Education Minister hails St Pius X College’s science competition for primary schools

Education Minister John O'Dowd
Education Minister John O'Dowd

Education Minister John O’Dowd has praised St Pius X College in Magherafelt for its Environmental Science Competition that engages primary schools in the area.

Now in its seventh year, the competition saw children from eight local primary schools enter projects that showcased their talents in STEM subjects.

The contest also encourages schoolchildren to be creative in their use of ICT, literacy, numeracy and communications skills.

Speaking after his visit to the school, the Minister said: “The atmosphere at St Pius X College during my visit was vibrant and hugely positive.

“I pay tribute to the teachers and staff at the school who work so hard to deliver the competition each year and also to those at the primary schools that take part.

“The young people have clearly put a lot of effort into their projects and that is testament to the support they receive on a day-to-day basis at school.

“Well done to all involved today and I wish the children well as they continue their studies.”

Adding that he is always “buoyed by the energy and enthusiasm shown by young people when they investigate scientific problems that they are clearly passionate about”, Minister O’Dowd added: “There are clear benefits for young people if they choose to pursue studies in STEM subjects.”