5,000 students to benefit from Gas Networks Ireland Science Mentoring Programme

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STEM role models inspire next generation of scientists, coders, engineers and tech entrepreneurs


Gas Networks Ireland, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI), is delighted to announce it will launch a science education programme, Energize, to over 5,000 primary school students around Ireland. The programme will introduce science to primary school students through practical and engaging classroom-based lessons and was officially launched by science communicator Jonathan McCrea on 18 June 2018.

IMG 20180201 WA0001The programme is designed to cultivate an interest in science so that students continue with the subject to second level education. Labour market data shows that Ireland continues to experience a skills shortage in the STEM sector despite major growth and employment opportunities. Each year, 200 volunteers from businesses around the country will be recruited, trained and supported by JAI to facilitate the roll-out of the in-classroom programme – which is an integral part of Gas Networks Ireland’s commitment to fostering students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Boston Scientific Open a World of Discovery for Galway

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More than 100 primary schools students in Galway have experienced the wonderful world of science at Challenge Science 2018, thanks to Boston Scientific and NUI Galway.wkr[wkrw[p

DPogZp2X4AIH9dSVolunteers & students eagerly await the start of Challenge Science 2018The enthusiastic young scientists from Scoil Mhuire Brierhill, Presentation Primary School, Tuam, Cregmore N.S. and Carrabane N.S. were tutored by business volunteers from Boston Scientific during this exciting event held in NUI Galway (NUIG). The volunteers shared their experience of working in the medical device industry and held workshops on Forensic Science, Defence against Disease, Careers in Science, Technology and Engineering. Students were also treated to a tour of the Science Department and Campus at NUIG by student volunteers from the ALIVE programme who spoke about their experience at university.

The event workshops provided an exciting insight into the world of science and each of the activities focused on a highly topical and interesting scientific subject – such as the use of science in solving crime or the vital role of bioscience in protecting against the spread of disease and bacteria.