Calling all young Ballymena innovators!

Young people in Ballymena and the wider borough are being challenged by Mid & East Antrim Council to become engineers and entrepreneurs to develop ideas that could change their world for the better.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 7:29 am

The Energy Innovation Challenge asks young people to explore ideas that could improve lives in our community and have the chance to win a 3D Printer and other goodies for their school.

The winning innovations should demonstrate awareness of the environment and could be solutions that benefit lives and wellbeing of people around the world. They will incorporate a green energy element to show the positive impact this innovation will have for others.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, encouraged budding young innovators to get involved in the competition, stating: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young innovators to use their talent and drive to create solutions that could have potentially life changing benefits for others.”

Council are inviting young people to become engineers and entrepreneurs to develop ideas that could change our world for the better.

Gillian Gregg, Senior Business Development Manager Northern Ireland, Royal Academy of Engineering is delighted to work with partners on the Green Innovation Challenge.

She said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the Academy to work with the local Councils and Manufacturing NI to encourage students and teachers to explore the essential role of the engineer, both in terms of innovation and entrepreneurship, to make a difference to our environment and help build a sustainable future.”

The competition is open to primary and secondary schools in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council areas, with the closing date May 28.

The winning schools in each council area will receive a 3D printer with individual pupil prizes available for the winning entrants. Information on how to enter will be sent directly to each school.