Two projects at the Atlantic Technological University have received Government investment aimed at improving public understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The funding will be focused on encouraging diversity and inclusion in STEM, while also targeting a wide range of ages including young children, teens and adults.
Atlantic TU secured €50,000 for The Engineering North West project which engages communities in the region through entertaining and educational events and school projects.
Nationally, skill shortages in engineering threaten economic and environmental sustainability and much needs to be done to encourage many more young people to consider future careers in engineering and technology.
The funding received for this project is said to enable ATU to engage more schools in its two main annual events; Engineering Expo and Engineering Fair.
The second Atlantic Technological University project to succeed in funding is the Current Chemistry Investigators, with university partners, Trinity College Dublin. Together they secured €235,696 to promote STEM engagement in Secondary schools and the community.
This project aims to improve STEM awareness and the contribution and impact of electrochemistry and analytical science in everyday life from clinical measurements to environmental sustainability.
ATU will host workshops aimed at TY, 5th and 6th year students and will be holding on campus and in school workshops from September 2022.