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Loreto College students with Arlene Foster MLA and Professor McDonnell - View Full Size Image
Loreto College students with Arlene Foster MLA and Professor McDonnell

A number of students from Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, were invited to the presentation of the Matrix report to Ms Arlene Foster of the Department of Trade and Industry on Wednesay 8th October.  The students, Kevin McLaughlin (Year 14) Claire Hill (Year 12) and Dearbhla McCotter (Year 12), along with Mr Brian McKenna, Head of Technology at Loreto College, had been invited to the event to represent Sentinus as a result of their success in the Engineering Education Scheme and the Seagate Young Innovators competition.

The report comes from a business-led expert panel, formed in February 2007 under the chairmanship of Professor McDonnell which sets the vision to maximise commercial and economic gains from the exploitation of Northern Ireland's strengths in research and development of Science and Technology over the next decade and beyond.

At the core of the recommendations is the realisation of the need for greater emphasis on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) teaching in schools. 

The Minister and Professor McDonnell were very impressed with the quality of the projects presented, and Mr Brian McKenna commented that the students had found the experience both interesting and rewarding.