Time to tackle STEM reluctance?

LEAH SMITH | January 22, 2018

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The Irish Times recently posted an article where they examined a report that looked into the reasons why students continued to avoid STEM subjects in school. They, along with AbbVie, hosted an event to explore how industry and education leaders in Ireland can work together to create more engagement with Science, Technology, English and Maths subjects in school environments and in the article shared their findings.

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