STEM—Sligo Science Festival

Supporting science education in our local communities 

Supporting Sligo Science Festival—‘When I Grow Up’

AbbVie’s commitment to supporting the communities in which we operate was demonstrated recently through the company’s sponsorship of IT Sligo’s annual Science Festival. AbbVie’s support ensured the festival became even more exciting with extra events added to the calendar, including an AbbVie-hosted interactive event at IT Sligo campus called ‘When I Grow Up’.  

To help children become interested in science subjects, more than 25 AbbVie employees created an immersive STEM exhibit at the festival launch event, demystifying STEM subjects through interactive games and experiments.

AbbVie’s STEM-focused expo featured four distinct exhibition areas and 16 displays, including 3D-printing, virtual reality and lots of other interactive activities. Special guest, Dr Norah Patten, an astronaut-in-training who contributed to the launch of AbbVie’s ‘Back to School for STEM’ project, spoke to the audience of parents and children about her space odyssey. She detailed the many incredible career paths that can be unlocked by studying STEM subjects, among other things.

Our volunteers featured in a specially developed video which was shot on the day of the Sligo event.  The short film shows how young minds light up when the power of science is demonstrated. The video features a rousing rendition of ‘When I Grow Up’, from the musical Matilda. This version was specially recorded by boys and girls from the DAS Academy in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.