Groundbreaking school STEM programme launched at Donegal school

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, joined students and representatives of the global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie at a special educational event at St Naul’s National School in Inver today.The visit marked the official launch of the company’s Back to School for STEM programme, a schools’ outreach which promotes the job opportunities widely available in Ireland for those holding STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) qualifications.Employees from AbbVie’s five Irish offices and manufacturing plants will visit schools, including those they themselves studied at, to talk about the difference that those working in STEM can make for wider society. Minister McHugh said: “This programme is about opening young minds to the possibilities that can be unlocked with expertise in STEM.“Fifth and sixth class students in St Naul’s – and at the other primary schools which will be visited by AbbVie employees – will hopefully soon have the opportunity to select science, chemistry, physics and other STEM-related subjects as subject options.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, tries out an experiment with school principal Rory O’Donnell and Frances Doherty, Robert Love and Caroline of the global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie at a special educational event at St Naul’s National School in Inver, Donegal today. (North West Newspix)“Ireland is a global hub for life sciences and technology, so STEM education is crucial to continued future economic success. I commend AbbVie for their community commitment in working with schools.“It’s crucial we all encourage young people’s interest in STEM. Programmes like this can spark a love of science in children and put them on a path to incredibly rewarding lifelong careers,” he added. Columba McGarvey, Site Director at AbbVie’s manufacturing plant in Ballytivnan, Sligo, and a native of Teelin, spoke to the students about the wide-ranging and exciting career opportunities a STEM-focused career in the biopharmaceutical industry can offer.AbbVie recently announced a €113 million expansion in oncology-focused manufacturing technology at their Ballytivnan site in Sligo. The company also has a second plant in the town. The investment will create approximately 100 new jobs over the course of three years in a variety of technical and manufacturing positions.Mr McGarvey was responsible for managing AbbVie’s plant in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria devasted the Caribbean island.He told the young students that successfully studying STEM subjects could literally open up a world of job opportunities.“A career in STEM offers so many possibilities – ones that are fulfilling personally but, crucially, opportunities to positively affect communities and wider society at a time when multiple challenges face us. STEM can help you make a difference whether that be in helping to address climate change or being part of teams developing new treatments for cancer,” he added. Frances Doherty, a Biologics Technician at AbbVie’s Ballytivnan site in Sligo, who is originally from Coolboy outside Letterkenny, gave students her view on the benefits of working in a STEM job.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, pictured with staff and students and members of AbbVie durng the global biopharmaceutical companys special educational event at St Naul’s National School in Inver, Donegal. (North West Newspix)It is an important perspective at a time when, according to new research[ii], 64 per cent of girls in Irish secondary schools say they don’t know enough about STEM while 26 per cent of all students believe there are easier ways of getting CAO points than choosing to study STEM.“One of the biggest misconceptions about STEM subjects is that they are too difficult to get into, and that they can hinder your progress. The truth is that studying STEM subjects strengthens your options and can set you up for multiple life-long career paths.“If you are strong in these areas, you really do have the chance to change the world for the better. For example, Ireland is a global pharmaceutical manufacturing leader. Ten of the world’s top ten companies are based here, producing life-changing medicines that are distributed to people in need around the world. This is just one example, from just one area, of the many rewarding, challenging and interesting careers that studying STEM can help to unlock.” Students on the day in Inver had the opportunity to participate in a number of STEM-related activities and experiments which helped to outline the key skills that students can acquire by studying STEM subjects.School Principal Rory O’Donnell thanked AbbVie for organising the initiative and paid tribute to Minister McHugh for attending the event and taking time out of his busy schedule to meet and encourage local students.Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, with school principal Rory O’Donnell and pupils with Robert Love, Columba McGarvey and Caroline McClafferty of the global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie at a special educational event at St Naul’s National School in Inver, Donegal today. (North West Newspix)“Role models are vital if young people are to be inspired and encouraged to consider committing to STEM educational pathways and potential careers. Students that develop an interest in STEM in secondary school are more likely to study STEM subjects in college. This programme helps open up their imagination to what’s possible before they have to make those subject choices, and that’s a good thing,” he added.The STEM Gap in IrelandAccording to the most recent Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) ‘Science in Ireland Barometer: An analysis of the Irish public’s perceptions and awareness of STEM[iii]’, 70 per cent of students believe STEM is too specialised for them, and 52 per cent of respondents were deterred from studying science and maths at third level, largely due to the way in which these subjects were taught at primary and secondary level.AbbVie recently announced that it will be the main corporate sponsor of Sligo Science Week for the next three years. This commitment underlines the company’s continued support of science education activities in the wider North West region.Groundbreaking school STEM programme launched at Donegal school was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AbbViedonegalinverSt.NaulsSTEMlast_img read more

Golden State Warriors, Macy Gray to lead Silicon Valley Pride events

first_imgIt’s Silicon Valley Pride week, and there has been plenty of celebrating going on already even before this weekend’s parade honoring the Golden State Warriors as grand marshals and a daylong festival headlined by R&B singer Macy Gray.Earlier this week, San Jose City Councilwoman Pam Foley led a flag-raising ceremony for both the LGBT rainbow flag and the transgender flag at City Hall, which has been illuminated in rainbow colors nightly since Tuesday. And both a bus and light-rail train have …last_img read more

Van der Burgh shines in Doha pool

first_img8 October 2012World record holder and Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh continued to lead the South African challenge at the second leg of the Fina Arena World Cup, winning both the 50m and 100m breaststroke titles at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha on the weekend.Van der Burgh had to work hard for his first win, chasing down fellow South African, Roland Schoeman, to take victory in the 50 metres on the opening day in a fast time of 25.95 seconds.Schoeman held on for second in 26.38, with South African-born New Zealander Glenn Snyders in third place. He was followed by Giulio Zorzi and Neil Versfeld as South Africa claimed four of the top five positions.Second winOn day two, Van der Burgh kick started South Africa’s quest for medals once again by racing to victory in the 100m in 57.22 seconds. Snyders picked up second in 58.13, with Japan’s Daiya Seto finishing third in 58.60.Darian Townsend showed off the fine form he had exhibited in the first World Cup meet in Dubai and improved with each race he contested. In his first event, the 100m freestyle, he was fifth in 47.58 seconds as Australia’s Kenneth To and Tommaso D’Orsogna shared gold in 47.10.The Pietermaritzburg Seals’ star then picked up a bronze in the 100m individual medley, finishing behind To and Trinidad’s George Bovell.Improved resultsOn day two, Townsend improved to a silver medal in the 200m freestyle. Australian’s D’Orsogna took the win in 1:43.84, with Townsend clocking 1:43.95 and Robert Hurley 1:44.05.He then completed the move to the top step of the podium by capturing gold in the 200 IM after a great battle with Olympic bronze medallist, Lazlo Cseh of Hungary.There was less than half-a-second between the two men throughout the race, but Townsend’s faster freestyle finish made all the difference as he touched the wall in 1:53.75, just a tenth-of-a-second ahead of Cseh.Chad le ClosChad le Clos was edged by Daiya Seto in the 200m butterfly, with the Japanese swimmer claiming victory by one-hundredth of a second in 1:51.30 after the Olympic champion had allowed him to build up too much of a lead in the first half of the race.Le Clos was also third in the 50m butterfly, behind Roland Schoeman and Kenya’s Jason Dunford. Schoeman was away quickly out of the blocks and used his strong start as the foundation of his victory in a fast 22.43 seconds. Dunford clocked 22.87 and Le Clos 22.90.Although he didn’t add to his gold and silver medals on the second day of competition, Schoeman, at the age of 32, remains a world class competitor.He narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle by one-hundredth-of-a-second. Victory went to Anthony Ervin in 21.02, with George Bovell second in 21.06 and Kyle Richardson third in 21.54.African recordOn the second day, Le Clos improved on the African 100m butterfly record he had set at the previous meeting, pulling away to take the win in an impressive 49.60 seconds, thanks to excellent underwater work.Evgeny Korotyshkin, the 2010 World Short Course champion in the event, was well beaten, finishing second in 50.22, with third place going to the American, Thomas Shields, in 50.42.Kathryn Meaklim picked up a bronze medal in the women’s 200m IM, finishing behind Katinka Hosszu and Zsuzsanna Jakabos of Hungary in 2:12.73. She also placed third in the 400 IM.Narrow missesNeil Versfeld was fourth in the 200m breaststroke, three-tenths-of-a-second behind bronze medal winner Sean Mahoney. He also placed fifth in the 100m in 59.06 seconds.Breaststroker Tara Nicholas improved on her performances in Dubai by finishing fifth in the 50m in 32.65, fifth in the 100m in 1:09.22 and sixth in the 200m in 2:34.34.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Yahoo Reports Its Data Request Numbers

first_imgYahoo has joined the ranks of Internet technology companies demonstrating their commitment to openness – and trying to rebuild trust with their users – with its own revelation of data requests received from law enforcement agencies.Yahoo announced the numbers in a Tumblr blog from CEO Marissa Mayer and General Counsel Ron Bell, citing figures from December 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.During that time period, we received between 12,000 and 13,000 requests, inclusive of criminal, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and other requests. The most common of these requests concerned fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations.The FISA requests are presumably tied to the leaked program known only as PRISM, alleged to be the NSA’s secret access to major Internet companies’ data stores in the intelligence agency’s hunt for terrorists.See also PRISM Leaker Goes Public To Defend ClaimsSince information on PRISM was leaked by Booz Allen technician Edward Snowden earlier this month, the companies implicated in the leaked material have made a point to disclose what they can about requests for information, while asking to go farther and be allowed to separate the FISA request figures from the other law enforcement requests.The implication is that FISA requests are much fewer in number than standard law enforcement requests, which would thus let companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release some of the intense scrutiny they have been under since Prism was first detailed. But, until they are permitted to make such distinctions, it seems that these public transparency reports will have to do. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#FISA#Prism#Yahoo Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffitt Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Get ready for some cricketing action as ICC World Twenty20 kicks off in Sri Lanka today

first_imgThe moment one steps inside the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, it becomes obvious that one is in a cricket-mad nation.Hanging from the ceiling is a huge red banner that reads “20 times the welcome”, followed by the flags of the participating nations and the West Indies Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland.The ICC World Twenty20 that begins on Tuesday is indeed the flavour of the island nation, and cardboard cut-outs of the Sri Lankan cricketers adorn the entire 35km stretch of the road between the airport and the city centre.People from all walks of life are discussing Sri Lanka’s prospects of finally breaking the jinx of finishing runners-up in two successive ODI World Cups and the 2009 World T20, and they’ll get the opportunity to see how well their heroes have prepared on the opening day when they take on Zimbabwe in Hambantota on Tuesday.Sri Lanka is one of the toughest places to tour, not just because of the conditions but also the home team’s mastery over them.Featuring the likes of Tillakaratne Dilshan, ICC Cricketer of the Year Kumar Sangakkara, captain Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis, there is no doubt they will be among the favourites for the title.However, the fourth edition promises to be the most open in the short history of the World Twenty20, with six to seven teams of the 12 looking strong on paper.An overkill of India-Sri Lanka matches in the past few years hasn’t reduced the fans’ eagerness to see the superstars from the neighbouring country in action, with Monday’s India-Pakistan warm-up match being a talking point for many here.advertisementIndia’s batting looks capable enough with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni showing form in the two warm-up games, as Monday’s performance showed, the bowlers will need to step it up a few notches.Pakistan look strong, especially after their build-up series win against Australia, but inconsistency remains their Achilles heel.Sri Lanka’s Group C mates South Africa are the other contenders for the ‘favourites’ tag.They have got together a squad that has hardly any chinks, but the other ‘C’ word- choking that they will need to lay to rest.West Indies players have often been accused of being Twenty20 mercenaries, but their best lineup can give any team nightmares about facing them.Big-hitting stars like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo are expected to be backed up well by the all-round capabilities of Andre Russell and the ICC’s Emerging Player of the Year, mystery spinner Sunil Narine.The Australians and the English can never be discounted either, no matter how fragile their new-look sides may seem on paper.The format is one that is imprinted on the mind of every Indian cricket fan like a recurring nightmare since the first round exit in the 2007 ODI World Cup- four groups of three teams each leading into Super Eights- and one mistake can draw curtains on the big teams’ campaigns.Three factors that each team will need to take into account are the pitches, which aren’t expected to be as spinner friendly as usual; the weather, which is expected to be fickle over the next week or so; and the improved ability of countries like Bangladesh and Ireland to cause upsets.last_img read more