Science Summer School

Science Summer School Activities

Science Summer School – Schools Engagement Event

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday 15 November - It’s going to be a blast!

Are you a school in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area? Do you want to activate the curiosity of your pupils?

Science Summer School Schools Engagement Timetable


Registration & Refreshments


Welcome and introduction in the Main Auditorium by the Mayor, Alderman Noel Williams and Lord Mawson OBE


Key Note Address: Professor Brian Cox CBE (Live Link)

Group 1

Group 2
10.30am Practical Workshops
Session 1
10.30am - 10.48am Andrew Smyth
10.52am - 11.10am Dr Rebecca Lutton
11.10am - 11.20am Audience Q&A with Speakers


15 Minute Break and Change Over
11.35am - 11.53am Dr. Laura McLaughlin 11.35am Practical Workshops
Session 1
11.57am - 12.15pm Dr. Erin Higgins
12.15pm - 12.25pm Audience Q&A with speakers


1pm Practical Workshops
Session 2
1pm - 1.18pm Prof. Ultan Power
1.22pm - 1.40pm Johanna McMullan
1.40pm - 1.50pm Audience Q&A with speakers


Change Over
2pm - 2.18pm Katrina Thompson 2pm Practical Workshops:
Session 2
2.22pm - 2.40pm Willian Browne
2.40pm - 2.50pm Audience Q&A with speakers
2.50pm Groups 1 & 2 meet in the main auditorium for the event close
3.15pm Day Event Students Depart


Gallery of First Attempts

Mid-November 2022 to end-January 2023

Gallery of First Attempts is a new exhibition which will be open to the public at Mid-Antrim Museum, The Braid, Ballymena. The aim of this exhibition is to inspire everyone to have a go at creating something of their own, highlight how very complex and successful products and ideas can start from something small and will demonstrate the importance of trial and error in any new challenge - learning from failure.

Latest Activity

Larne Grammar School pupils gain insight to careers at Kilwaughter Minerals

Pupils from Larne Grammar School recently had the opportunity to learn about the innovative local firm, Kilwaughter Minerals, which produces a range of high-quality products for the local and national construction and agriculture sectors.

The tour was organised through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Manufacturing Task Force, as part of engagement activities for the Science Summer School - a STEAM Initiative that is being hosted in Northern Ireland for the first time ever in Ballymena this November 2022.

Ballymena pupils see Stars with Professor Brian Cox CBE

Two pupils from Harryville Primary School in Ballymena has met with Professor Brian Cox CBE on the Belfast leg of his Horizons Tour at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

As part of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Science Summer School programme which culminates in November, pupils across the borough from Key Stage 1 to 4 had been asked to Activate their Curiosity in a number of STEAM based competitions, with the winners of each having the opportunity to win a VIP Meet & Greet with Professor Brian Cox CBE.

T-shirt design competition reflecting First Attempts; Activate your Curiosity; or The Universe

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council invited pupils from across the borough to enter an exciting Science Summer School competition in honour of the borough’s rich industrial heritage and the sustainability and future of fashion. 

Pupils were asked to ‘Activate their Curiosity’ by creating an original t-shirt design reflecting First Attempts; Activate your Curiosity; or The Universe. In total 185 entries were received, which is reflective of the strong relationship between Council and schools with each entry showcasing the high calibre of talent in the borough.

Winner - Ryan Conway, Harryville Primary School, Year 5

The winning design by Harryville Primary School pupil Ryan Conway focused on first attempts and highlighted the importance of perseverance. His design was brought to life by Whitehead-based company, Rhuban Design, which use only eco-friendly, organic sustainable clothing.

Innovate Competition searched for an innovative idea that could improve our lives in the future

Pupils from across the Borough were asked to design an innovative idea that could improve our lives for the future. Judges were not disappointed by the amazing designs submitted.

Winner - Noah Steele, Harryville Primary School, Year 5

Harryville Primary school pupil Noah Steele won overall Winning Design in the Council’s ‘Activate Your Curiosity’ competition, which was sponsored by the PAC Group. Noah was born with part of his right arm missing and he said he wanted to create something special for children and adults like him. Taking inspiration from The Avengers franchise, Noah designed an original prosthetic arm equipped with a range of interchangeable attachments including a Lego build plate, a storage compartment with magnetic closure, two Lego block attachments and most importantly a Hulk hand attachment!

Noah and his specially-made prosthetic arm were also featured on ITV News.

As part of their prize, both Noah and Ryan got tickets to see Professor Brian Cox live at the SSE Arena, Belfast, in September as part of his Horizons Tour. 

Both boys had the amazing opportunity to meet Professor Brian Cox during the interval of his show.

Schools Engagement Events

Building the manufacturing skills pipeline as students take a tour of Kilwaughter Minerals

Council alongside our programme sponsors is hosting a number of activities as part of the wider Science Summer School. Council is committed to developing skills in the borough and exploring new initiatives with local employers to enable a seamless transfer from education to work.

These engagement activities aim to inspire young people to become the next generation of scientists with a programme that mixes the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths).

If you’re a school based in Mid and East Antrim and want to get involved in our next school's engagement event contact us at E: