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Maths Circles

An innovative and fun way to learn Maths and Claran are rolling out the circles in Irish National Schools!

We all know that there is a shortage of STEM graduates, so what are we going to do about it. This initiative is going to provide the foundation kids
need to grow and encourage their interest in science, technology, engineering and Maths (STEM).

Will you and your company help?

claran supports maths circles ireland


In other news: Sharing a Fabulous Story and Opportunity to enter a Great Competition.

Following up on our 'Girls in STEM' project, we would like to share this amazing competition with to win a trip to NASA's Space Center, Texas, follwed by a trip to California. The competition is open to 12-18 year old Irish residents, so spread the word all your daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends! The full article is below, which is definitely worth a read. It's great to learn how Irish women have contributed to Science throughout History.

Ireland’s Greatest Woman Inventor competition wants young people’s votes




A trip to US space agency NASA’s Space Center Houston in Texas, a visit to Intel Museum in Silicon Valley, California, and two days in San Francisco, California, all make up one grand prize that’s up for grabs for one young person who selects Ireland’s Greatest Woman Inventor in Silicon Republic’s new competition. What’s more, a parent/guardian and a friend or other family member can go along, too! Ten Irish women who have made a pioneering mark in science, engineering, maths and technology make up the list of finalists in the Ireland’s Greatest Woman Inventor competition: Kay McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Lilian Bland, Agnes Clerke, Phyllis Clinch, Margaret Lindsay Huggins, Cynthia Longfield, Kathleen Lonsdale, Annie Maunder, Dorothy Stopford Price, and Alicia Boole Stott. Our final shortlist was curated by science historian and author Mary Mulvihill of Ingenious Ireland, so many thanks go to her. The competition is open to 12-18-year-old residents of the Republic of Ireland. To be in with a chance to win the trip of a lifetime, all they have to do is read up on the finalists and then vote on the competition page for their favourite - who they think is Ireland’s Greatest Woman Inventor. Parents/guardians may vote on behalf of their child. We are most grateful to Intel for providing the fantastic top prize. There are prizes for runner-ups, too, courtesy of Microsoft - a Microsoft Surface RT tablet computer and a Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone.

The competition is open until 5pm on 22 August 2013. One grand-prize winner will be chosen at random before 30 August from those who voted for the winning woman inventor. The winner, once contacted, will be announced in September, and needs to be available to travel during mid-term break in February 2014.

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s year-long campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths

Claran Consultants Sponsors 10th International HHT Scientific Conference, June 12th-14th 2013.

Claran Consultants were delighted to be involved in the 10th International HHT Scientific Conference on June 12th-14th this year, in aid of the Grace Nolan Foundation. The Grace Nolan Foundation is a non profit organisation and registered charity formed by Michael and June Nolan in November 1999, and was inspired by the short but ebullient life of their daughter Grace, aged 9, from Hereditary Hemorragic Telangiectasia. (HHT).

Above: Photo 1: Dr Dennis Sprecher (Senior Director of Discovery Medicine and Drug Development GlaxoSmithKline), Mike Halpin, Denis Cusack (Claran Consultants) and Michael Nolan (Grace Nolan Foundation) at the HHT Conference on Friday 14th June. Photo 2: Denis Cusack and Mike Halpin from Claran Consultants pictured with Michael Nolan from The Grace Nolan Foundation and the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Buttimer, in the build up to HHT 2013 conference.

Cork 'Does the Math' to solve STEM issues in business

Claran Consultants promotes international Girls in ICT Day on April 25 and Silicon Republic's campaign, Women Invent Tomorrow. Encouraging girls and young women to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies.

Claran Consultants, a specialist ICT, life sciences and engineering recruitment agency, working with the local business and academic communities in Cork ran a series of events on the day, including delivering workshops in national and secondary schools and culminating in an evening reception and panel discussion at UCC themed on encouraging girls to consider careers in technology, maths and science and the role of government, education and business in supporting that endeavour.

"Our research shows that in schools girls are getting access to science education about one hour a week compared to two-and-a-half hours on religion and and 50 minutes on recall", according to Grainne Bagnall, ICT Manager Claran Consultants.

In addition, Claran Consultant organised a summer placement competition for one female transition year student and one STEM student graduate sponsored by a Cork based leading multinational. Mike Halpin, Chief Exec of Claran Consultants commented "Given that only 23% of all programmers in the US are female we feel that it is not enough to just encourage maths and science on a generic level, but to demonstrate that there is a fruitful and rewarding career when one understands that learning maths could be fun."



The children of the national schools were utterly engaged in the animation workshop. Having learnt from Cristina Luminea, CEO of ThoughtBox that 300 photos had to be taken to create 30 seconds of video, they asked how many photos for 30 minutes. When they were told to figure it out themselves, their immediate response was we hate maths. "The best learning environment for kids is one that gives them an opportunity to ask the questions themselves. They will then figure out the answer".