Galway students are up for the Challenge!

Challenge Science Students GalwayMore than 100 pupils from Primary Schools in Galway had the chance to experience the wonderful world of science recently and discover that science is actually great fun!

The students from St. Brendan B.N.S., Loughrea,  Killeeneen N.S., Craughwell, St. Michael’s B.N.S., Mervue and Scoil Bhríde, Shantalla had a day to remember at Challenge Science 2016, which was supported by Boston Scientific and hosted by NUI Galway.

The budding scientists were assisted by business volunteers from Boston Scientific, who held workshops on Forensic Science, Defence against Disease, Careers in Science, Technology and Engineering. They were also treated to a tour of the Science Department and Campus at NUI Galway by student volunteers from the ALIVE programme.

The workshops provided an appreciation and greater understanding of the ever evolving world of science. 

The event was opened by Prof. Donal Leech, Dean of Science at NUI Galway, who welcomed the students to the University and commented: “NUI Galway is delighted to provide the opportunity to our young Galway students to experience working as a scientist on campus through Junior Achievement and the support of volunteers from Boston Scientific Galway. I hope we see many of these students on campus again at our STEM Promotion events or eventually as students.

The enthusiasm of the students was evident from the start. Principal Annette Regan, St. Brendan’s Boys N.S., Loughrea said that  “the boys thoroughly enjoyed their day in NUI Galway. We were delighted to be invited to take part by Junior Achievement Ireland. The children loved the hands on nature of the activities and the volunteers from Boston Scientific were enthusiastic, helpful and related brilliantly with the children.

Elaine Boyd, ‎Director Human Resources at Boston Scientific, Galway commented, “We are delighted to be involved in the Challenge Science event once again this year.  Encouraging and supporting students to be interested in taking up any of the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) at second level is critical to the ongoing success of businesses like Boston Scientific in Ireland.  I was very impressed by the talent and enthusiasm displayed by all the students and their teachers.

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IPB Insurance giving Galway students great Community Spirit!

Over 1000 students in DEIS Schools in Galway are participating in the ‘Our Community’ project, during the 2015-16 school year. The project is kindly supported by IPB Insurance and aims to show students that they have a valuable place and an important role to play in their community, in the future.

IPB Pres Sec Sch Fiona MonnePresentation Secondary School transition year students with SAP volunteer Fiona Monne & teachers Niamh Nolan & Corina Delaney

The students from 11 different including Claddagh N.S., Scoil An Linbh Iosa, Scoil Chaitriona, Renmore, Galway Community College and Presentation Secondary School, are participating in a structured five-week programme delivered by business volunteers from Galway, using high quality Junior Achievement materials. 

Their business volunteer is a positive influence for the students; motivating them, increasing their confidence and raising their aspirations for the future .

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Europe4U comes to Mercy College, Galway

Winners of the EU Quiz GermanyWinners of the EU Quiz - GermanyOver 50 students in Mercy Secondary School, Newtownsmith, Galway took part in an exciting Europe4U event recently which was organised by Junior Achievement Ireland with the support of the Communicating Europe Initiative in the Department of the Taoiseach.  The aim of the project was to increase the awareness of students of the role the European Union plays on their lives.

The Europe4U initiative was made up of interactive workshops for Transition Year students demonstrating the advantages of being EU citizens, looking at the rights that come with EU citizenship, the role of the European Union and Irelands place in Europe.

Facilitators of the event included Margaret Teahen and Dejan Savic from Oracle and Niamh Grealish & Ray Fogarty of Junior Achievement Ireland. After taking part in the Europe4U event as a business volunteer I see it as a great opportunity for teenagers, who may not otherwise be exposed to such information, to learn and gain an understanding of what it means to be part of Europe. I would strongly support this initiative being rolled out to other schools so that these students become more aware of their place within Europe and how it can impact their lives.” Margaret Teahan, Oracle.

Students examining EU posters during fact finding activityStudents examining EU posters during a fact finding activity

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SAP - Skills for a Brighter Future

All students  teachers during visit to SAP2

SAP SSC (Ireland) Ltd. Galway recently hosted 50 Transition Year students from Archbishop McHale College, Tuam; Presentation Secondary School, Galway and Mercy Secondary School, Tuam at their Galway facility as part of the GMIT Future Skills Project.

SAP volunteers Grace McNally, Padraig Devery, Gesine Stanienda and Hayden Simpson shared their personal career experiences and facilitated workshops on topics including: cultural awareness, career development pathways and employability skills. 

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Roche Ireland -Volunteering to Help Students Transform Ambition into Achievement

 Roche Volunteers with Certs Compressed

Roche Ireland volunteers were recognised recently for volunteering in local schools.

If you know what you want your tomorrow or your ten years from tomorrow to look like, what do you need to do TODAY to help transform ambition into achievement? Investing time with the young people of today, encouraging them to stay in school and to maximise their opportunities is a win-win for the individuals themselves and for our society.

The involvement of Roche staff in JA programmes serves to complement the great work of our schools and teachers. The programme content and the training provided to business volunteers are designed to complement the volunteer’s own commitment in encouraging the students to see links between their studies and the real world.

One local principal, Martin Moloney, Principal, Clarecastle NS. describes his appreciation by saying: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roche Ireland for participating in the Junior Achievement programme and for providing their staff to come to our school. The Junior Achievement programme is highly beneficial to the pupils in our school and its effectiveness is greatly enhanced by the professional manner in which the staff of Roche Ireland delivered the programme to our pupils."

In helping students to see the relevance of what they do in school and its connection to the real world, our business volunteers can have a real impact. JA volunteers are regularly described by school leaders as role models helping students to see a positive future for themselves in the world of work.

By helping the students look at the variety of roles that are carried out at Roche Ireland in Clarecastle, staff ensure students hear first- hand about the value of education in buildling careers. They can then see what areas they are interested in and can learn about the qualification they will need to get in to their profession of choice. Whether that be in Production, Science, Engineering, IT, Accounting, Human Resources - there are volunteers from every area in Roche Ireland.

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