Abbott volunteers bring engineering experiments to hundreds of students

Abbott volunteers bring engineering experiments to hundreds of students

Three volunteers from Abbott’s diabetes care facility in Donegal rolled up their sleeves last week to inspire more than 200 students from Donegal about the wonders of engineering.

The project coincided with Engineers Week, a week-long programme of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering, which ran from 28th February to 5th March inclusive.

The aim of the week is to create positive awareness and spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession to people of all ages, especially students, teachers and parents.

The application of engineering in everyday life is a key feature of the programme.

The volunteers from Abbott met with students attending the TY Careers Fair in Letterkenny to explain the exciting and diverse career paths that students can embark upon if they pursue a qualification in civil, mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering.

Speaking about the partnership with Engineers Ireland, Liam Curley at Abbott’s Donegal facility said, “At Abbott we advance leading-edge science and technologies that hold great potential for helping people live better lives. Every step of the work we do, from research and development to the manufacture of new products and technologies, depends on engineering excellence. We believe we have a role to play in helping young people to discover the wonders of engineering – and hopefully, inspire them to pursue careers in engineering and related STEM fields in the years to come.”

During Engineers Week more than 700 students, from primary and secondary cycles around the country, were reached by more than 30 volunteers from six different Abbott facilities, including Abbott’s diabetes care facility in Donegal, Abbott’s diagnostics facilities in Longford and Sligo, Abbott’s medical optics facility in Dublin, Abbott’s nutritional facility in Cavan and Abbott’s vascular facility in Tipperary.

This is the fourth year that Abbott has participated in Engineers Week, with more than 115 Abbott volunteers reaching 30 schools and 1550 students since 2013. Participation is supported by Abbott's philanthropic foundation, the Abbott Fund. Engineering Week outreach is part of Abbott and the Abbott Fund's broader work to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists, inventors and innovators.