Location: Tower Hotel Waterford
Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology's STEM Outreach Centre, is delighted to welcome more than 200 pupils from local primary and secondary schools on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 to the STEMreach Paired Science event at 10:30 am in the Tower Hotel Waterford, the finale of the STEMreach Paired Science programme.
STEMreach Paired Science is a 6-week programme, in which primary and secondary school pupils work together to learn about science, science careers, and local pharma companies using this science to save lives. This programme, coordinated by Calmast, was developed by local secondary school science teacher Collette Kearney, Mt Sion Secondary School, and is supported by local pharma companies Sanofi and EirGen Pharma and by Science Foundation Ireland.
In this programme, the students learned about MS and cancer, and learned the science behind these diseases, how scientists in local Pharma companies work and develop new pharmaceuticals to treat these diseases and about the many STEM courses in WIT available for students to pursue careers in these exciting areas.
The Calmast STEMreach programme is a 6 week modular programme for TY students, who work with at least one primary school (5th or 6th class). A number of different modules have been developed (or are in development): problem solving, chemistry, physics, maths. Currently all secondary schools in Waterford City are running the programme and it has expanded to include schools in Dungarvan. It is planned to further expand in 2019.
The event will be opened by Minister John Halligan and will involve the students working together through their final worksheet on cancer/MS, patients with these diseases speaking to the students, and representatives from Sanofi and EirGen Pharma speaking about their careers in the Pharma Industry.