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NCTL Addresses STEM Education in Northern Ireland

April 15, 2015

In February, Yvonne Spicer, vice president of advocacy and educational partnerships at the Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy®, keynoted at two Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Master Class events as part of the inaugural Northern Ireland Science Festival. Spicer highlighted the Museum's innovative STEM outreach.

Both Master Class events focused on study of STEM and how skills and education link with employment. Three other presenters also discussed their work and the international opportunities that STEM presents: Claire McNulty, director of science at the British Council, Sue Sontgerath from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and Andrew (Drew) O'Brien, US special representative for global partnerships at the U.S. Department of State.

Spicer "was extremely engaging, informative and sparked considerable interest," said Justin Kerr from Northern Ireland's Department for Employment and Learning. "We were delighted to have Yvonne in Northern Ireland representing the Museum of Science." He said that she increased the Festival's profile in its first year. "We have learnt so much from her."

"When I visited Northern Ireland six years ago," says Spicer, "there was little STEM awareness. Today, I am inspired by Northern Ireland's commitment to making STEM an integral part of learning and workforce development."

Surpassing its expected attendance, the Science Festival generated almost 40,000 visitors and a world record-breaking event, adjudicated by Guinness, when 1,339 Northern Irish school children took part in the biggest ever simultaneous science lesson, which involved a crimatography experiment.

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