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Janssen mark International Men's Day 2016

On 19th November 50 students from Nagle Community College, Mahon and St. Peter's Community College, Passage West were hosted by the Janssen group of companies in Cork to recognsise International Men’s Day 2016.  

International Men's Day aims to celebrate students postive achievements and their contributions to their community, school and places of work. It’s objectives include focusing on gender equality, inproving gender relations and highlightling positive male role models. Janssen have been a commited supporter of this international event which is celebrated annually in over 80 countries.

CxzFbjyWgAAaoypStaff from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Little Island with students from Nagle Community College

Nagle Community College visited Janssen Pharmaceutical, Little Island to learn about some of the different roles available in a pharmaceutical business in Ireland today. St. Peter’s Community College were the gusts of Janssen Biologics in Ringaskiddy, where the staff shared a little of their work and life experience with the students. Both groups were also given a site tour.

Speaking at the event, Cliona O’Geran, said “The Diversity and Inclusion Team were delighted to welcome the students to Janssen on International Men’s day. It was great to offer an insight into the work we do here and it was a opportunity for students to engage with our staff and discover the career possibilites available to them."

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Cork Embraces Science Week 2016

CxtjLneWgAAC OXThe Junior Achievement Famous Scientist QuizNovember 13th-21st saw a wealth of activity accross the country in honour of Science week 2016. Junior Achievement was involved in a number of initiatives across Cork City.

Celebrate Science Open Day was the fist of two large family days as part of Cork Science Festival 2016. On Sunday November 13th, the Western Gateway Buidling at UCC was filled with over 30 different demonstrations and displays for adults and children, including a Junior Achievement science workshop.

CxeYPggXgAI0XKtStudents testing their forensic science skills in Tory To Library, Ballyphehane

During the week the Cork City Library Network hosted several workshops for local primary school groups. Students got the chance to get some hand-on experience of what it's like to work as a scientist or and engineer. They tested their science skills and examined the role it plays in industry in Ireland today.

The weeks schedule came to a close with the inaugural Community Festival of Science at the Neptune Stadium in Blackpool on Sunday November 20th.  The event was a showcase for many of Cork's scientists, researches and science educators. Visitors to the Junior Achievement stand were asked to test their knowledge by attempting the Famous Scientist Quiz.

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Junior Achievement Celebrates 20 years of Success in the Cork Region

Donal Og students MathsDónal Óg Cusack with students from Glasheen Girls National SchoolJunior Achievement Ireland (JAI) was joined by Cork businesses, teachers, students and special guest All Ireland Cork Hurler Dónal Óg Cusack to celebrate 20 years of industry-education partnerships. in Cork. This event was kindly hosted by Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors, Citygate.

The morning event focused on the JAI mission to inspire and motivate primary and second level students to make the most of their potential by valuing education and understanding how to succeed in the world of work. Special guest Dónal Óg Cusack reflecting on the JAI mission quoted Albert Einstein “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Business Volunteers play the Global Connections ActivityBusiness Volunteers play the Global Connections Activity The breakfast briefing attendees experienced first hand the learning impacts of a Junior Achievement (JA) programme as 6th class students from Glasheen Girls National School shared their experience of the 'Our World' programme which was delivered by business volunteer Siobhan Bowden from Johnson Controls.  The students demonstrated their newly-acquired knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). They shared their learnings on how technology and communications are critical growth areas in the global marketplace and demonstrated their knowledge of entrepreneurship and global trade connections.

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Siobhain O'Hea

Siobhain OHeaSiobhain joined Junior Achievement in 2015 as a Programme Coordinator for Cork. She previously had a successful career in the insurance industry working in Cork and Dublin. With a  degree in Marketing and a diploma in Digital Marketing and Insurance, Siobhain spent  four years as a marketing executive with Allianz Insurance working on various marketing campaigns. Siobhain was inspired to join Junior Achievement after volunteering to teach a number of primary and secondary school programmes.

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Young Innovators at Work in GE Healthcare

First year students at St Aloysius Secondary School joined their Carrigtwohill (Co. Cork) neighbours at GE Healthcare to undertake the Junior Achievement (JA) Innovation Challenge.

GE CorkThe JA Innovation Challenge involved GE Healthcare volunteers who presented the young students with a range of specific business challenges in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines.  The GE volunteers then worked with the students to generate challenge solutions and innovations.   Working in groups the students learned to combine creative thinking and teamwork to develop and refine innovations and provide solutions to meet the challenge.

Food waste reduction, smart houses, innovative medicine labelling and smart packaging were among the innovations developed by the students who enjoyed their first practical experience of idea generation and entrepreneurship. The JA Challenge effectively steers young people towards business ideas of a more scientific and technological/ engineering nature and the students at St Aloysius Secondary School rose to the challenge. St Aloysius business teacher Catherine Begley said, “the innovation camp for first year business students is the ideal way to open up their imaginations to the creative process and to new ways of problem solving in the spirit of co-operative learning”.  The students showed real enthusiasm for the challenge and confidently presented their projects to their peers, teachers and volunteers.

GE staff around Ireland will now go on to deliver a further 3 Junior Achievement Innovation Challenge Camps in Dublin and Limerick.   In all GE will deliver 39 Junior Achievement Innovation camps in schools globally this year.

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