Promoting STEAM in schools
In line with the Department of Education and Skills STEM Education Implementation Plan 2017 - 2026, two core aims of this policy are to (1) increase the number of students choosing STEM subjects in post-primary schools, those progressing to STEM pathways in Further or Higher Education and those who take up careers in STEM and (2) increase participation of females in STEM education and careers.
In support of this, Griffith College is providing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Bursary for DEIS second level schools nationwide, in partnership with CPL Recruitment. This bursary provides the winning schools with between €2,000 and €5,000 to use towards STEAM facilities and training for students and staff. The initiative is supported by a range of leading firms including Wolfgang Digital, Microsoft and Core, who have agreed to provide site visits, interview workshops and ‘day in the life’ events where students can meet members of their current teams.
The I.T. department at Griffith College is also committed to revamping a winning school's computer lab with improved, updated PCs as part of Griffith’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
Winners of the 2019/20 STEAM bursary included:
St. Dominic’s College, Ballyfermot, Co Dublin
Bishopstown Community School, Co. Cork
St. Brogan’s College, Co. Cork
Coláiste Éamann Ris, Co. Cork
Winners of the 2021/22 STEAM bursary included:
Bursary did not run this year.