Wednesday 16 October 2019

Presentation first years get a crash course in STEM

The Pres first-year students with principal William Ryan and teachers Tom Stafford, Mary Dooley and Eilis Fox.
The Pres first-year students with principal William Ryan and teachers Tom Stafford, Mary Dooley and Eilis Fox.

First-year students at the Presentation Secondary School recently received certificates for completing a Junior Achievement course in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths).

The five-week programme, known as Futurewize, was run by business volunteer Odile le Bolloch from the Environmental Protection Agency. Over the course of the five weeks, she focused on each of the STEM areas, encouraging students to see the importance of these subjects in everyday life and, potentially, shaping their future educational and career paths.

During the programme the students became aeronautical engineers building and launching their own rockets, web page designers, forensic scientists solving a fictional crime, and explored the role of food science in many different careers such as sport nutrition and health care.

On completion of the programme, each student received a Certificate of Achievement.

Denise Power, Junior Achievement Area Manager for the South East Office said: 'We are delighted to partner with business volunteers from the Environmental Protection Agency and local schools in Wexford on a variety of Junior Achievement programmes covering STEM, Employability, Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship. It is critical that industry and education come together to excite young people about studying science and the skills required for success.

'It is through the support of partners like the Environmental Protection Agency that we are able to connect our students with business volunteers who in turn share their insights and expertise, linking the classroom and the 'real-world' to enhance their learning experience.'

Niamh Hatchell, EPA Media Relations Officer said: 'The Environmental Protection Agency is delighted to partner with Junior Achievement Ireland in delivering their programmes to school children across Ireland. Staff engagement, motivation and confidence is developed naturally through participation as a volunteer, with the added bonus of assisting to inspire and motivate young people to make the most of their education.'

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