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Xilinx Make Maths Fun & Interesting for Local Students
Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), in partnership with Xilinx completed a very successful Make Maths Matter Workshop on 15th February 2017.
The Make Maths Matter Project 2016/17 offers 60 5th class students from West Dublin the opportunity to participate in a unique project, staffed by trained volunteers from Xilinx.
An intensive, maths-filled day involved the participants in a series of maths related challenges. Students worked together in small groups, facilitated by business volunteers from Xilinx, to play fraction and multiplication games, solving problems and calculating mileage using scale measurements. Each student also engaged in practical spatial-visualisation challenges. The volunteers from Xilinx ensured 60 students from St. Ronan’ Senior National School, Deansrath, Clondalkin enjoyed the opportunity to visit a workplace to explore practical applications for maths in a fun-filled variety of maths, games and activities.
John Mullen, Senior HR Manager in Xilinx, said the event was: “We are delighted to be partnered with Junior Achievement as it is a wonderful opportunity to give back to schools in the local community. Today's Make Maths Matter workshop was fantastic; so well organised and structured. The volunteers were very well trained and extremely good with the children while the wide range of activities kept the students engaged and interested - the students really did seem to enjoy the maths activities. Overall the project has been very positive for both Xilinx and local schools.”
Noel Morgan, 5th class teacher in St. Ronan’s National School, commented that: “This was another hugely enjoyable and highly educational workshop. Thank you to Xilinx and Junior Achievement for providing this opportunity to our fifth class pupils, they really relished the chance to learn in a fun working environment outside of the classroom. We are already looking forward to the next Make Maths Matter workshop in May.”
Disney and Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) Promote Healthy Living
The Walt Disney Company Ireland have partnered with JAI for the first time to run a primary school programme focussing on healthy living.
The pilot event took place in Stanhope Street Primary School on Thursday 16th February with 4th class students participating in workshops and an innovation challenge.
The theme was healthy living and the teams engaged in a series of workshop activities over the course of a school day facilitated by six fantastic volunteers from Disney and joined by a wonderful volunteer from Creme Global.
The workshops were fun, interactive and the creativity and ideas presented by the students were inspiring. The 4th class girls were hugely energised by the event and the volunteers kept pace!
We were delighted to be joined by Professor Niall Moyna (pictured below), Health and Human Performance at DCU who attended with four of his students. They will provide valuable feedback to Junior Achievement on the learning methodologies and content.
Teacher Ms O’Grady said “It was a truly exceptional day. The children were exposed to a beautiful selection of both fruit and veg in a wonderfully fun manner. The volunteers were incredibly hands-on and kind to the children. The group work was extremely educational, creative and immensely fun. They will remember this day forever and they really got the message loud and clear about a healthy active life and passing on this important message to everyone at home and at school”.
150 students in Limerick will participate in a second Let’s Go event in May – we can’t wait.
A huge thanks to all involved.
29 students from three Dublin schools graduated from the Career Ready programme at a special ceremony hosted by Citi this week. To mark the completion of their two year programme the students were joined by the business volunteers who had worked as their mentors, representatives of supporting organisations and their special guests, Minister Paschal Donohoe, T.D., and Marissa Carter, CEO Cocoa Brown.
Career Ready develops students’ potential by enabling their involvement in a range of activities including working with a business mentor for 18 months, visiting workplaces, attending masterclasses and completing work placements. The overall aims of the JA Career Ready initiative are to help students to recognise their potential, to develop and increase their employability skills, support their academic work and introduce them to the world of work. The programme runs over two school years and the 2014-2016 cohort comprises twenty nine students from St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick St, Loreto College, Crumlin and Our Lady of Mercy, Beaumont.
The Career Ready 2014-16 mentors were supported by AXA, BNY Mellon, Citi and Pioneer Investments. A & L Goodbody, Accenture, Cartrawler, Dell, Diageo, EisnerAmper, Gaiety School of Acting, JLL, LinkedIn, Roly’s Restaurant, Salesforce, Sunday Business Post, Twitter and TV3 collaborated with JAI to ensure each student completed an internship and attended masterclasses, while whole TY groups from the participating schools were accommodated in workplace visits.
If you've ever watched the programme 'Dragon's Den' then you'll know just how hard it can be to impress the dragons. Sometimes the budding entrepreneurs find themselves leaving the room with nothing. But occasionally the ideas are so good, the bidding gets quite competitive with the investors rushing to invest in the new business ideas.
And that's exactly what happened at the AIB/Junior Achievement Ireland 'Invest in Me' event with a group of schoolchildren in 4th, 5th and 6th class in Scoil Chaitríona on Baggot Street in Dublin.
The 20 students came into Bankcentre and worked with 10 AIB volunteers to design new business ideas based around the four Ps of marketing - Product, Price, Promotion and Place. These ideas ranged from an educational Rubik's cube, a GPS high visibility safety jacket to an intuitive speaking word scanner for visually impaired people.
"The level of presentations showed that the kids really worked hard on the product design, the research and also on their presentation skills," says Eoghan O'Neill of Corporate Banking and one of the dragons for the day.
"We dragons found ourselves fighting over each investment looking to outbid each other which was a great endorsement of the quality of the ideas. All the days of hard work building up to the eventual presentation to the dragons really showed on the day and most importantly it was great fun."
Another dragon was Colm 'The Gooch' Cooper, AIB's Youth Ambassador and of Kerry GAA, while James McCarthy of AIB F&L and Dublin GAA also gave encouragement to the students on the day.
"We aimed to create a fun environment for kids to learn and develop under the mentorship of AIB's fantastic volunteer base," explains Stephen McGurn, AIB's liaison partner for Junior Achievement Ireland. "Overall, the morning was a resounding success and we look forward to more events and programmes in the future for the 2016-2017 academic year."
AIB has been a long standing supporter of JAI and we celebrated 20 years of collaboration this year. Every year around 50 to 60 staff across all areas of AIB visit schools throughout the country delivering programmes designed by JAI.
Interview skills was top of the list for another AIB/JAI event when AIB hosted an Employability Skills Workshop for Marion College, a secondary school just behind AIB Bankcentre. This programme developed the techniques for those all-important future job interviews for a group of 25 students.