Wholeschool Portal | Home 24 February 2018
Sentinus R&D Programme Celebration & Assessment

A Big Bang event was held today in the Braid Ballymena, with two teams of Ballymena Academy pupils taking part. Over the past 6 months the eight pupils have worked as part of the Sentinus R&D programme, solving two problems set by our link company Wrightbus. Today in the Braid was the celebration of all the teams’ solutions and their assessment for Gold Crest Awards.  


Our two Year 13, Sentinus R&D teams are:


·      Charis Hanna, Owen Cavanagh, Andrew Heaney and Matthew Petticrew, who make up the Ramp Force Detector System Team


·      Jordan Law, Thomas Mauger, John McKane and Joshua Nelson who make up the Bus Seat Detector Team


Congratulations to all 8 pupils on their very successful solutions and for achieved their Gold Crest Award.  


In total 21 teams took part from across Northern Ireland, with sponsors of the event,
GES Group (Grant Electrical Services Ltd.), awarding one overall prize to the team which showed outstanding achievement. 


It’s pleasing to report that this was won by the Ballymena Academy, Bus Seat Detector Team of Jordan, Thomas, John and Joshua. The Ramp Force Detector System Team were placed 3rd. Many congratulations to both teams.


The team was presented with a trophy and each member received a certificate and an Amazon gift card.  The Bus Seat Detector solution will be displayed in the GES Group Boardroom and team members will be given a tour of the GES Group’s Mallusk facility. At the awards ceremony, the winning team members were congratulated by GES Group representatives, Lorraine Farrell, Customer Relations Manager and 

Rachel Doherty, HSQE Manager.


Many thanks to Sentinus for running the scheme, Wrightbus for providing us with the initial problems and for the support and time during the programme of Mr. Alister Hanna, and to GES Group for sponsoring the award.


A big thank you too, to Miss Wylie and Mrs. Simpson, for their work mentoring, enthusing, encouraging and developing each of the engineering teams throughout the year.

Photographs thanks to Miss Wylie.