Colleges in Northern Ireland are encouraging more pupils to study science and consider careers related to the subject.
They are urging youngsters to participate in the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and have launched the College Stem Initiative (CSI). It is hoped the scheme will help to develop stronger links between education and the workplace.
John D'Arcy, chief executive of the Association of Northern Ireland Colleges, said: "CSI is about creating opportunities for children to experience the wonder of investigation and building pathways between schools, colleges, universities and businesses and industry.
"Children love questions - and they also love doing things and seeing what happens. The difficult job is to turn that excitement into a love of discovery."
To enter the all-Ireland BT exhibition, now in its 47th year, pupils must design a project based on the Stem skills (science, technology, engineering and maths), for which they could win one of 100 awards.
More than ten winners of the BT exhibition have gone on to win prizes at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists during the past 20 years. MR.