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First coding lab for Clonmel sponsored by Boston Scientific

As one of the initiatives of the Boston Scientific Women’s network to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to young women.

A joint venture was undertaken between the Presentation Secondary School Clonmel and the Women’s network.

Marie Lawlor a science teacher who is currently undertaking a post graduate certification in 21st century teaching and learning wanted to bring coding to life within the school.

She was inspired by the students from the school Caoimhe Woods and Aoibhin Foley who won the Alexion Award at the young scientist earlier in the year.

Ethel Reynolds Principal & Michael O’Loughlin Deputy Principal were supportive of the project and provided a low usage classroom which is now rejuvenated into the computer science coding lab.

Parents, teachers and students alike all baked to contribute to a huge bake sale held at Boston Scientific in Feb. Over €1400 was raised on a cake sale and a further €1189 was donated by Boston Scientific and the Women's Network.

In addition utilizing the Boston Scientific environmental recycling program the company were able to repurpose some tables and chairs from the plant.

Volunteers from the companies Women’s and Young Professional network and school painted the classroom to give it new life and purpose over the midterm. Finally all equipment was purchased and an official opening was held on the 24th of March.

Ethel Reynolds Principal spoke about her delight and the opportunity this new resource provides for their students.

The continual evolution of education requires innovation and creativity to be at the forefront of the skills we equip our young ladies with. Kieran Dunne – HR director of Boston Scientific – spoke about his pleasure that we were able to support such a great initiative.

The engagement and energy from the students makes the effort to bring this project to fruition worthwhile.

He also spoke about the many opportunities for a diverse range of careers from STEM. Brid Hallinan – chairperson of the Boston Scientific Women’s network spoke passionately about the need for young women to engage in STEM and to really look at the huge possibilities careers in STEM can provide.

She spoke about the need for diversity in the workplace and the unique perspective women bring to any organization.