Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, has announced an extension of funding for the Step Up initiative at a Science Fair in the University of Ulster’s Jordanstown campus.
The Step Up programme provides new learning opportunities in science for talented young people to raise pupil’s aspirations and academic performance thereby enabling them to progress to Higher Education.
The Minister said: “Over the years the Step-Up programme has become extremely successful in engaging with both primary and post-primary school pupils. It encourages pupils to study science and related subjects and also assists students, who might never otherwise have considered Higher Education as an option, to raise their aspirations and educational attainment in order to progress to Higher Education programmes.
“It is with this knowledge that I can announce an extension of funding for the Belfast Step-Up programme to the value of £700,000. This will extend funding for the programme up to the end of academic year 2015/16.”
The Science Fair offered pupils an opportunity to showcase their science research projects to their peers and subject experts from across Northern Ireland. Individual prizes were awarded to winning team members, with £500 Science equipment being awarded to the top primary and post-primary school.
Leaney Primary School, Ballymoney, attended the event.