Research shows that, due to commonly-held negative perceptions of
science, many Irish students are choosing not to study STEM subjects
and are missing out on the value of STEM-related careers.
To help address this issue, AbbVie has developed
Back to School for STEM, a schools’ outreach initiative
that sees employees from AbbVie’s five different sites across the
country visit local schools, including those they themselves studied
at, to act as ambassadors for science.
The programme, which is supported by Science Foundation Ireland,
aims to give the inside story on careers in science and the rewarding
career opportunities that can be unlocked by studying STEM subjects.
The idea is that by seeing and hearing from these science role
models in person, and how they are working to change the world for the
better, it will ignite an interest in STEM and potentially inspire a
new generation of scientists and engineers.
In October 2019, the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh
TD, joined AbbVie representatives at the first school to benefit from
Back to School for STEM initiative – St Naul’s National
School in Inver, Donegal.
Watch this video to learn more about the school visit and
Back to School for STEM project.