By Your Side for Community: West Waterford in Partnership with CALMAST
West’s Waterford, Ireland site recently partnered with CALMAST which is Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) engagement hub that was established in 2003 to drive more awareness of STEM, building on the work of secondary schools in the south east region of Ireland.
This initiative leverages the resources of WIT, such as their lecturers and facilities, while also working in partnership with schools, industry and business, local authorities, public bodies and non-governmental organizations. The core value of CALMAST is “STEM for all” as they work in a spirit of partnership to engage as many students as possible in the areas of STEM.
COVID-19 has created challenges for holding in-person activities, so CALMAST began holding their events in a virtual environment, including some recent events such as Math Week and Science Week. Moving forward, the West Waterford team plans to continue providing support for similar events organized by CALMAST.
“We’re very proud of our partnership with CALMAST. Our team members will have a unique opportunity to engage directly with students and demonstrate what a career in STEM can offer and hopefully encourage them to pursue STEM in their future studies,” Brendan Fitzpatrick, Senior Director, Operations, Waterford commented.
Recently, West was asked to participate in virtual discussions with Transition Year Students at a local secondary school. Two team members, Trevor Grant, Lab Supervisor, and Eileen Kirwan, Weekend Production Operator (who also attends WIT studying 4th year science), volunteered to speak with the students about STEM, and their careers at West. The events were a great success and the team in Waterford is looking forward to participating in future events, such as bringing students to the site once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, that will help educate students on STEM and the work we do at West.
West targets philanthropic giving and activities to those that align with our mission in the focus areas of children, people with disabilities, healthcare, and education – with a focus on STEM. Thank you to our team in Waterford for your support of this mission, and for making such a difference in your community!