2015 BEST awards for business and education through skills and education. Judge of the 5th BEST awards recognise excellence and diversity of stem project based learning in Northern Ireland colleges, provide a showcase for this work and the creativity and innovation that is part of the learning experience. Over 200 FE students showcased their creativity and innovation in STEM projects at the 5th annual BEST event in Belfast’s Ramada Plaza Hotel on the 27th May.
The BEST Awards are open to students from Northern Ireland’s (NI) six regional FE colleges and offer an annual competition linked to their studies in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The awards were created to support students in their project based learning throughout the year and showcase entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation across the FE sector. Attendees to the exhibition have the opportunity to meet and speak to students exhibiting, network with lecturers and senior staff from the six FE College and view the array of skills in the STEM area available across the FE sector.
The judging panel provides feedback and advice, the list of invitees includes local politicians and representatives from businesses and post primary schools. The NI Assembly, Employment and Learning Committee also hosted their weekly meeting at the venue, after which the MLAs had the opportunity to view the exhibitions