Schools encouraged to register for Titanic competition

BELFAST Harbour and the Titanic Foundation have launched a competition for Ballymoney and Moyle primary school pupils to create Titanic-themed models out of everyday household items.

Up for grabs will be exclusive access to the new Titanic Belfast visitor attraction opening next year.

The competition will run during the new term in September, but Teachers of Primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils are being asked to register interest by logging onto Belfast Harbour’s new children’s website: www.webstersays.com which is the online home for Webster, the Port’s environmental guardian, complete.

Models can be built from items such as old plastic bottles, yoghurt pots, cereal or egg boxes, old clothes and shoes or bits of rubber or wood. There will be three categories, for Primaries 5, 6 and 7. The deadline for entries will be October with winners announced in November.

Titanic Belfast will also include a Learning Zone which will allow children to take part in structured educational programmes plus an Ocean Exploration Centre linked to ongoing marine research at local universities and live feeds from current explorations being carried out by Dr. Ballard who discovered Titanic in 1985.

Building work is on schedule for completion by March 2012 in time to mark the centenary of RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage a month later.   Only entries officially registered via www.webstersays.com can be accepted.