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Formation23 March 1987 [1]
FounderGordon Topping [1]
TypeCharitable organisation
Registration no.NI102064
Legal statusNon-profit
Region served
Northern Ireland
WebsiteOfficial Site
Formerly called
Industry Matters (Northern Ireland)

Sentinus is a educational charity based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland that provides educational programs for young people interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Northern Ireland produces around 2,000 qualified IT workers each year; there are around 16,000 IT jobs in the Northern Ireland economy.[citation needed][relevant?]


It works with EngineeringUK and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA). It works with primary and secondary schools in Northern Ireland.

It runs summer placements for IT workshops for those of sixth form age (16-18).[2] It offers Robotics Roadshows for primary school children.[3]

Sentinus Young Innovators[edit]

Sentinus hosts the annual Big Bang Northern Ireland Fair which incorporates Sentinus Young Innovators. This is a one day science and engineering project exhibition for post-primary students. It is one of largest such events in the United Kingdom. In 2019 over 3,000 students participated from 130 schools across both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The competition is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Broadcom MASTERS program. The overall winner represents Northern Ireland at the following year's ISEF.

Past Overall Winners[edit]

Year Name School Project Title Notes
2019[4] Cleo Gallen & Zainab Shahid Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan Second time this school won
2018[5] Richard Beattie & Dylan Bagnall The King's Hospital Identifying Bats from the Roost using an Inexpensive Raspberry Pi Bat Detector & PCR Awarded Best of Category and First Place in the Animal Sciences Category and the China Association for Science and Technology Award at 2019 Intel ISEF[6]
2017[7] Niamh Ann Kelly Our Lady's College, Greenhills The Antimicrobial Potential of Tree Bark Extracts Awarded Third Place in the Plants Sciences Category at 2018 Intel ISEF [8]

Second time this school won
2016[9] Gareth Reid Grosvenor Grammar School Gaze Awarded Third Place in the Engineering Mechanics Category & SPIE Special Award at 2017 Intel ISEF

Second time this school won
2015[10] Lauren Murphy Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan A Rehabilitation Aid for the Treatment of ‘Clenched Fist Awarded Third Place in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Category at 2016 Intel ISEF
2014[11] Anna McEvoy Our Lady's College, Greenhills Aetiology of bleeding canker disease of Horse Chestnut trees Awarded Second Place in the Plant Sciences category and the Monsanto First Award for Innovation in Plant Science at 2015 Intel ISEF
2013[12] John Neill Down High School Fone2Find Youngest Winner of the Competition
2012[13] Myles Mitchell Limavady Grammar School Misbehaving Waves – The Surreal Thing Awarded first prize from the Acoustical Society of America and a second prize from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists at Intel ISEF 2013
2011[14] Henrik Bruesecke St Columba’s Comprehensive School Awarded Fourth Place in the Category of Computer Science & Second prize from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at 2012 Intel ISEF [15]
2010[16] David McCarroll & Jonathan McEwan South Eastern Regional College Voice Activated Alarm Highly Commended at 2011 Intel ISEF [17]
2005[18] Caron Malone, Barbara Fleming & Daniel Evans Rathmore Grammar School
2004[19] Peter Kirkland Dalriada School Awarded First Place in Engineering at 2005 Intel ISEF
2003[20] Fergal Garvey & Darran Treanor Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School Colonial Behaviour in sea anemones Awarded Fourth Place in Category and Third Place in Northern American Benthological Society Award at 2004 Intel ISEF
2002[21] Patrick Corbett St Patrick's College, Maghera Awarded Second Place Grand Award in Engineering at 2003 Intel ISEF[22]
2000[23] Sharon Matchett Grosvenor Grammar School Maternity Seat Belt Awarded Fourth Place in her Category at 2001 Intel ISEF
1999[24] Conor Higgins, Elizabeth Crawford & Angela Wilson Hazelwood College Awarded Second Place in the Environmental Science Category at 2000 Intel ISEF
1998[25] Ravi Sumra Foyle and Londonderry College Sinker Sorting Device Awarded First Place in the Engineering Category at 1999 Intel ISEF

Inaugural Winner

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "SENTINUS - Overview". Companies House. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. ^ Royal Institution STEM Directories
  3. ^ Royal Institution
  4. ^ "Big Bang Northern Ireland 2019 Winners" (PDF). Sentinus. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  5. ^ "The Big Bang Fair Winners 2018" (PDF). Sentinus. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  6. ^ Gorey, Colm (20 May 2019). "Irish quantum computing prodigy to attend Nobel Prize event after award win". Silicon Republic. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Drogheda student scoops top Intel prize at Sentinus Young Innovators". Intel Newsroom Ireland. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Irish students win big at the 2018 Intel ISEF". Intel Newsroom Ireland. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Irish Students triumph at Intel ISEF, World's Largest Science Fair". Intel Newsroom Ireland. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Irish Students triumph at Intel ISEF, World's Largest Science Fair". Intel Newsroom Ireland. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Irish Students triumph at Intel ISEF, World's Largest Science Fair". Intel Newsroom Ireland. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Irish Students participate this week at Intel ISEF, World's Largest Science Fair 2014". Intel Newsroom Ireland. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Student from Northern Ireland scoops one of the top special awards at Intel ISEF 2013". Intel Newsroom Ireland. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Intel selects Young Innovator!". Intel Newsroom Ireland. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  15. ^ "2 Irish entries win at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair". Intel Newsroom Ireland. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Intel ISEF 2011 Program Book" (PDF). Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Irish Students win top awards at ISEF!". Intel Newsroom Ireland. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Rathmore pupils go west in search of science title". 12 May 2006. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Physical Sciences Summer 2005 Newsletter" (PDF). Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  20. ^ "The Abbey Way - Volume 7 Issue 2" (PDF).
  21. ^ "Young boffins head for US science fair". independent. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  22. ^ "Let's salute our young scientists". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  23. ^ "Schoolgirl Makes Car Journeys Safer for Mums-To-Be". Seagate. 12 June 2001. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  24. ^ Crosbie, Judith (16 May 2000). "Prizes for teen whiz-kids". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  25. ^ "A fair chance for scientists". 26 August 1999. Retrieved 14 June 2020.

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