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Observatory and AmmA “highly commended” at DCAL awards ceremony

Staff at Armagh Observatory and the AmmA Creative Learning Centre, Armagh, worked last summer to deliver AmmA’s Project Infinity, which involved a team of eight young people working together to design, construct and launch a weather balloon that would carry a scientific payload to gather data and imagery from the edge of space.

The hard work of everyone involved in this project was rewarded on June 11 at the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure’s (DCAL’s) Claire’s Awards ceremony in W5, The Odyssey Centre, Belfast.

The event that celebrated achievement and outstanding impact amongst the Department’s Arms-Length Bodies and other organizations in the fields of creativity, innovation, education and lifelong learning.

Project Infinity was recognized with an award from the DCAL Minister, Caral Ni Chuilin MLA, of a “Highly Commended” certificate in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) category.

Professor Bailey, Director of the Armagh Observatory, said: “Project Infinity made a very significant contribution to the DCAL’s STEAM Agenda, for example combining key scientific and technological skills relating to the desing and construction of scientific instruments and a scientific payload with the necessary practical skills needed to identify, design, build and ruggedize the upper-atmospheric space vehicle in a form that would suvive the rigours of its journey to near-space.”

DCAL’s Claire’s Awards recognize the very significant impact of the work amongst all the Department’s Arms-Length Bodies and other organizations covering various areas of education and lifelong learning.

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