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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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Off to Work in Orafol

ORAFOL Lorraine Mc Gavock with Mount Sion StudentsTo celebrate National Science Week, students had the opportunity to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at ORAFOL Reflective Solutions Ireland. On behalf of the hosts, Orafol volunteer and Mount Sion past pupil Anthony Power, commented “it was an absolute pleasure to meet the current students from Mount Sion, especially since I sat in their classrooms back in the late 1970’s. I was happy to play a small part encouraging their interest in the sciences and can see future scientists and engineers among them".

Eoin Fanning, 4th class teacher said: “The potential for learning outside the classroom was maximised brilliantly by the wonderful staff of ORAFOL. To gain an insight into how the industry operates, the skills our children can aspire to and the opportunities education provides was invaluable. Many thanks to ORAFOL and JAI.”

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Meet Our Regional Finalists from the South East

'Perfect Portions' St. Mary's Secondary School, New Ross, Co. Wexford.

Perfect Portions

We are Perfect Portions from St. Mary's Secondary School, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Our mini-company was established in December 2014. The members of Perfect Portions are Emily Kehoe, Aoife Byrne, Sian Feeney, Genevieve Walsh and Niamh White. Our aim as a mini company is to promote a simple but effective tool in tackling the difficult challenge of childhood obesity in Ireland. We have designed a 7" portable portion divider to help parents assess how much carbohydrates, fruit, vegetables and protein are being included in their children's meals. This easy-to-use, durable portion divider includes four information leaflets and a food pyramid. We have also designed a 9" for adults. 

 

'EZTrak' from De La Salle College, Co Waterford.

EZTrak

EZ Trak is a company that was set up by two students in De La Salle College in Waterford, Fergal Lawrence and Zach Power.They commenced their business in October 2014. At first they aimed to make a device to track bikes, but after research felt that if they made a multi-purpose device their target market would be largely increased. They now have come up with a small, durable device that could be easily hidden in or attached to items of value such as a designer handbag, laptop bag or a bicycle. The unique feature is that the device does not use a SIM card and they believe there are very few other products like this available to the average consumer.

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