Science and technology night a big hit at Portlaoise College

Primary school pupils and their parents gather at Portlaoise College to experience STEM opportunities

Stan Henderson


Stan Henderson


Science and techology night a big hit at Portlaoise College

STEM night at Portlaoise College.

By Stan Henderson

The recent Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) experience night at Portlaoise College was deemed a great success according to feedback from the many parents who attended the annual event.

Portlaoise College welcomed a large group of fifth class primary school pupils and their parents to the annual STEM experience night.

Information leaflets had been distributed to primary schools across Laois and parents were invited to register with their child for the free event through the Laois Education Centre.

Participants and their parents were welcomed to the college by the Principal Noel Daly and each group was led through the evening by the school’s Prefects.

The students and their parents worked their way through four interactive workshops in science, technology, engineering and maths where they were challenged to use their teamwork and problem solving skills.

These workshops were facilitated by Portlaoise College teachers from its STEM departments.

Each group also visited a Mobile Planetarium provided by Exploration Dome, where they had the opportunity to learn about science and astronomy in a dome with 360 degree three dimensional digital projections.

After working their way through each of the four workshops, parents and students returned to the hall for refreshments. The Primary Pupils also received a STEM resource pack with a Certificate of Participation.

Portlaoise College principal Noel Daly says the turnout and interest bodes well for the future.

“The night was a great success with feedback from parents complementing the variety of interesting and informative workshops.

“Portlaoise College would like to thank all those involved in the planning and preparation for the event and the participants who engaged so well with the activities in each of the workshops.

“We have set ourselves the ambition that Ireland will become the best education and training service in Europe by 2026. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are at the heart of a technological revolution which is transforming the way we live and the way we work.

“If Ireland is to be at the forefront of this transformation, we must be a leader in nurturing, developing and deploying STEM talent.

“This Policy Statement focuses on the much strength in STEM education while providing a roadmap to address the areas for development. This is a challenge that requires many stakeholders to work together.

“It is also about encouraging and inspiring more of our young people, particularly more females, to specialise in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics during their education and training to open the doors to exciting and fulfilling jobs, careers and life opportunities,” he said.