Abbott Vascular, in conjunction with Junior Achievement Ireland, last month hosted a Bring your Child to Work Day. It was a great opportunity for employees to bring their children to see their workplace and take part in a Science and Health Workshop, which was delivered on site by Abbott employees.
The children were first brought on a tour of the manufacturing facility to learn about Abbott and to see what their family members do everyday. They found it very exciting to see what happens in the plant and had lots of interesting questions. Following this they participated in Junior Achievement Workshops, which ten Abbott volunteers delivered to the children. There were two age-specific workshops -
Healthy Living and Germs (age 7-9 years) - children learned about the functions of the heart and healthy living and they designed an advertising campaign to encourage people to look after their hearts. They also learned how disease affects the body and how to protect themselves from germs.
Famous Scientists Quiz and Mystery at Maggies Manor (10-12 years) - children learned about famous scientists, both historical and modern ones, and took part in an interactive quiz. They also learned about forensic science and how it can be used to solve a crime by carrying out a chromatography experiment.
Helen Halpin from Junior Achievement Ireland said “The Bring your Child to Work Day was a great learning experience for the children. The tour was an opportunity for them to learn about the different jobs that their family members carry out on a daily basis and gave them an insight into what it would be like to work in a company like Abbott Vascular. This event also highlighted to the employees that the company puts a strong emphasis on its role within the local community. Junior Achievement were delighted to be involved and it was a great success”.
“At Abbott we see the power of science in our work everyday. Through our partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, we hope to help encourage young children by showing them how rewarding a career in science can be and motivate them to pursue educational opportunities that will prepare them for the future,” said Alan Meehan, Director of Human Resources at Abbott’s facility in Clonmel.
“We hope the Bring Your Child to Work initiative demystifies the workplace a bit and encourages their commitment to learning. It is initiatives such as these that help create the spark for the next generation of innovators.”
Junior Achievement is a non-profit organisation and its aim is to create a culture of enterprise within the education system. Programmes begin at primary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers and the programmes continue through to secondary school.
For further information contact Helen Halpin, Development Officer, Junior Achievement Ireland – firstname.lastname@example.org or 086-8339710.