Updated: 16/03/17 : 07:50:41
Over 120 schoolchildren from six different Sligo schools explored the exciting world of engineering with the help of volunteers from Abbott. At a special event/series of special events the volunteer engineers demonstrated unique experiments to introduce engineering concepts to students, and talked about the wealth of career opportunities that exist for engineers.
The events are run as part of Engineers Week, a programme of nationwide events which runs from 4th March to March 10th. The purpose of the campaign is to create positive awareness of, and spark enthusiasm about, the engineering profession among young people.
Demonstrating the many real world applications of engineering was one of the key aspects of the event. Across the week 15 engineers from Abbott’s Nutrition and Diagnostics businesses in Sligo spoke to over 150 students. This included visits to Abbott’s Finisklin and Ballytivnan facilities by Coola and Grange Post Primary Schools and Colaiste Dun where they heard from about various pathways students can take to achieve an Engineering qualification and the career opportunities available in the local area. Interactive
Meanwhile Abbott partnered with STEAM Education to deliver a new programme, Engineering in a Box, to schools Sooey and St. John’s National Schools. These one off programmes provide children with aged 9 to 12 with interactive workshops on electricity and electronic engineering.
Speaking about Engineers Week, Conor Murphy, Site Director,Abbott’s Diagnostics said, “At Abbott, we realise our full potential by helping others realise theirs. This idea is at the core of our business and our interaction with the local Sligo community. By leveraging Abbott’s expertise in innovative research and development, we believe that inspiring the young people of today can produce the scientific leaders of tomorrow."
Lorraine Carroll, Site Director at Abbott Nutrition added “Sligo is this year’s European Capital of Volunteering, and we are proud supporters of this programme – which promotes the importance of volunteering not only in Ireland but throughout the European Union. Activities such as Engineers Week is a great example of how volunteering puts corporate citizenship at the heart of our business.”
More than 500 students, from primary and secondary schools around the country, will be reached by more than 50 volunteers from six different Abbott facilities. Abbott has a strong culture of giving and over the past two years their employees delivered more than 11,000 volunteer hours nationwide.