Promoting STEAM in schools
Griffith College is aware of the importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to the Irish and global economies. The College has developed a STEAM bursary, in partnership with CPL Recruitment, aimed at promoting STEM subjects in DEIS second-level schools nationwide.
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 was supported by a range of leading firms including Wolfgang Digital, Microsoft and Core, who 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 has also committed to revamping a winning school's computer lab with improved, updated PCs as part of Griffith’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
For the inaugural bursary, schools were asked to submit an application, as well as a short video explaining how they could use the resources provided. They were asked specifically to explain:
- How they would use the award to increase STEAM learning in the classroom
- How the STEAM bursary would benefit students
- How they would monitor effectiveness and success
- Why they were deserving of the bursary
Winners of the first year of the STEAM bursary included
- St. John’s De La Salle, Ballyfermot
- Kylemore, Ballyfermot
- Loreto, Crumlin
- St. Colman’s, Cork
- St. Vincent’s, Cork