Pupils get a taste of world of science

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:40

Damien Henehan (Development Officer Junior Achievement) with Aaron Glancy, Darren Foley and Kian Cullen of Geevagh NS.
Damien Henehan (Development Officer Junior Achievement) with Aaron Glancy, Darren Foley and Kian Cullen of Geevagh NS.

A programme designed to nurture a love of science amongst young school children took place at IT Sligo.

A programme designed to nurture a love of science amongst young school children took place at IT Sligo.

Bord Gáis Networks, in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, brought the project Science Forward to the children through workshops.

Sixth class primary students were immersed in the world of science and technology with practical experiments and interactive workshops.

They were hosted at the Institute of Technology Sligo and over 75 students took part.

These included pupils from St Johns N.S., The Sligo School Project and Geevagh N.S.

Sean Casey, Managing Director of Bord Gáis Networks, said: "It's great to see science being promoted at this early age for the students.

"I hope it will help cultivate a greater number of science graduates in the medium and long term.

"We believe the students of today are our employees of tomorrow.

"It's vital we play a leading part in promoting science to produce the next crop of highly skilled graduates.

Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland said: "Science Forward introduces science to the students in a very hands-on and enjoyable manner.

"The specially-trained volunteers guide their respective groups of students through workshops focussing on various elements of science.

"Learning how the brain functions, the dangers of gasses such as carbon monoxide and identifying fingerprints are amongst the highlights.

Science Forward was launched three years ago and has tripled in size to over 2,000 pupils for the 2013/14 school year.

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