Cullybackey ‘IN-0-V8’ event

Cullybackey College pupils Simone Lyle and Robert Anderson join Education Minister John O'Dowd and Principal David Donaldson at the school's interactive science day, as they try to create dry ice bubbles.
Cullybackey College pupils Simone Lyle and Robert Anderson join Education Minister John O'Dowd and Principal David Donaldson at the school's interactive science day, as they try to create dry ice bubbles.

Education Minister John O’Dowd joined hundreds of pupils at Cullybackey College for a morning of interactive science and technology.

The annual IN-O-V8 event, hosted by Cullybackey College pupils and teachers, brings together local Ballymena primary schools, as they work together to develop their skills in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Education Minister John O'Dowd in the Home Economics Department at Cullybackey College with students Ruth Dick and Laura Park plus Head of Home Economics Mrs Rodgers. INBT 03-107JC

Education Minister John O'Dowd in the Home Economics Department at Cullybackey College with students Ruth Dick and Laura Park plus Head of Home Economics Mrs Rodgers. INBT 03-107JC

During the morning pupils were able to make elephant toothpaste, walk on egg shells and make rainbows and a battery powered torch.

Speaking during his visit to the IN-O-V8 event, Mr O’Dowd said: “[This] IN-O-V8 event will undoubtedly inspire and encourage our youngest pupils as they move on to the next stage in their education.

“All of the schools taking part today, and in particular, host Cullybackey College, are clearly demonstrating the added value for all our young people when schools come together to share their learning. It is also an opportunity for local primary school pupils to sample what life at post primary can be like.The uptake of STEM subjects continues to grow and with the range of exciting and interesting jobs in this sector, studying these subjects provides a wealth of opportunity whether that is building aeroplanes, creating computer games or working as a scientist.”

Mr O’Dowd added: “I am delighted to see such a wonderful turnout and would like to congratulate Cullybackey College in hosting such an interesting and inspiring event.”

Education Minister John O'Dowd with Rasharkin Primary School pupils during his visit to the Technology Department at Cullybackey College. INBT 03-110JC

Education Minister John O'Dowd with Rasharkin Primary School pupils during his visit to the Technology Department at Cullybackey College. INBT 03-110JC

Cullybackey College Principal David Donaldson said: “I am delighted at how successful our third IN-O-V8 event has been.

“Our aim is to show that learning, particularly in the context of STEM, can be fun and I think the response of the 740 P7 pupils shows we have achieved that.

“I am indebted to the support and interest of our feeder primary school principals and staff; the work of my own staff and outside bodies in making this event happen; and, of course, Mr O’Dowd, our special guest, for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend and endorse the work we are doing at Cullybackey College.”

Students Ruth Dick, Jessica Nash, Cathy Reid, Rebecca Logan, Simone Lyle and Laura Park with Education Minister John O'Dowd during his visit to Cullybackey College. INBT 01-109JC

Students Ruth Dick, Jessica Nash, Cathy Reid, Rebecca Logan, Simone Lyle and Laura Park with Education Minister John O'Dowd during his visit to Cullybackey College. INBT 01-109JC