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Stryker Ireland Promote Science and Technology Skills

Volunteers from Stryker Ireland, one of JAI's long standing supporters in the Munster region and one of the world's leading medical technology companies, deliver a range of JA primary and second level programmes to students in Cork schools each year. Stryker employ over 2,200 people at numerous locations in Limerick and Cork.

In November 2017 a team of six volunteers from the Stryker site in Carrigtwohill visited Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Carrigtwohill to deliver Our Universe, one of JA's STEM programmes designed for primary school students. Sixth class students participated in activities from the Our Universe programme as volunteers guided them through the various modules which included conducting a C.S.I. experiment, examining the properties of light and building a periscope.

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Vice Principal of Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Val Quigley, expressed gratitude to the Stryker employees who volunteered: “The volunteers delivered the programme with enthusiasm and professionalism. The students were engaged, challenged and motivated to learn through the excellent content of the programme.”

IMG 0056Stryker volunteers with sixth class students from Scoil Mhuire Naofa

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JAI Partners with Alcon Laboratories in Cork

AlconVolunteer Katie Ward from Alcon Laboratories delivered the Smart Futures workshop to 5th year students in St Vincent’s Secondary School, Cork

Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) is delighted to welcome Alcon Laboratories Ireland Ltd, a division of the Norvatis group, as our latest new company partner in the Cork region. Alcon is a leading medical device manufacturer based on the Model Farm Road and has been operating in Cork City for over 25 years.

JAI works with both primary and second level schools in the Cork area and this new partnership with Alcon is great news for our Cork schools who are looking forward to meeting and working with Alcon staff as they deliver a range of in-classroom JA programmes.

The first nine Alcon business volunteers have already been recruited and placed into local schools. The volunteers are delivering programmes to students from Senior Infants to Leaving Cert and, as a science industry partner, many of the Alcon business volunteers are opting to deliver one of the many JA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programmes.  

We look forward to introducing many more Alcon volunteers to Cork students in the months to come.

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Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin face down the "Dragons" at Kerry Ingredients and Flavours

6th class students from Gaelscoil Carrig Uí Leighin with staff from Kerry6th class students from Galscoil Charrig Uí Leighin with staff from Kerry

6th Class students from Gaelscoil Charrig Uí Leighin recently brought their business ideas and innovations to the “Dragon’s” at Kerry Ingredients and Flavours EMEA (Kerry), Kilnagleary, Carrigaline. “Junior Dragon’s Den” is a Junior Achievement (JA) event, delivered with Corporate Partner, Kerry Ingredients and Flavours EMEA. Kerry invited the students into the Carrigaline facility where the students pitched their business ideas to a panel eager to find the next big business success and the entrepreneurs of the future. 

In advance of the event the students were assisted by JA staff to help them brainstorm business ideas and compile business plans before making a presentation to their peers, teachers and the “Dragons” on 31st of May in Kerry.

The “Dragons Den” event is part of an overall world of work experience for the 6th class students.   At Kerry the students were welcomed into the “world of work” environment. A series of introductions to onsite careers and a stint in the Kerry Laboratories for hands-on science experiments creates a valuable experience for all of the participating students.

Success at Dragons Den event in Kerry Ingredients FlavoursStudents pitched their business ideas to the Dragons

Janet Barry, Kerry Ingredients and Flavours, said recently, “Here at Kerry we really look forward to what is now an annual “Dragon’s Den” event with Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin. Our staff are now expert “Dragons” who year on year are challenged by and inspired by the 6th Year students. Located here on the edge of Carrigaline, Kerry and our staff are delighted to have this opportunity to work with the local community and contribute to the educational journey of young people in the area.

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Finance Your Future Highlighting Financial Literacy in Cork Schools

Students in Cork have been participating in the Finance Your Future programme during 2016/17. The programme, sponsored by the MetLife Foundation, is designed to enable students to understand how to manage their own personal finances and to link education and career choices with the work of work.

Over 300 students from 9 secondary schools in Cork completed the programme this year.  The programme was delivered by business volunteers from a range of supporting organisations in Cork including KPMG, Musgrave, Johnson Controls, Gas Networks Ireland, Janssen, Stryker, AIB and BNY Mellon. Over the course of five weeks, students were given the opportunity discuss issues such as the value of your education, earning potential, insurance, pensions and balancing your own personal budget.

5th years St Aloysius IWD 4TY Students from St. Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill

A TY student from St. Aidan’s Community College Ballyvolane commented “I learned that it is vital to save money and look ahead to your future. It’s also important to finish school and get a good Leaving Cert as it opens up so many doors and gives you opportunities. I enjoyed this programme a lot.

Rodger OConnor 3Students from St. Aidan’s Community College completed the programme with volunteer Rodger O’Connor from Gas Networks Ireland

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Gas Networks Ireland Promoting Science in Cork Primary Schools

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Gas Networks Ireland, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, has brought the Our Universe programme to over 900 Cork students in 2016/17. The programme introduces science through practical and engaging classroom-based lessons and is designed to encourage primary school students to continue with science as they transition to second level.

Our Universe 3Students from Scoil na Croise Naofa, Mahon during the 'Rainbows to Lasers' classDuring the school year volunteers from various organisations in Cork have facilitated 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).

Our Universe comprises five modules spanning the fundamentals of science while highlighting its value to young people in their everyday lives. Students solve a crime using forensic science, investigate the properties of natural gas , examine the properties of light and learn about the human body. Promoting STEM to primary school students in a fun and interactive way is crucial in promoting a positive attitude to science.

Aileen Casey Janssen bio6th class students from Star of the Sea N.S. in Passage West on completion of the Our Universe programme

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