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Sunday 19 November 2017

Fingal school STEAMing to great success

A Fingal school that linked with an international company based in the county is seeing the benefit of those ties after St Francis Xavier National School (SFXNS) graduated from a new Irish STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) initiative 'Maths in a Box', aimed at providing a stimulus to primary school pupils to actively engage with STEAM subjects outside of their curriculum.

Pupils from both 5th and 6th class today celebrated the completion of a six week programme which involved specific STEAM related classes being voluntarily given by employees from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, a global biopharmaceutical company with its Global Operations and Supply Chain headquarters in Fingal.

The pupils were engaged in creative, analytical and lateral thinking skills to bring maths to life in a fun format.

Eight local staff members from Alexion Pharmaceutical's College Park facility in Blanchardstown volunteered their time to teach classes and assist the SFXNS children in visualising similar careers and having confidence in their capacity to reach them. The volunteers gave lessons once a week, over six weeks, and demonstrated a hands-on activity based lesson.

Through the 'Maths in a Box' programme, the volunteers are given an opportunity to 'give back' to society, while gaining creditable experience in education and interaction with children.

Alexion Ireland is a subsidiary of Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and delivering life-transforming therapies for patients with devastating and rare disorders.

Fingal is home to Alexion's global supply chain and quality operations, as well as being a future biologics manufacturing site for the Company.

STEAM Education operates with the interests of young minds at heart.

It aims to provide a stimulus to 5th and 6th class primary school pupils to actively engage with STEAM subjects outside of their curriculum. T

he programme involves representatives of local businesses who volunteer their time to act as a mentor alongside teachers in national schools and visit the classroom one a week. The volunteers are provided with lesson plans and a training seminar based on these plans in advance.

For more information, visit: http://www.steam-ed.ie

Fingal Independent

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