Atlantic Corridor is delighted to announce a brand new project for 2015, following recent Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) approval. This initiative which will be run in partnership with SFI along with the Amber Centre in Trinity College Dublin and is entitled ‘Science with Inspirational Men tors’ or SWIM.

CEO OF Atlantic Corridor Jackie Gorman commented,
‘We are delighted to have received the funding from SFI, though its SFI Discover Programme Call, for this exciting new project, which aims to increase participation in STEM education and careers in our region. A new suite of activities will be delivered in collaboration with Trinity College and will specifically focus on the Midlands Life Sciences sec tor, which has strong potential for cluster development and growth. Proposed activities will address economic and educational disadvantage whilst also focussing on the potential the region has in this particular sec tor. We are looking forward to working with both industry and academic partners in rolling this out for 2015.’

Atlantic Corridor intend to design and deliver pilot programmes which will increase student interest in Life Sciences subjects and careers and will employ practices that research indicates are effective in creating student interest such as content related to real-world applications, ideally though hands-on learning. The project will place a strong emphasis on men toring from those in the education and corporate sec tors and also from role models and champions for Life Sciences education.
SWIM will make a strong contribution to Ireland’s national vision to be a global knowledge leader that places scientific and engineering research at the core of its society to power economic development and social progress. It also contributes to bringing such development and progress to a region, which has issues related to economic development and educational attainment. This work will be done by providing classroom activities and content that compliments the existing curriculum and links it to industry case studies.

Keep an eye out to see how this project develops in the year ahead!