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ORAFOL Mark National Science Week 2016

photo 8In conjunction with National Science Week 2016,  students from 4th class in St. Saviour’s N.S. were invited to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at ORAFOL Europe GmbH.

ORAFOL and Junior Achievement Ireland, ran an exciting ‘School to Work’ Day  where the dual aim was to help the children realise the full range of services provided by this Waterford facility whilst also learning about engineering, science and health & safety. Throughout the course of an activity-filled morning, the children met with many of the staff working in ORAFOL.

The morning began with an introduction to what happens in the company and an opportunity to learn about some of the different careers. Following this they participated in a science workshop called “Rainbows to Lasers” where they learned about the properties of light and reflection.

After this they were brought on a guided site tour where they experienced the ‘Light Tunnel’, and ORAFOL’s laboratory and production facility. The last event of the day was a “Spot the Hazard” activity where the students identified hazards in a community and learned the importance of safety in the workplace and how to avoid accidents. We also had a special guest from Waterford Garda Station, Garda Bernard Dowling, who had a question and answer session with the students and reinforced the importance of safety in the community. Finally, the students were presented with their Certificates of Achievement by Finance Director Will O’ Reilly.

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Ciara Kavanagh, Principal of St. Saviour’s N.S., on behalf of the 4th class teacher said, “The students were delighted to be invited to ORAFOL for a visit during Science Week. The children really enjoyed the visit as it was both fun and educational. The staff from ORAFOL ensured that the children were looked after so well during the day and learned so much from the trip. We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone involved.”

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Medentech Engineer a Great Event

We were delighted to run a school to work day with Medentech as part of National Engineers week 2016. Twenty Four 6th class students from Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts were thrilled to be part of this event which helped them understand the great products which Medentech produce and how engineering plays a vital part in the processes of the company.  Six staff volunteered their time to work closely with all the students so that they had a better idea about some of the interesting careMedentech 2Students on a tour of the Medentech facilityers in engineering.

Michael Gately,  Managing  Director at Medentech and Deirdre Forte, Senior HR Manager at Medentech welcomed the students on site, and explained to the students about how their disinfection tablets kill harmful bacteria on surfaces to help reduce the spread of infection in clinical environments and how the water purification tablets they produce in Wexford reduce microorganisms to make water safer to drink.

Engineers Jason Malone and Ciaran Fortune helped the students to understand the link between the importance of staying in education and the job choices open to them in the future by taking the students through their education and career paths to date.  Following on from which Nicola Roche explained through an interactive activity how vaccinations work and can prevent the spread of diseases.

Finally Lenagh Rumgay, EmerMedentech 1Our Medentech volunteers Moloney along with Jason and Ciaran, took the students on a tour of the plant, whereby they saw first-hand what it was like to work as an engineer and the different engineering processes used at Medentech. After a very successful morning and to mark the energy, enthusiasm and effort that the students applied to achieving the learning outcomes of the programme each student was presented with a certificate of achievement.

Deirdre Forte, Senior HR Manager at Medentech commented: “Medentech have partnered with Junior Achievement for a number of years now, and we are delighted to host the school to work event again this year.  We are pleased to be able to offer the students an insight into the world of work and highlight the benefits a career in engineering can offer the future workforce of Wexford.  Participation in Junior Achievement programmes is a wonderful opportunity for Medentech to engage with the community and get involved with local schools.  Indeed, many of our workforce have children participating in our programmes who thoroughly enjoy the experience.”

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'Our Universe' Promoting Healthy Living in Waterford

Volunteer Marie Fletcher from Bausch & Lomb recently taught the Our Universe programme in St. Ursula’s Primary School in Waterford. The students presented their ad campaigns ‘Prescription for Healthy Living’ to Marie in class five. They had some brilliant ideas about how to stay healthy and designed great posters with slogans. Marie thoroughly enjoyed her experience delivering this programme and thanked the girls for their hard work over the duration of the programme.

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Challenge Science Opens Up World of Discovery

Challenge Science GenzymeChallenge Science was taken on by 160 school children from six primary schools in Waterford. All of whom got hands on experience of science when they took part in exciting experiments and workshops.

As part of a special two day event Challenge Science pupils aged 10-12 years old from St. Stephen’s B.N.S., St. John of God G.N.S., Mount Sion B.N.S., Our Lady of Mercy Senior Primary School, St. Mary’s N.S. and Waterpark N.S. learned all about forensic science, famous scientists, biopharma and future study and career paths. They also got hands on experience in the science labs at Waterford Institute of Technology.

Now in in its ninth year Challenge Science was developed by Junior Achievement Ireland to introduce primary school pupils to a world of discovery and to make them more aware of exciting study and career opportunities in Ireland’s thriving science, engineering and technology sectors.

In Waterford, Challenge Science was delivered at W.I.T. in partnership with Genzyme, a Sanofi company; with 16 volunteers form the biopharmaceutical company’s Waterford campus leading hands on workshops on Wednesday and Thursday.

Denise Power, Area Manager (South East), Junior Achievement Ireland said it was a terrific couple of days. “The children really jump in to make the most of the workshops where there’s a real emphasis on getting hands on and engaging with experiments. The whole idea is to show that science can be great fun rather than something hard to do. The workshops are also designed to have children working together to help dispel any myths about science being isolated solo work. There’s no doubt that any of those who enjoy Challenge Science will go on to have great professional careers and some of those who attended sessions in our early years of the programme are now through secondary school and are studying science at third level. All of our work is about helping young people achieve their potential and Challenge Science fits very well in that context.”

Gavin O’Brien, Head of H.R., Genzyme Waterford, added their team were delighted to volunteer for Challenge Science and got a great buzz from engaging with the children. However he added “There’s a recognised need to encourage more people to study science, engineering and technology programmes in secondary school and on into higher education so anything we can do to encourage children to start on those pathways is time well spent.”

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Waterford City & County Council & JAI host 'Our City' School to Work Day

Waterford CoCo3rd class students from St. Declan’s N.S. and St. Ursula’s Primary School took part in a Waterford City Council ‘Our City’ event in conjunction with Junior Achievement. This event was a great opportunity for the students to learn more about their City.

The event was opened by Paul Kelly from the Planning Department who explained to the students about how our city is planned. The students then took part in two Junior Achievement workshops which were delivered by Waterford City & County Council staff in the Large Room at their offices on the Mall. The workshops covered topics such as the city zones, how they are planned and how buildings are constructed and built to scale.

Teacher Margot Greene from St. Declan’s B.N.S. said “Thank you for providing such a worthwhile and rewarding experience for the students. The boys thoroughly enjoyed their trip and their knowledge and awareness of how a city is planned and the zones in a city has been greatly enhanced”

To mark the end of this great event each of the students were presented with Certificates of Achievement by the Mayor of Waterford City & County, John Cummins. A great learning experience was had by all.

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