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Jasper from Drimnagh Castle Primary School, Dublin 12 has written a blog post about his experience during a JA programme
Anthony from Deloitte started coming to work with our class this term. We did many science experiments in the Gas Network Ireland Our Universe programme. For the first one we learned about bones and Anthony gave us a gigantic paper human skeleton and cut-outs of names of bones and we had to match the cut-outs.
On the second week we did paper chromatography which was very fun because we pretended we were detectives solving a crime of who stole Mr. Carte-Blanches valuables. The thief left a pen and there were three victims so we put paper in a glass quarter-full and put a sample of every ink on the paper. To us every ink looked black and when we saw results one sample was green the other blue and the last purple. The sample which was purple matched the crime scene sample.*
The third week was about energy, we learned that there are renewable energy and non- renewable sources of energy. Some examples of renewable energy were hydro-power which was powered by water. It worked by making the water move the generator and produce electricity. Solar power is powered by the sunlight’s energy being converted to electricity. The non- renewable energies are coal and oil because it will eventually run out.
For the fourth week we learned about a prescription for a healthy heart so we thought of this list. Don’t smoke, eat healthy, get at least thirty minutes of exercise and don’t eat sweets too often. We also made a poster with a slogan for a healthy heart. Our one was a pirate saying “Stay Heaarrrrrty”.
I think Anthony saved best for last because this was my favourite lesson. It was about light. We were given mirrors and paper and we had to write “Reflection of Light” in a mirror. This was difficult because if you move your hand to the right on the mirror it would move left. If you looked at the writing through the mirror it would look fine but if you don’t it would look like gibberish. We also built a periscope which works by making light reflect onto another so you could see higher this is mainly used by submarines so you don’t have to leave underwater.
The whole class really enjoyed all of the work we did with Anthony. Junior Achievement was loads of fun and it gave us all good ideas for different jobs that people can do when we are older.
* Editor's note: please don't pass on the results of the experiment #SpoilerAlert
Pioneering Project Management Initiative for Second Level Teachers
The ‘Project Management Skills for Life for Teachers’ initiative aims to increase the ability of teachers to integrate project management into their work to enhance the effectiveness of project based learning (PBL) for students.
The initiative is fully aligned with Key Skills, which help learners develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to face the many challenges in today’s world and are at the heart of the new junior cycle specification. Project management training for educators enables innovative and effective project based learning and allows teachers to use PBL to bring key skills to life in classrooms.
‘Project Management Skills for Life for Teachers’ began with an intensive week-long training in project management fundamentals, kindly hosted by PwC and delivered by p3m global, which will be followed by participation in PMIEF’s ‘Managing the Learning Project’ micro-credential programme. Earning the micro-credential allows teachers to provide easily verifiable evidence of their knowledge and experience in integrating project management into their instruction for enhanced student learning and outcomes.
To conclude the initiative teachers will study at the Buck Institute for Education’s annual PBL World conference in Napa, California to further build their capacity to integrate project management into their classrooms. On completion, all participants will go on to promulgate PBL within their own classrooms and schools with the support of their colleagues.
Teachers from eight different counties (Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Louth & Waterford), a wide range of both subject areas (including Science, Maths, Business and English) and schools (Community Colleges, Community Schools & Volunteer Community Schools) are represented which allows for shared learning and collaborative practises which otherwise may not be possible.
The initiative is part of a wider collaboration between JAI and PMIEF to develop project management skills in classrooms nationwide. 480 students completed the PM Skills for Life programme in the 2016/17 school year. The programme facilitated by industry volunteers brought TY students through the core principles of project management after which they actioned their own projects demonstrating the skills they acquired through participation. Another 600 TY students will complete the programme this school year.
“The 21st century demands a skilled workforce that drives organizational success and meaningfully contributes to the global economy. This requires the abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate thoughtfully, competencies inherent to project management,” said Jeannette Barr, Executive Director of PMIEF. “PMIEF is delighted our partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland professionally develops teachers to integrate project management into their curricula so they can more deeply engage students and help them strengthen these capabilities.”
Dairin Evers Nolan, a participating teacher in Holy Child Community School, Sallynoggin, said: “I am excited to be a part of this wonderful initiative which will empower me to utilise project management in my classroom, enhancing my instructional abilities as well as ultimately improving my students’ outcomes by helping them to also acquire and apply project management knowledge to their learning, especially those that are project-based.”
Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland, said: “We are proud to partner with PMIEF to develop teachers’ project management competencies, both to enhance their pedagogy and build confidence in deploying project based learning, which will ensure that second level school students gain an even better understanding of project management fundamentals, which are ultimately skills for life.”
Boue Cosmetics, a fledgling company from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal was acclaimed as the winner of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí 2018 National Final held in Galway.
With more than 750 Transition Year students taking part in Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Meath & Waterford, eight teams were ultimately selected to proceed to the national final. The standards set by these regional winners means the winner of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí can be regarded as particularly astute entrepreneurs.
Boue Cosmetics is comprised of Grace Ní Chonchúr, Kate Ní Chnáimhsí, Aifric Nic Niallais, Clionagh Nic Suibhne, Molly Nic Pháidín and Caitlin James. The company produces face masks made from peat moss and claim to be the first face mask made from peat moss for the beauty market. It also contains a unique mix of Aloe Vera, Jasmine Tea and Eucalyptus Oil scientifically proven to benefit your skin.
Boue Cosmetics was mentored by local business volunteer Evelyn Cagney, Pet Lamb Design and Criostóir MacSuibhne from Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Clár Comhlachta is developed and delivered by Údarás na Gaeltachta and Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI). Students create, operate and manage their own business as they move from the idea generation stage, to finance, production, marketing, sales right through to going to market. Local business volunteers, executives from Údarás na Gaeltachta and JAI mentored the students alongside their teachers.
Emerging from very competitive regional finals in Kerry, Mayo, Galway and Donegal teams from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Daingean Uí Chúis, Co. Kerry, Coláiste Chroí Mhuire An Spidéal, Co. Galway, Gaelcholáiste Chomáin, Ros Dumhach, Co. Mayo; Coláiste Ghobnait, Inis Oírr, Oileáin Árann, Co. Galway; Preab Teo., Gaelcholáiste Chomáin, Ros Dumhach, Co. Mayo, DCM, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, An Clochán, Leifear, Co. Donegal also represented their regions with great distinction at the national final. All participating students enjoyed a communications workshop with Darach Ó Tuairisg of Fíbín on the eve of the final, with each team exhibiting at a trade stand, displaying their business acumen during the judges’ interview and presenting their business ideas on stage in front of a public audience on the day of the final.
The judging panel comprising Sinéad Ní Fhatharta, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Ruairí Noone, Entrepreneur were very impressed with the performance of all the students across each element of the competition however Boue Cosmetics just edges out Stetsons N Steps from Gairmscoil Chú Uladh and Preab Ltd. from Coláiste Ghobnait, Inis Oírr to come out on top based on the quality of their innovative business idea and overall performance on the day.
Europe-wide research shows students who participate in entrepreneurial education activities such as Clár Comhlachta are more likely to start their own business, are at lower risk of being unemployed, and are more often in steady employment into adulthood. Clár Comhlachta aids in the development of creativity, initiative, financial literacy, teamwork, communication skills, understanding of risk and a sense of responsibility.
Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta, commented: “It was inspiring to witness such enterprising young people at the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár Comhlachta 2018. Their knowledge and enthusiasm for their business ideas indicates that enterprise in the Gaeltacht areas is in safe hands. Údarás na Gaeltachta are proud to help promote student entrepreneurship in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland and I’m sure we will be seeing more of these young entrepreneurs in the future. Special congratulations to our winning team from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair for your dedication and entrepreneurial flare. I am confident that these efforts will inspire new Gaeltacht enterprises in the future.”
Helen Raftery, CEO, Junior Achievement Ireland added: “The support of Údarás na Gaeltachta has enabled more than 750 senior cycle students to take part in meaningful real-to-life entrepreneurial experiences across the Gaeltacht areas through Clár Comhlachta this year. We wish to extend a special thank you to teachers and business mentors for their dedication in supporting and developing the entrepreneurial talent of these students who have also gained confidence in many transversal skills such as team-working, negotiation and public speaking – skills which will be invaluable as they progress into the world of work. We look forward Congratulations to all the teams that won the right to compete at the regional and national finals and to Boue Cosmetics for emerging as winners of Údarás na Gaeltachta - Clár Comhlachta 2018.”
16 Gaeltacht primary schools will undertake a special education programme in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a result of the new ‘An Chruinne’ programme devised by JAI and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
During the 2017/2018 academic year, JAI will work with Údarás na Gaeltachta to roll out ‘An Chruinne’, a STEM pilot programme, in 16 national schools in the Kerry, Cork, Galway, Mayo and Donegal Gaeltacht areas.
The programme introduces science through practical and engaging classroom-based lessons and is designed to encourage 6th class primary school students to continue with science as they transition to second level. Labour market data show that Ireland continues to experience a skills shortage in the STEM sector despite major growth and employment opportunities. Volunteers from organisations around the country will be recruited, trained and supported by JAI to facilitate the in-classroom programme fostering students’ interest in STEM subjects.
The programme consists of five modules and, importantly, will de delivered through the medium of Irish in primary schools in the Gaeltacht.
The Government Chief Whip and the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Joe McHugh, TD, said “I commend Údarás na Gaeltachta and Junior Achievement Ireland for establishing this innovative project. It is important that we encourage and provide the Gaeltacht’s younger generation with the skills to enable them to realise their vision for the Gaeltacht”.
Údarás na Gaeltachta Chief Executive, Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh also said “It is important for Údarás na Gaeltachta to encourage the Gaeltacht’s younger generation to move towards innovation and spark an interest in these sectors through their native language. They are our future entrepreneurs and scientists and they will create and develop the Gaeltacht of the future. Údarás na Gaeltachta intends to build on this project and extend it, if possible, in the future”.
Helen Raftery, CEO of JAI added: “We are delighted to have the support of the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge and Gaeltacht as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta. 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 Údarás na Gaeltachta 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."