pennyburn, into the galaxy during a 3D demostration of the Universe as part of CultureTECH 2014. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 15.09.14
Robert Hill Director of the Northern Ireland Space Office transports,Aiden McGeady, Anna Melrose, Leah Ward and Danie Logue from St. Patrick's Primary School, Pennyburn, into the galaxy during a 3D demostration of the Universe as part of CultureTECH 2014. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 15.09.14
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Thousands of primary and secondary school students are expected to take part in this year’s annual CultureTECH Festival, which was launched in Derry yesterday.

The first CultureTECH Festival, which champions all things digital locally, took place in Derry in August 2012 and since that time it has developed significantly.

Impressively, CultureTECH has quickly become the largest science and technology event for young people in the North of Ireland.

CultureTECH also works towards helping as many local people as possible to develop and learn new digital skills.

It covers everything from careers in technology to the history of science and nearly every school in the city will take part in a range of activities both inside and outside the classroom.

Highlights of the programme include a huge science stage show, supported by Seagate and ILEX, which will play to over 7,000 pupils across the week.

Thousands more will take part in a series of events featuring internationally renowned speakers who will be touring schools throughout the week.

Activities will spill into the weekend as well, with BT and the Nerve Centre’s Fab Lab hosting a range of “maker” activities in the city centre on Saturday and Sunday, including 3D printing, animation workshops, a unique air guitar competition, drivable electric cars and an attempt to set the world record for the largest digital fruit orchestra.