Bangor Academy film students see their STEM careers short film on screen at W5 launch with Education Minister, John O’Dowd


STEM eventThree budding film makers from Mr. Jackson’s GCSE Moving Image Arts class attended a high profile event at W5, Belfast. They were there to mark the one-year anniversary of the STEM Strategy – a project to encourage young people to take up careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

No less than three Stormont ministers were in attendance; including Education Minister, John O’Dowd, who spoke about the importance of STEM career development to Northern Ireland’s economy.

Yr 12 pupils, Andrew and Lucy had the honour of introducing the short film they had helped to produce over three days in February. They worked in a team with a third Bangor Academy pupil, Darian, and pupils from two Belfast schools.

The documentary, which is available on YouTube, involves interviews with Phoenix Gas employees, about what their jobs involve and what subjects they studied in school. It will be offered in future to schools across Northern Ireland as an educational resource.

The Stem Showcase event at W5 included interviews with the three ministers, businessmen, students, the W5 and Armagh Planetarium directors, and staff, but the highlight was definitely a magic show by Mathmagic. This theatre company engages young people with maths through fun. Our own Darian was pulled from the audience to assist the magician!

Congratulations to Lucy, Andrew and Darian. You can view their film on the School media player in Media Studies or follow the link:

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