Twenty-six sixth class pupils from Scoil Iosagáin in Limerick, were excited to be some of the first students in the country to be introduced to science through practical and engaging lessons as part of Gas Networks Ireland and Junior Achievement Ireland’s (JAI) new online format of the ‘Energize’ programme.
Given the current Covid-19 related restrictions, JAI, which are marking 10 years in partnership with Gas Networks Ireland, is now running its successful Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programme, Energize, online for the first time.
Comprising five modules spanning the fundamentals of science, the programme highlights the value of STEM to young people in their everyday lives in a fun and interactive way, promoting a positive attitude to science.
Since 2018, over 13,000 sixth class students across Ireland have participated in ‘Energize’, which is traditionally delivered in classrooms by volunteers from member organisations such as Gas Networks Ireland.
Mr Eoin Crowley, sixth class teacher at Scoil Iosagáin, said:
“The pupils were delighted with the ‘Energize’ programme online last week; their feedback was very positive. We are delighted to be participating in this very worthwhile project as it’s such a great opportunity for our pupils.
“Bringing science to life in a fun and interactive way is a wonderful introduction to STEM subjects and is essential for children to help develop their curiosity and wonder about how the world works.
“The Energize programme really supports the curriculum and makes science enjoyable and interesting for my class. Having scientists and engineers from Gas Networks Ireland deliver the programme has certainly promoted a positive attitude and helped inspire my pupils who I hope are Limerick’s engineers and scientists of the future.”