Futurewize brings business know-how to science classes

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Pictured: Emma Kavanagh and Sine O’Neill, Blessington Community College, with Futurewize brand ambassador Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

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10 October 2016 | 0

A new classroom-based programme aimed at promoting career possibilities of STEM subjects to Junior Cycle students was launched today.

Sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland and Fidelity Investments, Futurewize is designed by Junior Achievement Ireland and developed by volunteers from the private sector.

Some 2,000 Junior cert students will get a broader appreciation for STEM through the involvement of 80 volunteers from Fidelity Investments and other volunteer companies once a week for five weeks.

Brand ambassador for Futurewize and Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Mathematics & Statistics Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin said: “I am passionate about inspiring students to be curious about the world around them and to be aware of the opportunities available to them should they decide to continue to study subjects such as science, mathematics, technology and engineering. An important part of this is that students meet and engage with positive role models from industry who can provide them with insight into what it might be like to work in science, technology, or engineering related jobs and businesses.”

A key focus of Futurewize is bridging the existing gender gap in girls pursuing further education and careers in STEM-related fields.

School partners on the Futurewize programme are based across the country in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and the border counties.

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