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St CATHERINE’S COLLEGE STEM GIRLS STEAL SANDVIK TOP PRIZES



Pictured L - R: Team Shipwreck (1st place) Eve Cullinane, Ule Januskeviciute (absent from photo) and Hannah Cavlin & Team KAR (2nd Place) Rosie Leonard, Alex Mullen, Keeley Mae Rafferty


Pupils from St. Catherine’s College raced away with the inaugural Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screens STEM competition. The competition, which saw entries from many secondary, all-ability and grammar schools across Co. Armagh and Co. Tyrone, was proudly scooped up the only all-girl teams entered in the competition.

The project included planning, design, manufacture and race a model car using an 18-volt cordless drill with a limited budget. Each participating team had an internal Sandvik employee mentor assigned to oversee the project and provide support. The schools came together to compete at Sandvik’s Centre of Excellence, based in Ballygawley, Co.Tyrone on Friday 3rd December.


Caption: Tom and Amy from Sandvik present the winners of the inaugural Sandvik Mobile Crushers and Screens STEM competition. The competition, which saw entries from many secondary, all-ability and grammar schools across Co. Armagh and Co. Tyrone, was proudly scooped up the only all-girl teams entered in the competition.


On the race day, each team had 3 attempts to set their fastest time with the power drill race car with each car then inspected by the Sandvik judging panel. As well as showing creative innovation and engineering capabilities, teams were also judged on their project management skills, sustainable materials usage, and - most importantly - safety.

First and second prize was scooped by St Catherine's College Armagh with both teams entering race cars that exceeded rivals, scoring highly on design, speed, and the use of sustainable materials. Technology teacher, Damian Mullan commented on the competition: ‘Formula Sandvik provided our students with a new way of thinking and creative ways to repurpose products. From concept stage to execution, both teams developed their ideas, and the race cars evolved. A brilliant initiative with helpful mentors from Sandvik.’

Patrick Forrest, Research & Development Director at Sandvik Mobile Crushers & Screens notes, ‘This competition proved successful in developing interest in STEM subjects. We were blown away by the level of creativity and innovation that each school brought on the day. We look forward to hosting many more Formula Sandvik events.’


The aim of Formula Sandvik is to encourage more young people to understand the opportunities of a STEM-based career. Participation in the STEM Ambassadors programme is an important part of Sandvik Mobiles on-going community engagement, encouraging Diversity & Inclusion in Engineering. Prizes were awarded to schools and individual students. They included entry to Sandvik Annual Academy, which is a summer placement opportunity offering hands-on experience in our manufacturing Centre of Excellence.


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Pictured are the winning teams from St Catherine’s College with their teachers Mr Damian Mullan (L) and Mr Brian McKeever (R) with their winning cars, Shipwreck and KAR