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In Pictures: Parents go back to school in Portlaoise College for successful STEM evening

Portlaoise College STEM Evening (2)

Recently Portlaoise College hosted their 8th annual STEM evening for 4th and 5th class students and their parents.

This evening was held for parents and students of 4th and 5th class from a variety of primary schools.

This was the first in person event since 2020, and as the result of its popularity it was booked out in less than 24 hours!

During the STEM evening, parents and students got to experience a magnitude of learning experiences in Woodwork, Engineering, Computer Science, Maths and Science.

Students and staff of Portlaoise College were on hand to demonstrate their passion for each of their STEM subjects.

Fiona Kelly, who coordinated the event, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for primary school students to experience STEM subjects at Portlaoise College as students got to conduct experiments, work with technology and experience a secondary school learning environment.

“Hopefully when they are choosing their subject options when they start secondary school they can now make a more informed choice.

“Also, their parents got to share in this process and saw their child being inspired was an added bonus: we hope that they enjoyed being back in the classroom.”

Principal Noel Daly, said: “At Portlaoise College we aim to equip our students with 21st century skills and engaging our school community in the student’s learning and our STEM evening certainly achieved these.

“It’s great seeing families come together to explore engineering, technology, IT, science and maths with engaging hands-on activities at our school.

“Parents then got to participate in their child’s learning. It’s a win-win for everyone”.

Parents expressed gratitude to the school for inviting them in and seemed to enjoy being able to work alongside their children in this way.

“It’s the kind of thing not all parents would be able to do with their children at home, so it’s a great opportunity to take up,” explained one parent.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.