Science programme to pave way for future

Mayor, Brenda Stevenson with funders and participants at the launch of the new Londonderry Science and Innovation programme.

Mayor, Brenda Stevenson with funders and participants at the launch of the new Londonderry Science and Innovation programme.

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A new science programme being rolled out in Londonderry during this ‘Year of Science 2015’ will help “build the pipeline of young people that the future development of Ebrington and the NW economy requires.”

That’s according to the boss of Londonderry regeneration company Ilex, which is a co-funder of the scheme.

Mel Higgins, Chief Executive of Ilex, said: “The Year of Science and the NW STEM action plan will help us deliver on our priorities in the One Plan, help build the pipeline of young people that the future development of Ebrington and the NW economy requires, and position Derry City and Strabane District as the key region for STEM based jobs and opportunities.”

The Science and Innovation Programme is funded by Derry City and 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, BT Young Scientist Exhibition, Formula Derr-E, SciFest, Maths Week, Brickwonders, Space Camp and Minecraft Nation.

The city’s Mayor, Brenda Stevenson said: “During 2013, a five year Legacy Plan was developed by Derry City Council which set our ambition to maximise the benefits of the City of Culture year.

“As part of this Legacy strategy I am delighted to be launching the Science and Innovation programme - a celebration of the endless possibilities of developing skills through science and innovation.

“This programme includes a packed programme of initiatives to spark the imagination of our young people and help to develop their knowledge and awareness of opportunities in STEM areas.”